Jonathan Neame to become new BBPA chairman

11 May 2012 by
Jonathan Neame to become new BBPA chairman

Jonathan Neame, the chief executive of Kent-based brewer and pub company Shepherd Neame, is to become the new chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Neame's appointment follows the departure of Molson Coors chief executive Mark Hunter, who is taking up a role as head of a new, Europe-based business unit following Molson Coors' acquisition of StarBev. A handover will take place before the end of June.

Neame is currently a BBPA vice-chairman and executive board member and moves from his current role as chairman of the BBPA's future beer group, where he has led the BBPA's high-profile campaigning against excessive beer tax rises, and its championing of beer as a category.

Neame joined his family company in 1991. He was company secretary until 1999 when he was appointed managing director. He became chief executive in 2003. He is a barrister and was a managing consultant with COBA Group from 1987 to 1991. He is also a non-executive director of the St Austell brewery company.

Neame said: "In Britain we should all cherish and celebrate the role of beer and pubs. They are vital to the country's economic, social and cultural life and with the right support should be a driver of growth, investment and job creation. I am passionate about the industry and honoured to step into the role at this time."

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds added: "I am delighted to welcome Jonathan as our new chairman. He brings huge experience of brewing and pubs. He is already a great champion of British beer, and also of the need for the industry to work closely together to ensure our voice carries weight with Government."

Stefan Orlowski (Heineken UK managing director) is to become BBPA vice-chairman and Paul Wells (chief executive, Charles Wells) a BBPA director.

Mark Hunter to step down as BBPA chairman >>

BBPA renews call for beer tax freeze as figures show UK alcohol consumption has fallen again >>

BBPA sends MPs message in a bottle to highlight high tax on beer >>

By Neil Gerrard

E-mail your comments to Neil Gerrard here.

Tabletalk
Tabletalk
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer and Hotelkeeper's new networking forum. Go to www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk

Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs

Blogs on Catererandhotelkeeper.com ](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer and Hotelkeeper's blogs
[E-Newsletters](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/email-newsletters.htm)[ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking