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Thetford pub celebrates arrival of new licensee with host of autumn events
Popular Thetford pub the New Inn, situated in the picturesque village of Hockwold cum Wilton is celebrating the arrival of new licensee Patricia Fry, who recently took over this historic, thatched-roof pub which originally opened in 1768. This traditional and cosy pub has benefitted from a £30,000 investment from the UK’s leading community pub operator, […]
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WHAT A BLINDER! County Durham pub reopens following large investment with Peaky Blinders themed party
Local community pub, the Huntsman, has reopened in County Durham following a significant investment of £150,000 from leading community pub company Admiral Taverns. Experienced licensee Christina Ord, who has run the pub for over five years, celebrated the long-awaited re-opening with a Peaky Blinders-themed party on Saturday, the 6th October. The Huntsman opened in 1967 […]
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OUR PEOPLE

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Kevin Georgel

Kevin Georgel

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Georgel has spent over 20 years working in the UK brewing and pub sector. Appointed CEO of Admiral Taverns in 2014, Kevin joined the business in 2010 as Managing Director with responsibility for the Operations and Commercial aspects of the business. He was previously Operations Director at Punch Taverns with responsibility for the leased and tenanted estate. Prior to this he held various senior sales and marketing positions within Molson Coors.

Kevin is also a non-executive Director of St. Austell Brewery and a Director of The British Beer and Pub Association.

Glenn Pearson

Glenn Pearson

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer of Admiral Taverns, Glenn joined the Group in July 2007, immediately following the acquisition of 869 pubs from Punch Taverns and before the Group completed its £645m debt re-financing.

Glenn previously held senior finance roles at Littlewoods Shop Direct Group and spent 11 years with Scottish & Newcastle Retail, being heavily involved in the £2bn sale of the business to Spirit Group.

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.

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.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Company solicitor

Mark joined Admiral in September 2007 having previously worked in the pub industry at Burtonwood Brewery and Marstons. He is a qualified solicitor and the Head of the Legal and Licensing departments.

Since the inception of the Pubs Code Mark has also acted as the company’s Code Compliance Officer ensuring our adherence to the Code.

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.

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

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.

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