Suzanne Baker, of Stonegate Pub Company, and Paul Harbottle, the group commercial director of Ei Group, have been named as new non-executive directors of Cask Marque.

Cask MarqueSuzanne, commercial director at Stonegate, has spent her career within the licensed leisure sector, having previously held managed positions in national pub and restaurant companies including JD Wetherspoon and Laurel Pub Company.

A council member with UK Hospitality, Suzanne is responsible for the purchasing and property portfolio across some 700 Stonegate pubs.

Paul joined Ei Group in 2014, as managing director of new business to set up the Bermondsey Pub Company. He is responsible for Ei Groups’ sales, marketing, purchasing and retail development, along with supporting the successful achievements of the group’s five-year strategy, which includes ensuring key learnings from its managed operations are introduced into the leased and tenanted business.

Paul has 20 years’ experience in the sector including roles on the plc board of JD Wetherspoon and chief executive of Atmosphere Bars and Clubs.

Cask Marque director, Paul Nunny, said: “Our board will gain from the experience of these two retailers as we look to wider our accreditation to include all beer and focus on staff training.”

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