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17th June 2024

Market Taverns appoints Suzanne Baker as Non-Executive Director

Suzanne Baker has been appointed Non-Executive Director of progressive London pub operator, Market Taverns.  With a hugely successful track record in hospitality Suzanne, who has over 35 years’ experience at the forefront of hospitality retailing, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Market Taverns board.

Suzanne was appointed to her first board position at JD Wetherspoon at age 33. Following 13 years growing the brand Suzanne joined Stonegate Group as Commercial Director commanding the best in procurement and business strategy managing multi-million-pound contracts.  Suzanne was instrumental in the business growth success that saw the Stonegate business expand from 180 pubs to become the biggest pub company in the UK operating 4,500 businesses.

Serial entrepreneur and owner of Market Taverns, Rolf Munding said, “We are absolutely delighted to have Suzanne on board.  Her career achievements speak volumes and together with her industry knowledge and strategic vision we are confident Suzanne will help put us firmly on the map as we continue to grow the business.”

Market Taverns operates 14 pubs in the heart of London including the quintessential Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury;  Chelsea’s gastro delight, Lots Road and the latest addition to the portfolio, The Spencer Arms overlooking Putney Common.

Suzanne is also Non-Executive Director of Cask Marque, the non-profit beer quality control initiative that encompasses pubs and brewers in driving excellence in beer quality.

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Suzanne Baker is a skilled business leader and award-winning Commercial Director with a successful track record in strategic business solutions and corporate governance including business strategy, budgeting, planning and negotiating. Accomplished at creating value for shareholders, both PLC and private company, through a proactive approach in achieving ambitious targets whilst developing and motivating exceptional teams.

Stonegate Group – Commercial Director 2006 to 2023 – Stonegate Group is the biggest pub company in the UK with revenues of £1.7bn, EBITDA of £375m, employing over 15,000 people Throughout tenure the company saw strategic growth from 180 pubs to 4,500 with responsibilities ranging from procurement to property investment and refurbishments

JD Wetherspoon PLC – Commercial Director 1992 to 2005

Disruptive start-up which went public in 1992 with a listing on the London Stock Exchange.  In just four years the company had nearly quadrupled the chain topping 150 pubs by the end of 1996. By 1998 it had grown to 300 and by 2005 it operated 630 pubs with turnover of £809.9M

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