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18th July 2022

Master and Wardens of the Brewers’ Company 2022-23

At a meeting of the Court on 14 July 2022, Mr Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive at Shepherd Neame, was elected as Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, replacing Richard Fuller.

The following elections were also made:

Upper Warden

Mr James Staughton OBE DL

President, St Austell Brewery Co Ltd

Middle Warden

Professor Katherine Smart

Technical Director, Diageo PLC

Renter Warden

Mr Fergus McMullen DL

Production & Sales Director, McMullen & Sons Ltd

More information about the Company and its Master and Wardens can be found on our website.



Master Brewer 2022-23

Jonathan Neame graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1985 where he read Classics. He qualified as a Barrister-at-Law in 1987. He then worked as a strategy consultant with The COBA Group before joining his family business Shepherd Neame Ltd in 1991. He is fifth generation of the family to join the business. He has held a variety of roles in that time, before becoming Managing Director in 1999, then Chief Executive in 2003.

He is a Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation and a Director of the Brewers of Europe. Previously he has been Chairman of Visit Kent, Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association and a Non-Executive director of St Austell Brewery. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, a Kent Ambassador and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent.

Outside work, his interests include cricket, skiing, country pursuits and hiking.

He is married to Lucie and they have one daughter Lettie, who is at Edinburgh University studying Fine Art and History of Art.


Press release from the Brewers’ Company