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2nd August 2022

Stonegate Group People Promotions and Business Realignment

Stonegate Group have announced a number of new senior operational roles as the business structure is aligned to support the company’s formats and future growth strategy.

Nick Andrews is appointed Managing Director for Stonegate Pub Partners, Craft Union and Vixen.  Nick Light who was Previously MD for Publican Partners will move into the new role of Director of Business Transformation (Publican Partners).  Both roles will report into Simon Longbottom, CEO.

A number of new positions have also been created including the senior role of Business Unit Director (BUD) across Managed Pubs, Publican Partners and Craft Union, creating a further development step in the company “bar to boardroom” philosophy.

Promoted into this role within the Managed Division are former Operations Directors Julie Lodge, responsible for Proper Pubs and Classics,  and Sarah Miller, responsible for Be At One, Slug & Lettuce and Venues,  who will both report into Managing Director Helen Charlesworth.  They will be supported by a number of newly appointed Operations Directors including Matt Nowell, JP McKeown and James Beaumont.  In addition to this, Neil McKie takes on the role of Operations Director for the newly integrated Social Pub and Kitchen format and Andrew Younger moves from Publican Partners to the position of Operations Director, Chapter Collection.

Within the Publican Partners division, Mike Mannion and Darren King are promoted into the Business Unit Director role, as is Frazer Grimbleby for Craft Union.  All three will report into Nick Andrews.  To support the Publican Partners structure there are a number of internally promoted Operational Directors including Martin McTigue and Salle Wroblewski-Brazel, as well as Yvonne Fraser who joins as Operations Director from Greene King.

CEO Simon Longbottom said, “This realignment ensures the programme of investing in our people and pubs remains at the forefront of the business strategy and highlights the success of the Stonegate bar to boardroom training platform. These are significant career steps for all those that have been promoted.

“Each of our operating businesses now have the structure and leadership required to accelerate our performance as we continue to raise the bar on the great British pub.”



About Stonegate Group

Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of over 4,500 sites, split across the managed division and leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs over 16,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Popworld, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Classic Pub & Dining, Social Pub & Kitchen and Craft Union.


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year (Jemelle Bish), Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards – The Hero Award (Suzanne Baker)


  • Great British Pub Awards – Feeding the Community, Community Mindfulness & Ei Publican Partnerships Pub of the Year
  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, Lee Woolley (2019); Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne (2016)
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award   Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom (2019)
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award (2019);  Best Service & Team (2018)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub (2019); Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub (2018); Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub (2017); Best Sports Pub (2016);
  • BII Scotland Awards   Best Operator for Training (2019)
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Payne MBE;  Investor of the Year   TDR Capital (2019); Investor of the Year: TDR Capital (2017)
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu, Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu, Town & City Pub: Walkabout (2019);  Premium High Street Pub: Town Pub & Kitchen (2017); Best New Concept:  Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill (2014); City and Bar Dining: Slug and Lettuce (2013)
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year   Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom (2019); Best Late Night Operator (2018); Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended   Best Employer 501+ employees (2017);  Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne (2014); Best Pub Employer 51+ sites (2013)
  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)   Chairman’s Award (2018)
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award (2018)
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award (2018)
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer  (2016)
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy (2016)
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media (2016); People Development (2015); Innovative Use of Technology (2014)

Press release from Stonegate Pub Company.

For Enquiries, please contact Maureen Heffernan via 07860 629242