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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Shraddha Kaul

Director of Communications & External Affairs

Shraddha joined the BBPA in December 2022 after leading the External Affairs team at the British Poultry Council where she achieved a landmark policy win from Government in the form of a new visa regime, securing much needed labour for the £5.5bn industry.

A passionate communicator, Shraddha moved to the UK from India aged 19 to study, and pursue a career in, journalism and has since gained experience leading successful external affairs campaigns across the public, private and third sectors. Shraddha is a member of the City of London’s Company of Communicators and in 2019 was recognised as the youngest Freeman of the City of London.

Shraddha lives in Hendon with her high school sweetheart husband and a one-year-old daughter – a family of pub lovers!