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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Jessie Powell

Head of Communications

Jessie joined the BBPA in 2022 with over eight years experience working in public relations and communications in the private sector, local government and most recently the third sector. She holds a degree in Politics from the University of Leeds and an Advanced Certificate from the Public Relations Consultants Association.

In her spare time she enjoys watching live music at her local pub and trying out new recipes.

She is responsible for the BBPA’s communications channels and manages the organisation’s busy press office.