Meet the Team

Emma McClarkin

Chief Executive

Emma McClarkin was appointed Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association in 2019.

In her role she leads the organisation as it champions the issues that matter to the beer and pub industry. These are causes members of the BBPA are passionate about; ranging from promoting beer as the nation’s drink of choice, to campaigning against increases to beer duty and business rates that are so damaging to community pubs.

Prior to joining the BBPA, Emma served as a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands for 10 years. A true beer lover, during this time she also served as Vice President of the European Parliament Beer Club as well. In addition to this, she has also held posts including Chairman of the Commonwealth Forum and Director of Global Policy for the Sports Integrity Global Alliance. She is currently a Special Advisory Board Member at the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and a Director of the Ivors Academy.

A political communications expert, Emma has a wealth of experience influencing regulatory frameworks, setting strategy and communicating messages on a UK, EU and International level. In addition, she is a known Trade specialist and negotiator.

Outside of work, Emma is a big fan of music and sport, closely following the rugby, football and cricket – as well as watching them in her local pub!

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Abby O'Connor

Assistant to Chief Executive

A political science major at American University in Washington D.C., Abby brings nearly twenty years of dynamic office administration to the BBPA team. She has been fortunate to work in several international environments throughout her career – having lived in Dublin, Philadelphia, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, and now London. Professionally, she is driven to promote effective engagement to meet the unique needs of the organisation and the team. Personally, she loves nothing more than a pint in her local pub and supporting the live music scene.


Key Responsibilities:

  • CEO Support
  • Office Management
  • Membership Services and Liaison
  • BBPA Board and Council Meetings