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Admiral Taverns
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LATEST NEWS

Red Lion in Chobham awarded TripAdvisor’s 2020 Diner’s choice award
The Red Lion, a community village pub, restaurant and garden in the heart of Chobham, has successfully reopened with fantastic support from its local community. As a result of the hard work the team has put in, the pub has been awarded the prestigious TripAdvisor’s 2020 Diner’s choice award, recognising the best places to eat around the world.
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Community pub reopens with local experienced licensees at the helm  
The Angel Inn, a traditional community pub in Swadlincote has recently reopened with the arrival of two experienced licensees, Ian and Lynsey Birley who have over 37 years’ worth of experience in the industry.   Owned by leading UK community pub group, Admiral Taverns, their dream of running the Angel became a reality in August due to a partnership […]
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OUR PEOPLE

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Chris Jowsey

Chris Jowsey

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Jowsey has worked in commercial roles across a variety of sectors and has 17 years’ experience in the brewing and pubs industry. Chris was Heineken’s Commercial Director before leading Star Pubs & Bars for 4 years from 2012.

Chris delivered a £75m investment programme to revitalise the Star Business, whilst developing a strong collaborative culture that enable licensees to realise their business ambitions. He then joined the Board of Heineken UK as their On Trade Director In January 2016.

Chris joined Admiral Taverns in July 2019 as CEO.

Nick Gray

Nick Gray

Chief Financial Officer
Nick joined Admiral in March 2020 having previously held roles as CFO of Bills Restaurants and Head of Strategy and Finance for Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc where he was responsible for the sale of Fuller’s brewing business to Asahi.  Prior to that Nick worked in the financial services industry and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1998.
Andy Clifford

Andy Clifford

Strategy & Property Director

Andy joined Admiral Taverns in July 2006 from Enterprise Inns, where he was Strategic Planning and Investment director for nine years.

Previously, he held a senior finance role at an engineering group after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1994.

From 21st October 2019, Andy has also acted as the company's Code Compliance Officer (CCO) ensuring our adherence to the Pubs Code.

Ian Ronayne

Ian Ronayne

Managing Director

Ian Ronayne joined Admiral as Managing Director in 2018. Ian brings a wealth of industry experience to the group, having held senior leadership roles at Molson Coors and Punch Taverns, prior to becoming Managing Director Operations at Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns).

Ian began his career in Financial services, with his experience including senior finance roles at both ASIMCO and GE CAPITAL.

David Wigham

David Wigham

Commercial Director

David Wigham joined Admiral as Commercial Director in 2018 and leads the Group’s commercial, sales and marketing activities. An experienced sales and operations director, David’s career spans over 17 years in the sector and includes senior roles at Punch Taverns and Molson Coors.

David began his career in banking at Barclays PLC where he was head of Small Business for the northern region.

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Group Financial Controller

Kevin joined the Admiral group in 2008 as Senior Accountant and has progressed through the business to become Group Financial Controller.  A qualified accountant, Kevin is responsible for the Group’s central finance function.

Prior to Admiral, Kevin spent 7 years at Iceland Foods where he held a number of accountancy and financial planning roles.

Kat Winnifrith

Kat Winnifrith

Head of HR

Kat joined Admiral at the end of 2017 and is the Head of HR. Kat is an accomplished HR professional with an excellent breadth of experience.

Prior to joining Admiral Kat has worked in both corporate and non-corporate environments including Computer Games Development, Insurance and most recently Investment Banking.

Andrew Hallam

Andrew Hallam

Head of Property

Andrew joined Admiral Taverns in June 2019 having spent over 30 years in the hospitality sector with Bass, Six Continental Retail, Mitchells & Butlers, Tesco and more recently as a Hospitality Property Consultant in his own business.

Andrew has held roles from Head of Policy & Standards, Head of Development to Director of Property and he is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

OUR COMMUNITIES

Community matters to us here at Admiral. As the UK’s leading community pub operator we do our best to ensure that we build supportive and long term relationships with our broader stakeholders and take a responsible, appropriate and sustainable approach to our engagement with the communities around us.

OUR CHARITY PARTNERS

Over the last five years our employees have joined together to scale the three biggest peaks in the UK. A climb has been organised every other year since 2013 with the team finally completing the highest peak, Skafell Pike in 2017. The other two peaks included Mount Snowden (climbed in 2013) and Ben Nevis (climbed in 2015). Not content with just scaling the peaks, the challenge also incorporated a cycling element, with smaller teams cycling from the head office in Chester to the foot of each mountain.The Admiral Taverns ‘Three Peak Challenge’ combined with numerous other fundraising initiatives has seen the Group raise over £70,000 for its chosen charities in the last five years. These have included The British Heart Foundation, Mind and Macmillan.

OUR TEAM

We pride ourselves on being a responsible, caring employer. We place great emphasis on the training and development we offer our team, supporting our employees to develop a fulfilling and rewarding career with a clear path for their individual personal growth and development.

OUR PUBS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES

Our licenses run pubs in all types of communities and our challenge is to find flexible ways in which to support the uniqueness of each licensee and the environment in which they operate giving each community a pub or which they can be truly proud. We encourage and support our licensees to engage with their communities in whatever ways are appropriate and we aim to do the right thing for the pub, the licensee and the community.  Across our estate you will see some great examples of entrepreneurial community pubs that provide true local hubs. Be it a simple but welcoming environment for a quiet drink, to great pub entertainment, community event weeks, beer festivals, sports nights, tournaments, charity events, award winning ‘chilli’ cook off’s and everything in-between.

DELIVERING VALUE

Champions of the tenanted business model, in recent years Admiral has developed a high-quality estate of c.800 predominantly wet-led pubs which sit at the heart of their local communities. Through its highly supportive approach and operational centric culture, the Group has worked hard to develop positive and progressive relationships with its licensees, built on mutual trust and respect.

In recent years Admiral has undergone something of a transformation. The Group has delivered a consistently strong operational performance across the estate which has been underpinned by its proactive investment programme and targeted acquisition strategy. Its progress was recognised in 2013 and again in 2016 when the business was awarded the Leased and Tenanted pub company of the year at the annual Publican Awards.

In December 2017, Admiral welcomed onboard new investors C&C Group plc and Proprium Capital in partnership with the Admiral management team, cementing a platform for the business’ continued growth and development as the UK’s leading community pub company.

ADMIRAL TAVERNS

OUR STRATEGY: TO BE THE BEST OPERATOR OF COMMUNITY PUBS

DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A HIGH-QUALITY ESTATE OF PUBS AT THE HEART OF THEIR COMMUNITY THAT ARE

Individual and authentic Well invested Sustainable Stable

FOCUS ON WET LED BUSINESSES

UTILISE THE TENANTED BUSINESS MODEL WHICH IS MOST APPROPRIATE FOR THIS STYLE OF PUB

Low cost of entry Control of property condition Non assignable Benefits form a supportive approach from Admiral

DRIVE AN OPERATIONS AND LICENSEE CENTRIC CULTURE THAT BUILDS POSITIVE AND PROGRESSIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR LICENSEES, BASED ON MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

We are incredibly proud that the success of our approach and the quality and expertise of our team has been regularly recognised by our industry. In 2013 and 2016 we were delighted to be awarded Best Leased and Tenanted Pub Company at the prestigious annual Publican Awards and to be highly commended in 2017 as Best Community Pub Operator.

Our industry leading team of Business Development Managers have also received independent recognition through the prestigious ALMR Operations Manager of The Year Award, which was awarded to one of the team in 2015, with a second colleague being shortlisted for the final in 2017.

Across our 800 strong, nationwide estate of pubs, there are also countless examples of licensees who have been publicly recognised for their hard work in their local communities, as they strive to build great pub hubs for the local area. We were particularly proud to have seen one of our pubs, The Firbank in Wythenshawe, receive the Great British Pub Award for Best Community Pub in 2016 and to be shortlisted again under the same category in 2017.