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29th July 2021

New Members Joining the Guild

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the Guild in the last few months. We now number nearly 270 writers, bloggers, broadcasters, photographers, publishers, PRs, marketeers, trainers, tour guides and others in the world of beer and pubs.  If you know anyone who you think would be interested in joining the Guild, please direct them to Membership Secretary Matthew Curtis ( or to our online application form.

Joining as Full Members:

Nicola Bates – Nicola manages communications for the Portman Group, the alcohol marketing regulator and responsibility body. It recently shone a spotlight on all of the work by those in alcohol during the pandemic in the Supporting Communities report . She is also an Advisor for Only a Pavement Away, the charity connecting the homeless, former service personnel and offenders with the hospitality sector to transform lives through work.

Dan Malleck – Dan Malleck is an historian specializing in drug and alcohol policy. His books include Try to Control Yourself: The regulation of public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario (UBC Press 2012) and the forthcoming Liquor in the Liberal State: Drink and order before prohibition. He is also the editor of a four-volume primary source collection Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction in the Long Nineteenth Century published by Routledge right before the pandemic began. He doesn’t think there is a causative connection.

Tracy McIntosh – Putting over 20 years’ experience in Carlsberg’s global beer, wine and hospitality business to good use as a freelance marketer and editor. Helping individuals and businesses in the drinks, food, hospitality and travel industries get their message across.

Joining as Associate Members:

Dave Hayward – Co-Owner of A Hoppy Place (, Windsor based beer shop and tap tasting room: SIBA’s 2021 UK Craft Beer Retailer Of The Year. Beer sommelier and qualified brewer. Regularly hosts online and in-person beer school style events when not selling beer to people on forums, or blogging about the industry. Strongly believes and regularly writes that beer is first and foremost about experiences, not brands.

Matt Simons – Matt is an historian and writer based in Grantham, south Lincolnshire. As Social Media and Publicity Officer for the National Brewery Heritage Trust, he works to raise awareness of the Trust’s activities, especially in relation to the National Brewery Centre Archives website. Alongside his work for the NBHT, Matt is also Associate Lecturer in Modern British History at De Montfort University, Leicester, and is writing a monograph on the morris dance revival of the early twentieth century.