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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Chris Jowsey

Board Member

Chris Jowsey has worked in a commercial role across a variety of sectors and has 19 years’ experience in the brewing and pubs industry. Chris was Heineken’s Commercial Director before leading Star Pubs & Bars for 4 years from 2012.

Chris delivered a £75m investment programme to revitalise the Star Business, whilst developing a strong collaborative culture that enable licensees to realise their business ambitions. He then joined the Board of Heineken UK as their On Trade Director In January 2016.

Chris joined Admiral Taverns in July 2019 as CEO and has most recently led the Admiral team in its significant acquisition of Hawthorn, the Community Pub Company, which takes the groups portfolio to over 1,600 community pubs.