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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Finlay Morriss

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Finlay joined the BBPA in April 2021, having previously worked for Westminster based communications agency Political Lobbying Media Relations. In his previous role Finlay supported clients ranging from food retailers to higher education organisations with all round communications support, focusing mainly on public affairs, media relations and stakeholder engagement.

Finlay graduated with a 2.1 in History and Politics from Lancaster University in 2018. During his time at Lancaster he played football and rugby, as well as hosting a weekly show on the student radio. Finlay is partial to a Timothy Taylor’s Landlord and unfortunately for him is a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Political research and briefings
  • Monitoring parliamentary events and activities
  • Developing and updating BBPA guidance, position papers and publications
  • Regional liaison and coordination (meetings and committees)