The Pub Conference will return on 2 July 2019 at the HAC, London. To be the first to hear about our 2019 programme, please register your interest by emailing

2018 Agenda:

8.15am – 9.45am CEO Pub Market Summit
(invitation only – please contact
Simon Stenning, Executive Director at MCA, and Steve Gotham, Director of Insight at MCA, will provide an executive summary of MCA’s UK Pub Market Report 2018.

9.30am Registration

Mark Wingett, consulting editor, MCA 9.55am
Welcome address by Mark Wingett, consulting editor, MCA Insight
Graeme Smith, AlixPartners 10am
Graeme Smith, managing director, AlixPartners: State of the nation address on M&A activity in the pub sector
Chris Hill, New World Trading Company 10.25am
Chris Hill, CEO of New World Trading Company, will be joined on stage by HR director Natasha Waterfield and members of the company to discuss the innovations that propelled them to be the best hospitality company to work for, according to the Sunday Times annual rankings.
Brigid Simmonds, BBPA 10.50am
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association will lead a speaker panel on how pubs can appeal to new generations of consumers, without losing sight of their core customers’ needs. The panel will feature:

  • Anni Opong, managing director of Arc Inspirations, the North West-based operator of a stable of bar formats
  • Richard Holmes, co-founder of the critically acclaimed Pint Shop, which is about to launch in Birmingham and has just created a new cocktail bar concept, Under the Shop
  • Ed Turner, the former managing director of Geronimo Inns and founder of Buff & Bear Saloons. He also co‑founded Turner & Hardy, the tomato juice suppliers
  • Melissa Yorke, sales director GB on-trade, Diageo
  • Peter Rowe, sales director, UK, Asahi
Colin Sullivan, New Business Sales Director, Eagle Eye 11.20am
Colin Sullivan, new business sales director, Eagle Eye:
The Digital Pub: driving customer engagement through a digital connection

11.30pm Break

Simon Emeny, Fuller’s 11.50am
Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fuller’s, will be talking about the innovative work the group has done to support and develop its people, including pledging to pay for residency for established non-UK staff and investing in technology to keep its workforce connected.
Adam Gregory, Be At OneSteve Rockey, People Director at Lime WoodTamsyn Hawkins, St Austell BreweryGreg Mangham, founder Only A Pavement Away 12.10pm
Adam Gregory, operations director at Be At One, Steve Rockey, ex‑Byron and Big Easy, now People Director at Lime Wood, and Tamsyn Hawkins, people director, St Austell Brewery will discuss how the pub sector can work together to promote itself as an attractive long-term employer. They will be joined by Greg Mangham, founder & chief executive of the new charity Only A Pavement Away to talk about how the charity aims to help homeless and vulnerable people into careers in hospitality, and its potential to help solve recruitment issues within the pub sector.
Krister Kristiansen, Attensi 12.40pm
Krister Kristiansen, UK MD of Attensi: gamified 3D simulations that make corporate training fun

12.50pm Lunch

Justin Phillimore, Charles WellsSteve Wilkins, Little Gems1.40pm
Justin Phillimore, CEO of Charles Wells and Steve Wilkins, co‑founder of Little Gems, will review the power of joint ventures, on the back of their partnership geared at growing their joint managed estates.
Steve Richards, Casual Dining Group 2.00pm
Steve Richards, chief executive of Casual Dining Group and deputy chairman of UK Hospitality, will highlight what the pub sector can learn from casual dining – and vice versa – as well as give his views on this year’s Pub Conference headline theme of “people, products and pricing”, examining the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Richards, who previously ran Novus Leisure, was recently appointed to the board of fast-growing bar chain, Arc Inspirations, and is already a director of Beds & Bars.
MCA Pub Conference 2018MCA Pub Market Report 2018 2.20pm
MCA will present key findings from MCA’s UK Pub Market Report 2018, focusing on the trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the UK pub market for 2018 and beyond. The full report is available to order now. Reduced rate available for confirmed attendees of the MCA Pub Conference 2018. Please visit MCA’s website for more information on the UK Pub Market Report 2018.

MCA will also reveal our pricing analysis of the major chains, using MCA’s dedicated MCA’s Menu Tracker tool.

2.40pm Break

Mark Davies, NewRiver 3.00pm
Mark Davies, chief financial officer and head of the pubs division for NewRiver will talk about the game-changing acquisition of Hawthorn Leisure, which takes NewRiver into the top 10 biggest pub operators in the UK. He will also discuss how NewRiver has adapted its retail skills to the pub sector and worked in partnership with the Co-Operative to unlock value in under-utilised areas of its estate.
Ian Edward, co-founder Hippo InnsCharlie McVeigh, Draft HouseRohan Pradhan, chief operating officer, DeliverooDavid Read, chairman, Prestige Purchasing 3.20pm
Ian Edward, co-founder Hippo Inns, Charlie McVeigh, founder of Draft House, Rohan Pradhan, chief operating officer, Deliveroo and David Read, chairman, Prestige Purchasing will discuss how operators monitor price among their competitor set and how the margins involved in operating pubs evolved over time.
Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoon3.50pm
JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin will discuss the evolution of the company’s training programme, which has been responsible for producing many of the current sector leaders. He will also give his views on how the brand continues to innovate in its product offer to tap into consumer trends.

4.10pm Close
4.15pm Drinks reception


On the day, attendees will receive a complimentary report with extracts from MCA’s Pub Brand Monitor, giving you insights into pub brand awareness and ratings, average spend per head and day-part, and more…