John Walters, chairman and chief executive of Brooks Service Group has been elected president of the Textile Services Association, taking over from Martyn Lewis. The AGM also voted Roger Oliver, London Linen Supply as vice president and Keith Ellarby of Innisfail Laundry as treasurer.

Accepting the role of president, Mr Walters said his top priority would be to work with chief executive Murray Simpson to reform the association to ensure efficient and effective decision making, unhindered by outmoded governance arrangements.

Mr Walters joined the textile services industry in 1990 as MD for the retail division of Brooks Service Group becoming its chief executive in 1995 and taking the company into private ownership in January 2001.