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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS – EXECUTIVE AND NON-EXECUTIVE

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS – EXECUTIVE AND NON-EXECUTIVE

 

July 2021 – Present:

Appointed Chairman of Hawkridge Distillers Ltd (www.hawkridgedistillers.com), a fast-

growing, award-winning business founded in 2019, producing a range of speciality gins.

 

April 2019 - June 2020:

Inaugural Chairman of Newbury West Berkshire Economic Development Company (www.newburywestberks.co.uk)

A new company to help promote Newbury and West Berkshire as a place to live, work, invest and enjoy its culture.

 

January 2018 – Present:

Co-founder and Chairman – Maverick Pubs Ltd.

A joint-venture between The West Berkshire Brewery PLC and Downing LLP.  Owns the freehold in London of The Oxford Tavern  (www.oxfordtavern.co.uk) in Kentish Town, London NW5.

 

2016 – Present:

Co-Founder and Chairman – The Summit (City) Pub Co. Ltd
Co-Founder and Chairman – The Phoenix (City) Pub Co. Ltd
Co-Founder and Chairman – The Liberty (City) Pub Co. Ltd

Three new pub companies funded under the Enterprise Investment Scheme via The City Pub EIS Fund. The 10 pubs trade under the generic brand name of Mosaic Pub & Dining (
www.mosaicpubanddining.com).

 

2016 - Present:

Co-founder and Chairman – The Renegade Pub Company No. 1 Ltd

A wholly-owned subsidiary of The West Berkshire Brewery PLC which owns and operates The Depot (www.thedepotn7.co.uk), in Islington, London N7.

 

2015-Present:
Co-Founder and Chairman – The Sovereign (City) Pub Co. Ltd
Co-Founder and Chairman – The Galaxy (City) Pub Co. Ltd
Co-Founder and Chairman – The Pioneer (City) Pub Co. Ltd

Three new pub companies funded under the Enterprise Investment Scheme via The City Pub EIS Fund. The 19 pubs trade under the generic brand name of Mosaic Pub & Dining (
www.mosaicpubanddining.com).

2013-Present:
Chairman - The West Berkshire Brewery PLC (
www.wbbrew.com
)
Founded in 1995 by Dave and Helen Maggs, David was invited by them to become Chairman in March 2013 in order to further develop their initiative.  Since then, the Company has raised over c.£12m. from c.1500 shareholders under the Enterprise Investment Scheme and invested in a new, state-of-the-art, 68,000 ft2 Brewery complete with bottling, canning and kegging facilities, together with a 200-capacity visitor centre. 

2014-2018:
Co-Founder and Senior Independent Director – The City Pub Company (East) PLC and The City Pub Company (West) PLC.
 

See below:

 

2011-2014:
Co-Founder and Chairman – The City Pub Company (East) PLC and The City Pub Company (West) PLC
.

Two business start-ups which raised between them over £28m. under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.  Following their merger in October 2017, they became The City Pub Group PLC (www.citypubcompany.com) which was admitted to the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market in November 2017, owning 49 free houses from Exeter to Norwich via London and Brighton, including 6 micro-breweries.


2006 – Present:
Co-Founder and Chairman - The Country Food & Dining Co. Ltd 

now known as Cobbs Farm Co. Ltd. (www.cobbsfarmshop.co.uk), a business start-up funded under the Enterprise Investment Scheme now owns 7 farm shops and an award-winning vineyard.

 

Alder Ridge Vineyard (www.alderridge.co.uk) was started in 2011 when 4,500 Pinot Noir and 1,500 Chardonnay vines were planted at Cobbs Farm Shop near Hungerford. In 2013, 2 acres of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Précoce vines were also planted. Since then, several prestigious awards have been won:

        Alder Ridge Blanc de Noirs 2013: 
 Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2016;

        Best in Class at The Champagne & Sparkline Wine World Championships 2017   
 Gold at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017.

        Alder Ridge Classic Cuvée 2013: 
Silver at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017

 


2004-2012:
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director - Convivial London Pubs PLC

A business start-up which raised £15m. under the Enterprise Investment Scheme and sold its eight, primarily freehold, free houses in London in 2014.

2008-2011:
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director - The Capital Pub Company PLC
.

 

2000-2008: 
Co-Founder and Chief Executive - The Capital Pub Company PLC. (
www.capitalpubcompany.com
A business start-up which raised £16m. under the Enterprise Investment Scheme and joined the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in June 2007.

In September 2011, Greene King bought the Company and its 35 London pubs for an enterprise value of £93m. giving its original shareholders a threefold tax-free capital gain.

In 2010, the Company won the accolade of “Best Managed Pub Company” at The Publican Awards.

2003 – Present:

The Burlington Arms Pub Co Ltd (www.burlingtonarms.com)

Non-executive director of the Company which owns the freehold of The Burlington Arms (www.burlingtonarms.com) in Mayfair, London.


1998-2000:
Founder and Chief Executive - Honeypot Inns PLC. 
A joint venture start-up between David Bruce’s private investment company, Brew Securities Ltd., and Brakspear’s Brewery of Henley-on-Thames. Developed a new group of managed pubs before Brakspear’s purchased Brew Securities' 50% shareholding after 2 years trading.

 

1995-1998:
Non-Executive Director - The Wynkoop Brewery, Denver, Colorado, USA. (
www.wynkoop.com)

1994-2006:
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director - The Paris Real Ale Brewery S.A

(now Frogpubs Paris, www.frogpubs.com

 

1993-1997:
Marketing and Development Director - Grosvenor Inns PLC – a fully-listed company on the London Stock Exchange. Responsible for the national roll-out of The Slug & Lettuce chain of branded bars.

In 1996 Grosvenor Inns won the accolade “Best Independent Pub Operator” at The Publican Awards.

 

1990’s:

Co-founder and investor in:

 

                 The Paris Real Ale Brewery and The Frog & Rosbif pubs in France (www.frogpubs.com)

                 The Brooklyn Brewery in New York City (www.brooklynbrewery.com)

                 The Phantom Canyon Brewery in Colorado Springs (www.phantomcanyon.com)

                 Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Colorado (www.wynkoop.com)

                 Brew Moon in Boston, Mass

                 Elysian Brewery in Seattle (www.elysianbrewing.com)

 

1980:

Co-founder of the Small Independent Brewers Association (now the Society of Independent Brewers) www.siba.co.uk

 

1979 – Present:
Executive Chairman - Bruce’s Brewery PLC (now Brew Securities Ltd)

Founder of Bruce’s Brewery and the Firkin chain of pubs which were sold in 1988 for £6.6m to Allied Domecq International, subsequently becoming their largest retail brand. Provided consultancy services and invested in new business start-ups in the international brewing industry from Paris to Seattle via New York and Denver. Currently, Brew Securities Ltd. is the largest shareholder in The West Berkshire Brewery PLC.

 

1966-1978:
Early career included 6 years brewing with both Courage, Barclay & Simonds Ltd and Theakston’s Brewery followed by 6 years licensed retailing with Charram Ltd and The Star Group of Companies

 
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