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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Anna Lees-Jones

Chair - BBPA Group Pension

Anna has plural non-executive roles as a pension trustee and investment expert having had a successful career for nearly thirty years in fund management with firms such as Paternoster, Investec, M&G, Kleinwort Benson and Credit Suisse.  She is delighted to Chair the BBPA Group Pension along with her other current roles which include:

  • Chair of Trustees & Non-Executive Director, JW Lees & Co (Brewers);
  • Investment Committee Member, TPT Retirement Solutions, a leading workplace pension fund with assets of £14bn;
  • Independent Non-Executive Director, EFG Asset Management, an investment specialist with $20bn of client assets;
  • Senior Independent Director, GB Snowsport, the governing body for elite skiing and snowboarding


She also has an Engineering Degree from Pembroke College, Cambridge University, is married with 3 children and has a passion for skiing.