Our Leadership Team

Offering support and friendship is part of our business DNA. At Admiral, every licensee can be confident that help, assistance and advice is available when and where they need it. From sales to accountancy, from stocktaking to licensing, our Head Office team have the attitude and experience to step in and provide their support and expertise. At Admiral, you won’t just find friendly faces behind the bar, you’ll find them in our offices too.

Chris Jowsey

Chief Executive Officer
Chris has 20 years of experience in the brewing and pubs industry. Chris was Heineken’s Commercial Director before leading Star Pubs & Bars for four years. 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.

Andy Clifford

Strategy & Property Director and Code Compliance Officer
Andy joined Admiral Taverns in July 2006 from Enterprise Inns, where he was Strategic Planning and Investment director for nine years. From 21st October 2019, Andy has also acted as the company's Code Compliance Officer (CCO) ensuring our adherence to the Pubs Code.

Nick Gray

Chief Financial Officer
Nick joined Admiral in March 2020 having previously held roles as CFO of Bills Restaurants and Head of Strategy & Finance for Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc where he was responsible for the sale of Fuller's brewing business to Asahi.

Ian Ronayne

Managing Director
Ian 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.

David Wigham

Commercial Director
David joined Admiral as Commercial Director in 2018 and leads the Group's commercial team. An experienced sales and operations director, David's career spans over 17 years.

Andy Parker

Central Operations Director
Andy joined the Admiral Operating Board following the Hawthorn acquisition in 2021, where he was a key member of the Operations Team since 2014. Andy is responsible for central operations from recruitment, ops admin, training, and marketing across the group.

Mark Brooke

Director of Proper Pubs
Mark joined Admiral following the acquisition of Hawthorn in 2021. Mark is an experienced operator who has held senior roles within the food, finance and retail sectors. Mark's passion is people and community, bringing this to life in the Operator Managed Proper Pubs.

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.

Kat Winnifrith

Head of HR
Kat joined Admiral at the end of 2017 and 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.

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

Simon Clish

IT Director
Simon joined Admiral Taverns in 2022. Simon is experienced in IT strategy, service and securities with a wealth of experience across the hospitality industry including Greene King and Punch.

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