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7th December 2023

BBPA appoints Nick Mackenzie as Chairman

Greene King CEO Nick Mackenzie was today elected the new Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.

Having served as Vice-Chair since late 2020, Nick now replaces St Austell Brewery CEO Kevin Georgel as BBPA Chairman, who had held the position since 2021.

Nick, who has been CEO at Greene King since May 2019, started his career in pubs at Bass and Allied, and subsequently went to a successful career at Merlin Entertainments, including holding the position of Managing Director at Midway Attractions.

Nick Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Greene King, said:

“It is a real honour to take on the position as Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association, which will give me the opportunity to extol the virtues and the value of an industry that I am so passionate about.

“This industry has a huge role to play in creating jobs, growing the economy and bringing people together in communities across the country. And, despite the challenges our industry faces, I see a very successful future for beer and pubs and I am looking forward working with the BBPA to help shape the long-term future for the sector.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:

“I would like to pay tribute to our outgoing Chairman Kevin Georgel for his eight years of service on the board of the BBPA, and especially for his work in the last two years as our Chairman. He has provided invaluable support to the BBPA’s work in that time, all while taking St Austell Brewery to new heights of success at the same time.

“I am very pleased that Nick Mackenzie has today become the new Chairman of the BBPA . His leadership of Greene King over the last four years, and his time as Vice-Chair, confirms to me that he will help lead Britain’s beer and pub sector to new heights as the BBPA continues to fight for our nation’s brewers and pubs.”

Kevin Georgel, Chief Executive, St Austell Brewery said:

“The last two years serving as Chairman – and eight on the Board – have been extraordinary. I’m immensely proud of the BBPA team and all that has been achieved, during the most challenging of times, to support our sector and our members.

“I stand down with the association in good health, as it continues to modernise and evolve to meet the needs of pubs and breweries nationwide. Going into 2024, we have a refreshed, positive strategy and a strong, experienced Board who I know will continue to support Emma and the team.

“I’m delighted that Nick Mackenzie has agreed to be my successor, taking the association into its next chapter as the new Chairman. I’m confident he will receive the full support and endorsement of our members, as one of our industry’s biggest champions, and wish him all the best in his new role.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to provide my support for the BBPA as a committed member and an advocate for all that we do to further the prospects for businesses across our sector.”


For more information or to arrange an interview contact / 020 7627 9199

About the British Beer & Pub Association
The BBPA represents businesses which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs.

Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.

These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.

The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs

The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year


For more information or to arrange an interview contact / 020 7627 9199

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