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From approx. 9.30am – Arrivals & registration

10.00am – Conference starts

Featuring the below speakers, with more to be confirmed shortly

Laine Pub Company

NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Wayne Shurvinton, managing director, Greene King Pub Partners

Wayne will contrast his experiences of operating in the branded franchise world with building local pub partnerships, considering whether despite the differences there are also similarities that can offer genuine growth opportunities for publicans across the country.

Laine Pub Company

NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Gavin George, CEO, Laine Pub Company

Gavin will discuss how Laine Pub Company developed its multi-faceted approach to pubs, first across Brighton before moving into London. Following the company’s recent acquisitions in Birmingham, he will talk about how it aims to keep true to its DNA whilst expanding outside its traditional heartlands.

The Inn Collection Group

NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Sean Donkin, managing, director, The Inn Collection Group

Sean will discuss the group’s award-winning approach to developing its people as well as the next stage in its growth strategy following last year’s investment by Alchemy Partners.

Arc Inspirations

Martin Wolstencroft, CEO, Arc Inspirations

Martin shares the strategy and the journey from operating in his Leeds heartland to building a national chain, through targeted hubs centred around three core brands.

Hawthorn Leisure

Gerry Carroll, CEO, Hawthorn Leisure

The combined pub portfolios of Hawthorn Leisure and NewRiver have created the UK’s 10th largest pub group. Chief executive Gerry Carroll will reflect on the lessons learnt from building a nationwide collection of community pubs and update on the strategy for the combined business as it seeks to grow to an eventual 2,000-strong estate.

JW Lees

William Lees-Jones, MD, JW Lees

William will discuss the dynamics and opportunity of being a family brewer and pub operator in 2019.

Marston's Pubs and Bars

Andrew Carlill, Director of pub operations, Marston’s Pubs & Bars

Andrew will deliver insight into the work Marston’s has done around ‘community heroes’ and fusing the best of its Destination and Taverns businesses.

Oakman Inns

Peter Borg-Neal, CEO, and Dermot King, COO, Oakman Inns

Peter and Dermot share perspectives. Peter is a lifelong pub man and founder of multi award-winning Oakman Inns. Dermot recently joined, having delivered significant growth and profitability as MD of that other Great British institution: Butlins.

City Pub Group

Clive Watson, Chairman, The City Pub Group

Clive will be joined by employee representatives to the board to discuss the company’s trailblazing decision to introduce weekly bonuses.


Gareth Nash, director of consumer insights, MCA

Gareth will share highlights from MCA’s latest, in-depth research into the £22.5bn UK pub market.


Graeme Smith, MD, AlixPartners

Graeme Smith will discuss M&A potential for the sector over the next 12 months.


Around 4.15pm – Close & networking drinks

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Pre-order your copy of the Pub Market Report 2019

The 2019 edition of the Pub Market Report from MCA will focus on the trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the UK pub market for 2019 and beyond. For pricing information or to pre-order a copy, please call 020 7611 0405 or email