Meet the Team

Emma McClarkin OBE

Chief Executive

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

A passionate beer and pub lover, Emma is the voice for the beer and pub sector leading them through the pandemic, interfacing with Government and stakeholders to secure vital grant support and economic stimulus to aid the recovery of the Sector. Protecting the future of the Great British Pub and our world-renowned brewers.

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

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.