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22nd March 2022

Scottish Beer & Pub Association announces new President


The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has today (Monday 21 March 2022) announced that Andrew Lawrence Strategy Director at Molson Coors will be its new President.

Lawrence will take over from Edith Monfries of Hawthorn, the Community Pub Company, and join Vice President Paul Wishart of Greene King and Chief Executive Emma McClarkin in overseeing the continued success and growth of the Association.

The appointment follows the release of a new report by Oxford Economics which revealed that Scotland’s beer and pub industry support almost 62,000 jobs and contributes £1.75bn to the national economy every year. The new data was released in company of MSPs at Kilderkin pub in Edinburgh.

Commenting on his appointment, new President Andrew Lawrence said:

“Having been part of the SBPA in previous roles I am pleased to now have been appointed as President and am looking forward to building on the brilliant work of previous Presidents to continue to champion the beer and pub industry and represent our members interests in Scotland.

“Working together as a group and with other trade bodies will be critical to our recovery from the pandemic, and so I am looking forward to supporting SBPA members to achieve the very best for our sector.” 

Outgoing President Edith Monfries said:

“As a relative newcomer to our industry I felt honoured to fulfil the role during a time of great challenge for our industry. . I wish Andrew every success as new President, and I am sure that he will be a fantastic figurehead for our energetic SBPA who make a real difference across the industry.”

 Emma McClarkin, SBPA Chief Executive added:

“We’re delighted to welcome Andrew as our new President and are really looking forward to working with him to continue to champion our pubs and brewers in Scotland.

“As our industry recovers from the pandemic we need industry expertise and passion for our cause more than ever and I am confident Andrew will provide just that.”


About the Scottish Beer & Pub Association

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Scotland’s brewers and pub companies. It was formed over a century ago as The Brewing Association of Scotland and today is part of the British Beer & Pub Association, originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. In Scotland, the association represents around 800 pubs and over 90% of the beer sold.

About Andrew Lawrence

Having started work in hospitality in his early teens, Andrew found a passion for the industry that has continued to grow since then. After graduating from Robert Gordon University in 2005 Andrew joined Diageo GB and worked across a number of commercial roles before joining Molson Coors Beverage Company in 2018 as Sales and Operations Director for Scotland. Andrew is now Strategy Director, focused on regulatory change, for MCBCs Western European business unit. A photograph of Andrew is attached.

The study on the impact of the beer and pub sector can be viewed here:

Press release from SBPA

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Paul Togneri / 07502 159 101