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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Josh Green

Head of Public Affairs

Josh joined the BBPA in 2014, having previously worked as a Campaigns Officer at Which?, where he was responsible for running national consumer-facing campaigns on energy prices, mobile phones and broadband providers. In his current role at the BBPA, Josh is responsible for undertaking political research and briefings, operational management for parliamentary activities and initiatives, and regional liaison and coordination.

Former roles include working as a Public Affairs Adviser for the Society of British Aerospace Companies, lobbying Government on funding for science and technology investment, and as a Parliamentary Researcher for three Liberal Democrat MPs in Westminster.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Political research and briefings
  • Operational management for parliamentary activities/initiatives
  • Regional liaison and coordination (meetings and committees)