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10th June 2016

British Guild of Beer Writers seeking new Secretary.

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Adrian Tierney Jones is standing down as Secretary of the British Guild of British Beer Writers after eleven years in the role.

Guild Chairman, Tim Hampson said “Adrian has done a fantastic job as Guild Secretary.  During his tenure the membership, scale of activity and reputation of the Guild have grown out of all recognition.  This is a tribute to enormous amount of hard work that Adrian has put in over and above his day job of being one of the UK’s busiest and most respected beer writers.”

“The Guild Committee have ambitious plans to further increase the Guild’s influence at a very exciting time for British Beer.  We have decided to recruit a secretary to work one day a week for the organisation.  We are looking for someone with a passion for beer and the drive to take the Guild to the next level as the “go to” organisation for anyone needing expert communication about beer, brewing and pubs.”


Job Description – Guild of British Beer Writers – Secretary


Job Purpose:  This part time role will report to the Chair and Board of the Guild and be responsible for managing the delivery of Guild activity in order to:

–        Build the reputation of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

–        Enhance the value of Guild membership and sponsorship to members and corporate sponsors.

–        Increase the quality and quantity of beer writing (and broader communication about beer) in the UK media

The role will be home based and require some travel around the UK.   The applicant will be contracted to work flexibly equivalent to one day per week


Person Profile:  The successful candidate will be:

–        A self-starter

–        Excellent organisational skills

–        Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

–        Thorough grasp of beer, the UK brewing industry and beer writing.

Key responsibilities and Accountabilities


  1. Membership

–        Recruitment of new individual and corporate members

–        Collection of annual subscriptions

  • Attend the Membership Sub-Committee
  • Maintain the members profile section on the website.


  1. Governance. Arrange and advertise the AGM and Board Meetings.  Record actions and circulate minutes.


  1. Finance

–         Attract corporate sponsorship for Guild activity

–        Manage Guild expenditure to ensure that activity is delivered within budget


  1. Events.  Put in place a programme of Guild events for members including:

–        Pre GBBF event

–        Workshops, seminars and regional events.
There is currently a contract with a different consultant to manage the Guild’s Annual Dinner.


  1. Communication.  Establish an effective suite of communication channels to Guild Members and other stakeholders to increase the awareness of Guild activity.  This might include:

–        Newsletter

–        Website

–        Annual year book

–        Social media (Twitter, Facebook)

–        Press releases

–        Be the first point of contact for member’s enquiries


  1. Training.  Develop a series of training courses and materials to enable Guild members to develop their capability as beer writers.


Remuneration:  The total remuneration package will be £20,000 per annum including expenses to be agreed with the Chair of the Guild.  Cask Marque will provide administrative support to the role.


Closing date – Thursday 30th June 2016


To apply, please send your covering letter and CV to:  Tim Hampson, Chair of the Guild of British Beer Writers.