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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Finlay Morriss

Policy Manager - Sustainability

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.