Chairman and chief executive Paul Wells becomes chairman of Charles Wells Ltd, the Bedford based brewer and pub operator.

Justin Phillimore (pictured), currently the managing director of the brewing and brands division will become chief executive of Charles Wells, taking responsibility at the end of this month.  

Peter Wells, currently managing director of Charles Wells UK pubs, will become the commercial director of Charles Wells, with responsibility for all sales and marketing across brewing and retail.  

Paul Wells said: “I have had the pleasure of working with a tremendous group of people at Charles Wells and seen them work together to build the business we have today.  

“As chairman I will remain closely involved but also focus on new initiatives for our family companies.”

The changes take place from this month. Other members of the board will remain unchanged: finance director Anthony Fryer, Andrea Holton (France and HR director) and non-executive directors Tony Mair, Paul Rawlinson and Bob Ivell.

Mr Phillimore said: “I am excited about taking the chief executive role for our combined business operations and looking forward to working with the outstanding teams we have here.

“We have a well-developed strategy which includes driving our managed house operations in the UK and France, working with our partners to continue development of our excellent beer portfolio and providing a commitment to the highest quality service for our customers.”

He paid tribute to Paul Wells’ contribution over the past 17 years.  “Paul has contributed so much to our business and, indeed, the industry and I have valued his wise counsel and pragmatic approach and will continue to draw on this in his role as chairman.” 

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