Staff Profiles


Pete Cheema OBE, Chief Executive, SGF

Pete’s career began in the financial and banking services industry before he moved into convenience retailing in Scotland. He has vast knowledge and experience of our sector, having owned and managed a number of award winning stores over the years.

In a retailer capacity, Pete has sat on the SGF National Executive since 2000, serving as President from 2006 to 2008. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive in 2015 and has seen the organisation go from strength to strength ever since, with membership numbers increasing dramatically, and increasing the staff at Federation House.

Pete is currently a Board member of the Scottish Retail Consortium and Scotland’s Town Partnership, as well as being a former lay adviser to Police Scotland from 2000 to 2018. He also sits on a number of Scottish Government committees and Glasgow’s Licensing Forum.

Pete was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018 for services to Business, Community Cohesion and Charity.



Jim Amabile, Managing Director, PGMA (Scotland) Ltd

Jim manages PGMA (Scotland) Ltd, the buying group under the SGF umbrella. Using his 42 years experience gained in buying, sales and administration posts within the grocery trade, Jim runs a small team of PGMA staff, dedicated to providing the correct buying and distribution opportunities for convenience retail stores. Jim joined SGF in 2000.



Pauline Mullen, Officer Manager

As well as managing the office Pauline is PA to Pete Cheema. Pauline organises SGF events including the Annual Conference and handles day to day issues at Federation House. Pauline has worked at SGF for a number of years.



John Lee, Head of Policy and Public Affairs 

John has over 10 years of experience leading on work with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and other key policy and decision makers. He also leads on SGF's external communications and media relations work.