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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Jillian MacLean MBE

Board Member

Jillian MacLean MBE is CEO and Founder of the award-winning bar and restaurant group, Drake & Morgan.

Established in February 2008, Drake & Morgan consists of 18 large-scale bars and restaurants across London and Manchester.

Jillian was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry and sits on the Board of Trustees for The Drinks Trust – a charity and community organisation that provides support care and assistance to those working in the drinks industry.

In addition, Jillian has an impressive collection of accolades and awards under her belt having been named one of ‘The Most Powerful People in Hospitality’ by industry magazine, The Caterer, and ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ at the Women 1st Shine Awards.  She was previously shortlisted for a Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award.