Simon Townsend joins JW Lees board

JW Lees has announced that Simon Townsend will join its board as a non-executive director.

Manchester-based brewer and pub operator JW Lees has announced that Simon Townsend will join its board as a non-executive director in April. 

Townsend, who was formerly CEO of EI Group plc, joins chairman Jim Tully and finance director Simon Cross as non-family directors of the JW Lees board which also comprises all seven family members of the fifth and sixth generations of the company’s founder John Lees.

"We are delighted that Simon has accepted our invitation to join the board of JW Lees and we look forward to working together as we continue to build the JW Lees family brewery business, which is approaching its 200th anniversary in five years’ time in 2028," says Tully.

Townsend is currently a senior adviser to Teneo, as well as a non-executive director of Adnams plc and Cote Restaurant Group Limited.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining the board of JW Lees and look forward to working with the Lees-Jones family, JW Lees board and management team to grow the JW Lees business," he says.

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