Fuller, Smith & Turner, the premium pubs and hotels business, is delighted to announce the appointment of Iain Rippon to the role of Head of Operations – Tenanted, with effect from 30 September 2019.
Iain has over 15 years’ experience running tenanted and leased pubs with his former employer, Punch Taverns, where he held several positions, most recently Operations Director for the South East division. Before joining Punch, Iain worked in the off trade, prior to which he worked in France. Iain has a strong track record of developing his team, bringing together a wide range of functions to support his tenants and lessees, and – as a result – attracting and retaining great licensees.
Iain said: “I’m delighted to be joining Fuller’s. It’s a company and a culture I’ve long admired and this is a great opportunity to help shape the division going forwards. Fuller’s has some amazing tenanted pubs and I’m excited about getting know the licensees and business development managers that are behind them.”
Simon Emeny, Chief Executive of Fuller’s, said: “This is a great hire for Fuller’s – and I’m delighted to have appointed someone with Iain’s experience and track record. Iain is a great fit and he completes my senior team line up. I’m looking forward to seeing how he builds on the initiatives started under Fred Turner and brings in new ideas to inspire his team and our tenants to grow this important part of our business.”
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Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is a premium pubs and hotels business. The Company runs 180 Tenanted pubs and 204 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 817 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 173 locations within the M25. In June 2018 Fuller’s acquired Bel & The Dragon, comprising six stunning country inns (included in the pub numbers above), and the Company also owns The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 16 sites in England and Wales. In April 2019, Fuller’s sold its brewing division to Asahi Europe Ltd.