Hawthorn has announced the appointment of Ken Buckley as a Non-Executive Director.

Ken joins the Board, alongside Mark Davies (CEO), Matt Ward (CFO), Edith Monfries (COO) and Non-Executive Chairman, David Lockhart.

Ken co-founded Bravo Inns, a community pub company with 44 pubs, in 2007. Bravo Inns joined Hawthorn’s Operator Managed estate in December 2019 when it was acquired by Hawthorn for £17.9m, and since then, Ken has been working as an advisor and supporting the integration.

Ken has more than 40 years’ experience in the UK pub sector, having also held Board and senior positions at FTSE 100 companies including Greenall’s Pubs & Restaurants, Sporting Lodge Inns, and the Bold Pub Company.

Gerry Carroll has informed the company of his decision to step down from the Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.

Mark Davies, CEO of Hawthorn said: “Ken has made a significant and positive impact on our community pub business since the acquisition of Bravo Inns in 2019, so I was delighted when he accepted our offer to join the Board and become a Non-Executive Director. Ken has always been a champion of wet-led community pubs, and his expertise will be a great help to myself and the board as we move forward.”

Ken Buckley said: “Throughout the sale process and over the last few months I’ve got to know Mark and the senior team at Hawthorn very well, and it’s clear that we share the same commitment to community pubs. I’m looking forward to taking on this new role and supporting the company through what will undoubtedly be a period that presents not just challenges, but also opportunities, for the sector.”

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