Meet the SRC's leadership team
John Brodie M.B.E.Chairman
John Brodie M.B.E. is Chief Executive of Scotmid, the largest independent co-operative in Scotland with around 350 retail outlets employing more than 4,000 people in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. The main trading businesses include food, Semichem, funeral and property. John trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant working eight years in practice before he joined Scotmid in 1993 as Financial Controller. John has been a SRC Board member since 2015 and has previously represented Scotmid in a number of Board capacities. He is also a member of the Audit Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS), and a Board member of the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly SKFF). He became SRC Chairman on 1 January 2018 and was awarded the M.B.E. in the New Year Honours List 2018.
TONY MCELROYSRC Vice-Chair
Tony leads Government Relations and Communications for Tesco PLC in the Devolved UK nations. He is responsible for policy engagement across customer and business critical issues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Previously working in Scotland then London in Politics and Consultancy, Tony has a particular interest in digital and comms.
Outside of work Tony is Chairman of Impact Arts, one of Scotland’s leading charities committed to helping people and communities transform their lives through creativity and the arts.
DAVID LONSDALEDirector, SRC
David Lonsdale is the Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium. Prior to this he was Assistant Director at CBI Scotland for 8 years until 2013, and previously worked at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, rising from Policy Officer to become Head of Policy & Public Affairs.
David’s responsibilities at the SRC involve representing and promoting the interests of the retail industry and member companies to government, policy makers and opinion formers on a wide range of public policy issues.
He is chairman of Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, a board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and a member of SCDI’s National Policy Committee.
Ewan MacDonald-RussellSRC Head of Policy and External Affairs
Ewan is Head of Policy & External Affairs for the Scottish Retail Consortium. He previously was Public Affairs Advisor for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, and before that worked for the Scottish Youth Parliament, Scottish Parliament & Business Exchange, having started his career at the Courier Newspaper in Dundee.
Ewan leads on the development of SRC policy, collaborating with stakeholders, members, and colleagues to develop the SRC’s position on relevant Scottish issues. He also leads on the development of the SRC’s media activity. He can be found on Twitter @ewanmacdonald