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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Paul Togneri

Senior Policy Manager – Scotland

Paul Togneri is the point of contact for enquiries relating to Scottish beer and pubs. Paul joined after several years with the SNP based in Edinburgh and London. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University with a degree in Politics.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertaking day-to-day responsibilities of the SBPA
  • Policy relating to beer and pubs in Scotland
  • Public affairs
  • Relationship management with Scottish political contacts