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BBPA Annual General Meeting - David Forde becomes BBPA Chairman


David Forde, Managing Director of HEINEKEN UK, has become BBPA Chairman today, at the Association’s annual general meeting. He succeeds Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, who completes three and a half a successful years.

David has been with HEINEKEN for 27 years and took up his current role as Managing Director of HEINEKEN UK in 2013. He was previously Managing Director of HEINEKEN Ireland following a number of senior commercial roles across the global business. He already plays an active role in the work of the BBPA, serving on the BBPA Board since January 2015.

In a further new appointment, Simon Emeny, Chief Executive of Fuller's who is already a BBPA Board member, becomes a BBPA Vice Chairman, jointly with Simon Townsend of Enterprise Inns.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“I congratulate David, who brings huge strengths and experience to this leading industry role, and we all look forward to working with him in the year ahead.

“I would also like to thank Jonathan Neame, who has been a hugely successful Chairman these past three years, and we are so grateful to him for his service to the industry. I would like to highlight his work helping the industry achieve a hat-trick of beer duty cuts. I know he will continue to play an active and influential role in our work.”

David Forde comments:

“I am delighted to be taking over this role today. Jonathan has done a superb job representing our industry, and I look forward to working closely with the BBPA team and its member companies over the next year.

BBPA Chairman Jonathan Neame comments:

“I want to thank Brigid and the BBPA team for all their support and hard work over the past three and a half years. David brings huge experience to the role, and is already an active voice within the BBPA, He will provide a great lead on strategic direction and moving the BBPA forward.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.


May 2013 – Date HEINEKEN UK Limited, Managing Director
2009 –April 2013 HEINEKEN Ireland, Managing Director
2007 – 2009 HEINEKEN UK Limited, Managing Director (pre Scottish & Newcastle takeover)
2003 – 2007 HEINEKEN N.V., Global Portfolio Development Director
2000 – 2003 HEINEKEN Poland, Marketing Director
1997 – 2000 HEINEKEN N.V., International Marketing Manager
1988 – 1997 HEINEKEN Ireland, Sales and Marketing Manager

Education & Qualifications

1985 - 1988 National University of Ireland, BSC in Physics

Interests & Activities
Running and golf.


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Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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