The official press releases announcing Tim Page’s departure as the chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) sheds no light on his reason or reasons for going.
The Daily Mail has said that it involved a row over supporting lager in order to draw more young people into the organisation. This is a more tabloid way of saying that Mr Page’s decision may well have been guided by the loss of a motion at CAMRA’s AGM where the organisation would have taken on the interests of a broader range of drinkers than just those who enjoy real ale and real ciders and perries.
In his official resignation statement, Tim Page said: “I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of CAMRA, which is a truly remarkable organisation.
“The past 42 months have seen the campaign maintain its effectiveness in campaigning and lobbying for real ale, cider and perry to be available in every community across the UK, and for those communities to continue to be served by pubs, which provide wide range of benefits for individuals and society as a whole.
Friendship and support
“I am grateful for the friendship and support that I have enjoyed from people across the sector, and look forward to keeping in touch with friends within and outside CAMRA.”
Recently-elected national chairman, Jackie Parker, said: “Tim has made a considerable impact during his time as our chief executive. The past three years have seen the campaign engaged in a major strategic review of its purpose and positioning within the sector, and Tim has provided advice and support to the volunteer leadership throughout that process.
“I would like to thank Tim, on behalf of the national executive for his contribution to the campaign during his time with us and wish him well as he embarks on the next stage of his career.”
British Beer and Pub Association chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: “I am very sorry to hear that Tim has stepped down as chief executive of CAMRA. Tim has been a strong supporter of beer and pubs, leading CAMRA through four important Budget campaigns working with the BBPA and industry to help secure one duty cut, and two duty freezes in that time.
“CAMRA’s work on community pubs has garnered substantial political support and the strength of the organisation’s reputation among MPs has continued under Tim’s leadership.
“Tim’s initiative to establish Drinker’s Voice has been well received by consumers. On a personal note, I will miss his wise counsel and balanced approach. Everyone at the BBPA will wish him well for the future and look forward to working with his successor.”