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15th June 2015

Robert Humphreys awarded MBE – All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and SIBA praise his achievements

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Robert Humphreys, formerly the Honorary Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to alcohol policy.  Robert is also Chairman of PASS, the Proof of Age Scheme, and Best Bar None.  He is also a non-executive director of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), a trustee of the National Brewing Museum in Burton and a long serving member of the Committee of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Andrew Griffiths, Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group said, “No one has done more to raise awareness of British beer and pubs in Westminster and the European Parliament.  Robert set up the Beer Group in 1993 and was its honorary secretary for an incredible 21 years. His passion for beer and pubs is only matched by his encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector, enormous charm and the sheer hard work that he has devoted to promoting our national drink. This recognition is enormously well deserved.”

Mike Benner, Managing Director of SIBA said, “’Robert has worked tirelessly for the sector for many years and continues to make an enormous contribution. His determination, knowledge and enthusiasm have been of great benefit to British beer and pubs. I am delighted to be working with him as a non-executive director of SIBA in delivering our vision for Britain’s independent brewers.”


Notes to editors

SIBA was founded in 1980 by 20 pioneering microbrewers. Today, it has more than 800 brewer members, the majority of them classed as micro or local brewers. SIBA’s growing credibility and campaigning success – particularly achieving the introduction of Small Breweries’ Relief in 2002, and its role in the scrapping of the beer duty escalator in 2013 and consecutive cuts in beer duty in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – have established it as one of the most authoritative bodies in the brewing industry.


Issued on behalf of:                Society of Independent Brewers

Further information:                Ros Shiel

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