Camerons Mick Hill

Property manager Mick Hill


Camerons has restructured its operations team, recruiting Jim Bentley as retail managed house director and Mick Hill as a property manager, as the company looks to expand its pub estate across the UK.

Since 2013, Camerons has expanded its managed pub operation from four venues to 23, with the acquisition of the Head of Steam and Leeds Brewery pub groups. The brewer is looking to add a further six pubs each year to its retail estate.

Jim, who joined Camerons in March, is an experienced operations professional with more than 20 years’ experience developing successful sales and commercial strategies for the leisure sector, with a proven track record of combining retail brand development expertise with innovative customer focus strategies.

Most recently, he has worked within the Brewers Fayre division of Whitbread, having previously held positions with Laurel Pub Company, SFI group and Scottish and Newcastle.

Throughout his career he has focused on coaching, engaging and developing teams, to move from delivering a culture of service to one of delivering great hospitality to guests, ensuring all brand metrics are supported, including marketing, food development, HR and customer insight.

Mick joined Camerons in May from Mitchells & Butlers where he worked as a building development manager with the Ember Inns, O’Neill’s and Sizzling Pubs brands. Mick is an experienced property manager with extensive experience in both the pub / bar / restaurant and retail betting sectors.

Matthew Stancliffe, who was previously employed as a tenanted estates manager at Camerons, now heads up the leased and tenanted operation. Grant Dexter and David Scott will continue their roles as operations managers for the managed group.

Ambitious strategy

Chris Soley, director and general manager of Camerons, said: “We are delighted to welcome both Jim and Mick to the team at Camerons. As a board we have set out an ambitious strategy to grow both our retail estate and own brand sales. As part of this, it is crucial we have an experienced team in place to achieve this, and in Jim and Mick we have brought in two people who can deliver our vision to grow a successful pub estate across the UK.

“Jim will head up the managed division of pubs for Camerons and will work closely with Mick and the marketing team to continue to develop the pub brands in our group. Jim has worked at various SME and large organisations and really understood what we were looking to achieve as a company, so we are delighted he has taken up the position at Camerons.”

Chris added: “In his property manager role at Camerons, Mick will take the property lead in relation to acquisition, disposal, investment, estates management and repairs and maintenance activity across the retail estate. There will be a key focus on identifying sites across the whole of the UK for our Head of Steam and Country Urban pub brands.

“These appointments clearly indicate our intention to grow our retail estate and develop our business even further. We are now currently in the process of developing our own brand sales strategy and are actively recruiting for this side of our business.”

Jim Bentley Camerons

Retail managed house director Jim Bentley