BBPA's McClarkin awarded OBE

Emma McClarkin, CEO of the BBPA has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The award recognises McClarkin's service to the beer and pub industry since joining the BBPA in 2019, in particular her support and championing of the industry throughout the pandemic.

“I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour," she says. "It is truly wonderful to receive this recognition on behalf of the beer and pub sector and for the incredible work the British Beer and Pub Association have done throughout the pandemic and continue to do to support the sector I am so passionate about.

“When I entered the industry in 2019, I had no idea what lay ahead of us, but I have been truly amazed at the resilience, warmth and ingenuity of the people and businesses in our sector to come together and pull through a once in a lifetime challenge."

Kevin Georgel, chairman of the BBPA and chief executive of St Austell Brewery, praised McClarkin following the news. 

“Emma has shown dedication and a tireless commitment to getting real results for our industry in the most challenging of times. As a leader she has helped ensure that our sector has a unified voice when we need it more than ever. 

“This award is testament not only to her passion and support for pubs and breweries in difficult times, but her desire to help our industry, innovate, look forward and be stronger than ever. On behalf of our membership and the wider sector I would like to congratulate Emma on this worthy recognition and thank her for her enormous contribution.” 

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