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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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.