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6th June 2022

Emma McClarkin awarded OBE

Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association Emma McClarkin has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the beer and pub industry.

The award recognises Emma’s service to the industry since joining the British Beer & Pub Association in 2019, in particular her support and championing of the industry throughout the pandemic.

In response to receiving the award she said:

“I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour. It is truly wonderful to receive this recognition on behalf of the beer and pub sector and for the incredible work the British Beer and Pub Association have done throughout the pandemic and continue to do to support the sector I am so passionate about. 

“When I entered the industry in 2019, I had no idea what lay ahead of us, but I have been truly amazed at the resilience, warmth and ingenuity of the people and businesses in our sector to come together and pull through a once in a lifetime challenge.

“I look forward to celebrating with my family and friends over the Jubilee weekend in my local with a pint of beer in hand!

Kevin Georgel, Chairman of the British Beer & Pub Association and Chief Executive of St Austell Brewery said: 

Emma has shown dedication and a tireless commitment to getting real results for our industry in the most challenging of times. As a leader she has helped ensure that our sector has a unified voice when we need it more than ever.  

“This award is testament not only to her passion and support for pubs and breweries in difficult times, but her desire to help our industry, innovate, look forward and be stronger than ever. On behalf of our membership and the wider sector I would like to congratulate Emma on this worthy recognition and thank her for her enormous contribution.” 


Notes to editors:

About Emma McClarkin

Since joining the BBPA as Chief Executive in 2019 she has led the organisation through the pandemic securing support for and championing the issues that matter to the beer and pub industry. From celebrating the social value of community pubs to promoting beer as the nation’s drink of choice, campaigning against increases in taxation on the sector from beer duty to business rates so it can continue to thrive. Prior to joining the BBPA, Emma served as a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands for 10 years. Emma is also a Non-executive Director for the Ivors Academy (for songwriters and composers) and Hampshire Cricket.

Emma also supports the work and campaigns of many local charities and organisations including the Children’s Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, Breast Cancer Now and is a Trustee of homeless to hospitality charity Only a Pavement Away.  Emma is also an Internet Watch Foundation Champion for Child Protection. She campaigned as a Fire Safety Ambassador and is proud to have participated in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme graduating with the Army and supporting our troops.

About the British Beer & Pub Association
The BBPA represents companies in the UK which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs. Our members include international companies, family brewers, managed locals, and the nation’s largest tenanted pub estates.

  • 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


Press release from BBPA