Hawthorn Leisure announces three internal promotions
Hawthorn Leisure is delighted to announce the promotion of three senior leaders to its Executive Committee (“EXCO”).
Ed Little, Andy Parker and Mark Brooke will all take up new positions, joining Mark Davies (CEO), Matt Ward (CFO) and Edith Monfries (COO) on the Hawthorn Leisure EXCO.
Andy Parker is promoted to Director of Leased and Tenanted Operations. Having previously held the role of Operations Director, North, Andy will now oversee Hawthorn Leisure’s entire L&T portfolio of almost 600 pubs across the UK. A key driving force behind Hawthorn’s operational excellence for more than five years, Andy has previously held senior operational roles at Ei Group, and in retail with Iceland and ASDA.
Mark Brooke, who joined Hawthorn Leisure earlier this year, becomes Director of Managed Operations. Previously working at Ei Group, where he had been Divisional Director, running the Pubco’s Beacon division, Mark’s promotion will see him continue to take responsibility for Hawthorn’s growing Operator Managed division, which now constitutes more than 100 pubs across the UK.
Property Director, Ed Little, was a founding member of the Hawthorn Leisure team, and is promoted to the EXCO having returned to the business in 2019 after a year at MOD Pizza as Head of Acquisitions. Ed has also held senior Acquisitions and Asset Management roles at Pizza Hut and Stonegate.
In addition to these internal promotions, Mark Davies, CEO of Hawthorn Leisure, has recently joined the Board of the British Beer and Pub Association, as well as taking up the role of Chairman of the BBPA Finance Committee.
Commenting on the three internal promotions, Mark Davies said: “We pride ourselves on developing great people right throughout our business, and it’s a sign of real strength and depth that we’ve been able to promote three people from within to join our Executive Committee. These are three highly-deserved promotions – Ed, Mark and Andy have shown their value on our Leadership Team, and I’m looking forward to the fresh perspectives and insight they will bring to the EXCO as we and our tenants and partners navigate a period which will present challenges and opportunities in the future.”
About Hawthorn Leisure
Hawthorn Leisure is a community pub company established in 2014, which now owns and manages more than 700 leased, tenanted and operator managed community pubs across the UK in community and neighbourhood locations, towns and city centres. Last year, Hawthorn Leisure acquired the 44-strong Bravo Inns estate and a portfolio of 30 community pubs from Marston’s plc.
Hawthorn Leisure has an energetic, people-focused culture, and its many years of pub industry knowledge and experience is used to help its pub partners and tenants run successful, sustainable businesses. Hawthorn Leisure is always seeking to add to its growing portfolio, by identifying and acquiring community pubs that deliver substantial and growing returns. For more information, please visit: www.hawthornleisure.com
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