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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Stephen Livens

Policy Manager - Product Assurance & Supply Chain

Stephen joined the BBPA in 2010 and is responsible for developing the scientific and technical activities and policies of the Association. His remit encompasses the many technical issues that are associated with the brewery supply chain, from grain to glass, including; brewery asset management, food safety for pubs and breweries, product quality and assurance and product labelling. Stephen is also involved in helping to drive the BBPA’s beer and wholesomeness agenda.

He is a qualified industrial microbiologist with extensive commercial and scientific experience within the brewing industry. Prior to the BBPA, Stephen has worked at Young and Co’s Brewery in London and Campden BRI, where he was involved in both academic and commercial research projects as well as undertaking consultancy and troubleshooting  issues relating to brewery production and product quality, beer dispense hygiene and new product development. Before joining the Association, Stephen held the post of Head of the Brewing Services Department of Campden BRI.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Product integrity
  • Supply chain
  • Health and Safety
  • Beer and health
  • Food in pubs policy
  • Beer quality & safety
  • Promotion of beer at external events
  • Asset management (containers, pallets, gas cylinders)
  • Beer dispense
  • Consumer information