Peter Furness-Smith has been appointed as a non-executive director of pub operator and brewer Brakspear, with a focus on helping to develop the expansion of the business’ managed estate.
Previously, Furness-Smith served nearly 20 years as managing director at Hertfordshire brewer and pub retailer McMullens – which has 85 managed and 35 tenanted pubs – but retired from the company this summer.
Before then, he spent 10 years as retail director of brewer and pub operator Morland, and has also worked for Whitbread.
“I’ve been impressed with what Brakspear has achieved over the last few years, particularly the clear market positioning they have developed for each of their pubs,” comments Furness-Smith.
“I like their focus on people and the culture that exists across the business of genuinely putting customers first, and helping good individuals and teams to achieve their potential.
‘The Brakspear managed estate looks set for great things and I look forward to helping the team to develop this side of the business. “
Brakspear’s managed estate currently stands at nine pubs, including four sites in the Cotswolds, as well as Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Mickleham in Surrey, Staines and Shepherd’s Bush.
“Having someone of Peter’s calibre to advise and guide us is a tremendous asset and we are delighted to have him on board,” adds Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies.
“His experience over many years in the hospitality industry, particularly at McMullens with its sizeable managed estate, will prove invaluable as we seek to build our own managed business.”
Three more managed Brakspear sites are scheduled to open later this year, and Furness-Smith joins Brakspear’s existing non-executive directors Ed Turner and Tim Davies.