Board, Company Secretary and Committees



Ian McHoul (chairman)
Nick Miller
Aisling Meany


Nick Miller (chairman)
Ian McHoul
Aisling Meany

Stephen Goodyear
Non-Executive Chairman

Stephen has considerable knowledge of, and passion for, Young’s and the industry. He began his career with Courage Ltd in 1974 and joined Young’s in 1995. In 2003, he became chief executive and oversaw the sale of the Ram Brewery, the creation of the tenanted Ram Pub Company and the transformation of Young’s into a premium managed house business. The latter involved the acquisition of Geronimo Inns at the end of 2010 and the creation of a growing hotels operation. In 2016, Stephen stepped down as chief executive and became a non-executive director. Stephen is approachable, measured, calm and influential, and provides invaluable support to the chief executive. As chairman, he is impartial and objective and encourages open and constructive debate.

Patrick Dardis
Chief Executive

With more than 35 years’ experience working in the pub and brewing industry, Patrick has extensive knowledge and experience of the sector. Before joining Young’s in 2002, he held various roles at Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries PLC (now Marston’s PLC), Guinness Brewing, Whitbread PLC and Courage Ltd. Over his time as retail director at Young’s (2003-16), he developed his leadership skills further and was instrumental in making Young’s the premium managed house operation it is today. He understands the Young’s business inside out, is well known and very well respected both within Young’s and the industry. Patrick brings unrivalled passion, drive and commitment to the role.

Mike Owen
Chief Financial Officer

Mike has overall stewardship of the group’s finance functions (including strategy, forecasting, reporting, tax, treasury, and risk management) and, since 1 October 2020, is responsible for the group’s technological needs. He has a strong passion for the industry having been group finance and IT director at Hall & Woodhouse Ltd (2016-19), head of European and then Global Deployment in the Global Business Services division of SAB Miller PLC (2014-16) and finance and IT director at Miller Brands (UK&I) Ltd (2008-14). Due to his influence and involvement in the business, and his open and engaging personality and management style, the leadership he provides benefits not just his direct reports and team but a much wider section of the company’s people. Mike is a qualified accountant.

Simon Dodd
Chief Operating Officer

Simon is responsible for the group’s managed house operations, including food development and marketing. Having spent more than a decade working in the pub and brewing sector, he has a wealth of experience. Before starting at Young’s, Simon was a director at Fuller’s and MD of their beer company (2016-19) – previously, he was the operations director of their premium city pubs division (2015-16). Prior to joining Fuller’s, Simon was at the Orchid Pub Company: COO (2013-14) and commercial director (2006-13). With his experience, knowledge and retail and marketing background, Simon makes a positive contribution to the well-established Young’s business; he combines this with good analytical and people skills and a cheery manner. Simon will take up the position of Chief Executive at the AGM in July 2022.

Tracy Dodd
People Director

Tracy is responsible for people, and health and safety matters. She joined Young’s in 2015; before that, she was at the Orchid Pub Company (2006-14). Tracy has a clear understanding of the group’s premium-led strategy and her focus is on what is required to deliver that, remaining ever mindful of the regulatory backdrop to people and health and safety matters, including equality, gender diversity and employee wellbeing. As an ex-operator, she has the skills, knowledge and expertise to help ensure the group has the right people and culture in place and that it operates in a safe and responsible way. Tracy leads by example, is a team player, communicates well and is very approachable and discreet.

Nick Miller
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Nick has a wealth of experience in hospitality, leisure and brewing. He was the CEO of Meantime Brewing Company (2011-16) and before that he was the MD of Miller Brands, the UK arm of SAB Miller, the multinational brewing and beverage company. Nick has an excellent reputation in the industry. He is a particularly perceptive businessman, with significant experience and demonstrable career success at both Meantime and SAB Miller. With this background, he is able and prepared to challenge the executive directors, and he provides a strong and valuable external perspective to the board. Through a combination of his executive experience, strength of character and willingness and ability to engage, he is well placed to lead the remuneration committee.

Ian McHoul
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ian is a chartered accountant and an experienced non-executive director. Aside from the current appointments listed below, he has recently been a senior independent director at Britvic Plc (2014-22) and has been a non-executive director at Premier Foods plc (2004-13) and John Wood Group plc (2017-18). Ian was the CFO at Amec Foster Wheeler plc (2008-17); before that, he had a variety of positions in the brewing and licenced retail industry, including at Scottish & Newcastle plc and Inntrepreneur Pub Company Ltd (1985-2008). With his considerable sector experience and strategic and financial acumen, his contributions both in and outside of board meetings are insightful. He also brings financial astuteness to his chairmanship of the audit committee. At a personal level, his ability to listen, build trust and encourage allows him to mentor others.

Torquil Sligo-Young
Non-Executive Director

Torquil joined Young’s in 1985, becoming an executive director in 1997. During his time as a director, he was responsible for personnel, health and safety, and the group’s technological needs, and he also headed up the company’s in-house CSR team. In 2020, Torquil stepped down as an executive director and became a non-executive director. He is chairman of a charitable trust set up by William Allen Young, a founder of the business, and, due to his length of service and knowledge of Young’s, is chairman of Young’s Pension Trustees Limited, the trustee company that manages the Young & Co.’s Brewery, P.L.C. Pension Scheme. Torquil brings a calmness to his position and, being a member of the founding family, he helps the company keep in touch with family shareholders.

Aisling Meany
Independent Non-Executive Director

Aisling has considerable investment banking, capital markets and financial services experience. She is currently a Director of Rothschild & Co. Equity Markets Services Ltd., COO of the Equity Advisory business and a Director in the Investor Advisory team. During her 11 years at Rothschild & Co. she has also held the positions of Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy and Vice President in the Financial Institutions M&A team. Aisling is a trustee of Kiftsgate Court Gardens and Estate, holds a Master’s in Finance from the London Business School and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Chris Taylor
Company Secretary

Chris provides counsel to the board on various governance, legal and regulatory issues affecting the group. He also provides leadership and advice on sustainability. Chris is an experienced chartered secretary having held positions at a number of listed companies including Guinness, Diageo and Orange, and was most recently company secretary of Sky plc. He was also part of the Young’s company secretarial team earlier in his career. Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute. He has an authentic and approachable style and provides valuable advice and support to the board, executive and wider business.


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