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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John Wilson FCCA

Finance Director

John joined the Association in 2011. Prior to joining the Association he was Finance and Operations Director at South Bank Employers Group, a membership association; before that he was Finance Director at Skillsmart, a sector skills council. John has a business degree and qualified as an accountant in 2001 – his early career having been spent in the retail industry. He comes from a line of Pub Licensees – his father and grandfather both having been landlords in Sheffield. He is married with two boys and is an ardent Sheffield United fan.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Finance management
  • Subscriptions
  • Investments
  • Premises, IT and HR