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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David Wilson

Public Affairs Director

Graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies, David joined the BBPA in May 2011 with more than twenty years’ experience of working in public affairs and communications, including as a special adviser for a Government Minister. David specialises in devising and managing campaigns to change public policy. He is a member of the Communications Advisory Team of the Brewers of Europe.

Key Responsibilities:
• Overall responsibility for public affairs, managing PA agency and representational work
• Lead on reputation management of the BBPA
• Responsible for BBPA representation on PASS Board and Best Bar None steering group
• Relationship management with political contacts
• All Party Parliamentary Beer Group