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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Erik Dronen

Policy Manager - Tax & Trade

Erik joined the BBPA as the Taxation and Trade Policy Advisor in July 2017, after nearly five years of working on trade policy at the British embassy in Washington DC. In addition to covering Market Access Barriers, Intellectual Property and Business Engagement, he also volunteered behind the embassy Bar! Erik has a MSc from LSE and an undergraduate from Furman University. In a former life he worked in higher education at a university in Madrid and speaks fluent Spanish.

Key Responsibilities:

• Beer and pub economic contribution
• Excise duty, VAT, tariffs
• Business Rates
• Exports
• Employment taxes