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Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Appointed to the Board in March 2002 and became Chairman in October 2005. He stepped down as Director General of the Institute of Directors in September 2012 and was formerly Group Marketing Director of Whitbread and Managing Director of the Whitbread Beer Company, where he was responsible for developing Stella Artois into the leading premium lager in the UK.
In 2001 he took up a variety of directorships and consultancy roles. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Rugby Football Union, Melrose plc, Aspria Holdings BV and Fairgrove Partners Limited.
Joined the Company in 1991. Was Company Secretary until July 1994 and Tied Trade Director until 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director; he was appointed Chief Executive in 2003.
He is a Barrister-at-law and was a Management Consultant with the COBA Group from 1987 to 1991. He is a Non-Executive Director of the St Austell Brewery Company Ltd and a Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation.
He is Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association.
Appointed to the Board in February 2012. He joined the Company from J Sainsbury plc, where he was head of Finance, Food, since 2008.
He joined Sainsbury’s in 2001 and held a number of senior finance roles, including Head of Financial Planning and Corporate Finance and Group Financial Controller. Prior to joining Sainsbury’s he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK).
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Joined the Company in 1978. He is a chartered surveyor and was appointed to the Board in January 2001. He is also a Director of the Institute of Licensing and Director of the Pub Regulatory Board.
Will become Property and Services Director with responsibility for all property matters, technical services and other commercial issues with effect from July 2014.
Joined the Company in 1993. He has held various management positions including responsibility for the Free On Trade and National Sales.
He was operations manager for Tenanted pubs from 2001 to 2003 as well as retail pubs operations manager from 2003. He was appointed to the Board in August 2005. He is a Non-Executive Director of Davy & Co Ltd, Chairman of the Independent Family Brewers of Britain Operations Group and a Director of Visit Kent.
Will become Director of Retail and Tenanted Operations with effect from July 2014.
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Appointed to the Board in September 2004. He is Chief Executive of Credit Suisse UK.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of RIT Capital Partners plc.
Appointed to the Board on 12 September 2013 on the retirement of Mr R L Nicol.
He is Executive Chairman of Robert Brett & Sons Ltd and Chairman of the Mineral Products Association.
Chairman of the Pension Trustees
Joined the Company in 1956 and was appointed to the Board in 1957. Was appointed Executive Chairman in 1971 and served in this role until October 2005. He retired from the Board in June 2006.
He is the Company’s first President and is Chairman of the trustees of the Shepherd Neame Company Retirement Account.
In July 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law at the University of Kent and in 2010 he was appointed an Honorary Alderman by Kent County Council in recognition of his service to the County Council and the people of Kent.
He has held various management positions within the Company and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.