Market-leading community pub operator, Hawthorn Leisure, has further strengthened its Property Team with the appointment of Ed Little as Property Director.

Ed previously spent more than four years at Hawthorn in a similar role, and returns after a year at MOD Pizza as Head of Acquisitions. He will oversee acquisitions, disposals, and Hawthorn’s development programme, and will sit alongside Property and Facilities Director, Andrew Cannons, on the Senior Leadership Team. Andrew will continue in his existing role, focussed on Property and Facilities Management.

Mark Davies, CEO, Hawthorn Leisure, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ed back to Hawthorn Leisure to head up our highly regarded Property Team. Ed joins at the perfect time as we continue to look for opportunities to grow our pub portfolio through further acquisitions and further investment in Capex to continue improving our portfolio.”

Ed is MRICS Chartered, and brings considerable experience in the leisure sector, having worked in Acquisitions and Asset Management roles at Pizza Hut and Stonegate, in addition to his historic knowledge of the business in his previous spell as Property Director at Hawthorn Leisure, and his most recent role with MOD Pizza.

Ed Little said, “It’s great to be back in the business at such an exciting time. I’m looking forward working with Mark and the Senior Leadership Team to help deliver great results for Hawthorn Leisure and our Pub Partners.”

Hawthorn Leisure recently bolstered its operator-managed estate following the acquisition by NewRiver of community pub company, Bravo Inns, which owns 44 wet-led community pubs, predominantly located in in North West England. The Bravo Inns acquisition takes Hawthorn Leisure’s estate to more than 700 pubs, of which 15% are Operator Managed. Hawthorn is the seventh-largest Tenanted Pub company in the UK and also a market leader in Operator Managed community pubs.

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