Ian McHoul (chairman)
Nick Miller (chairman)
Stephen has a 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. In 2013, he was also the Master of the Brewers’ Company. 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.
With over 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. Patrick is a council member of the British Beer and Pub Association and an executive committee member of the IFBB (see below). 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.
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, also has overall responsibility for the group’s technological needs. He has a strong passion for the industry having previously been group finance and IT director at Hall & Woodhouse Ltd (2016-2019), head of European and then Global Deployment in the Global Business Services division of SAB Miller PLC (2014-2016) and finance and IT director at Miller Brands (UK&I) Ltd (2008-2014). With an open and energetic leadership style, coupled with an engaging personality, he has made a very positive contribution to the team ethos within the finance dept. The additional full-time leadership provided by him has benefitted not just his direct reports and team but a much wider section of the company’s people due to his influence and involvement in the business. Mike is a qualified accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Simon has responsibility for the group’s managed house operations and for marketing and food. Since 1 October 2020, he also heads up the in-house corporate social responsibility team. 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 managing director of their beer company (2016-2019) – previously, he was the operations director of their premium city pubs division (2015-2016). Prior to joining Fuller’s, Simon was at the Orchid Pub Company where he was the chief operating officer (2013-2014) following his promotion from the position of commercial director (2006-2013). He is the company’s UKHospitality representative. With his experience, knowledge and retail and marketing background, Simon is making a positive contribution to the well-established Young’s business; he combines this with good analytical and people skills and a cheery manner.
Tracy has overall responsibility for people matters and for health and safety. She joined Young’s in January 2015; before that, during eight years at the Orchid pub group, she held a number of roles, most recently as Head of People, whilst also being involved with health and safety for part of her time there. As an ex-operator, Tracy is well aware of the issues faced by a pub business, and she has the skills, knowledge and expertise to help ensure that the group has the right people and culture in place and that it operates in a safe and healthy way. She 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 well-being. Tracy leads by example, is a team player, communicates well and, as one would expect of someone holding her position, is very approachable and discreet.
Non-Executive and Senior Independent
Nick has a wealth of experience in hospitality, leisure and brewing. Most recently, 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. He has brought a strong and valuable external perspective to the board. With his executive experience, strength of character and willingness and ability to engage, he is well placed to lead the remuneration committee.
Ian is a chartered accountant and an experienced non-executive director: Premier Foods plc (2004-13), Britvic Plc (2014 to date, appointed as senior independent director in 2017), John Wood Group plc (2017-18), Bellway Plc (2018 to date) and The Vitec Group plc (2019 to date, chairman designate and then chairman). Most recently, Ian was the chief financial officer of Amec Foster Wheeler plc (2008-17) (having also been the interim CEO there) and before then was involved in the brewing and licenced retail industry in a variety of positions, including at Scottish & Newcastle plc and Inntrepreneur Pub Company Ltd (1985-2008). With his considerable experience in the brewing and pub sector and in strategic and financial matters, 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 means he is able to act as a mentor to others.
Torquil joined Young’s in 1985 and became an executive director in 1997. During his time in that role he had overall responsibility for personnel matters, health and safety, and the group’s technological needs, and he also headed up the company’s in-house corporate social responsibility 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 has considerable investment banking, capital markets and financial services experience. She is currently a Director of Rothschild & Co. Capital Markets Advisory Ltd. 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.