Back row, left to right: Paul Hegarty, honorary secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group; Murray Roberts, group managing director, Beds and Bars; Tom Stainer, chief executive, CAMRA; Greg Sage, communications director, Greene King; Mike Clist, chief executive, BII;  Jon Dale, director of communications, Ei Group. Front row, left to right: Paula Smith, marketing manager, Licensed Trade Charity; Des O’Flanagan, co-founder of PubAid;  Anne Toms, external and government affairs lead at Budweiser Brewing Group.

PubAid has welcomed a number of new members to its steering group, as it gears up to expand its activities over the coming months, with a new website in development and increased marketing and PR spend. 

The new members are drawn from across the pub industry, from operators to charities and suppliers. They are: Jon Dale, director of communications at Ei Group; Stuart Mills, founder of useyourlocal.com; Katy Moses, founder of KAM Media; Paula Smith, marketing manager at the Licensed Trade Charity; Anne Toms, external and government affairs lead at Budweiser Brewing Group; and Greg Sage, communications director at Greene King, which became PubAid’s first patron earlier this year.

PubAid co-founder, Des O’Flanagan, said: “PubAid entered its second decade at the start of the year with a renewed commitment to promote pubs as a force for good in their local communities and society more widely.

“The £100 million raised by pubs for charity every year, and the £40 million of support for grassroots sports, both demonstrate pubs’ ability to do good, but it goes wider than just financial support. Pubs also offer practical and emotional help to countless worthy causes and individuals in need, and provide a space where people can interact, countering social isolation.

“PubAid has an important job to do in getting these positive messages about pubs more widely recognised. Our new steering group members have the skills, contacts, and enthusiasm to help us achieve our ambitious goals for 2020 and beyond, and I’m delighted they have agreed to join us, working alongside Keith Bott, who became our president at the start of the year.”

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