The Campaign for Real Ale have welcomed the New Year by appointing a new Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive.

Tom Stainer, who has worked for CAMRA since 2006, has become the organisation’s Chief Executive. He will be supported by Ken Owst, who joined the Campaign as Chief Support Officer and Company Secretary in 2018 and has now become its new Deputy Chief Executive.

CAMRA National Chairman Jackie Parker said: “I am delighted that Tom and Ken will be taking up their new roles as 2019 gets underway, and am confident they’ll provide strong support for our volunteer leadership and lead our dedicated professional team at head office to build on our campaigning successes.”

CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer said: “I’ve worked for CAMRA for more than a decade so it’s an organisation I deeply understand and hold a great affection for. The Campaign is an incredible and unique organisation, entirely as a result of its dedicated and passionate volunteers.

“My job now is to help our National Executive develop the strategy to continue CAMRA’s growth, support our branches and continue to deliver effective campaigning – especially to ensure the Pubs Code is working as intended, to protect pubs from unfair business rates and to ensure tax on beer served in pubs is reduced.”

Tom Stainer is announced as the new CEO of CAMRA

Tom has worked at CAMRA since 2006. With a background in journalism, he previously worked on pub-trade publication The Morning Advertiser and was editor of Morning Advertiser Scotland, before being hired by CAMRA as editor of its membership publication What’s Brewing.

During his time at CAMRA, he was responsible for the launch of the successful and award-winning BEER magazine before becoming CAMRA’s Chief of Communications in 2014. In early 2018 he took on responsibility for the Campaigns team and became the Chief of Communications and Campaigns.

Tom will be supported by Ken Owst, who comes from a long and successful career in retail, working as Finance Director at Beales Department Stores for almost 20 years. Prior to joining CAMRA, he also served for more than three years as Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Company Secretary for a national children’s charity. He serves as a volunteer non-exec director on the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance. Ken joined CAMRA in May of 2018 as Chief Support Officer and will continue to be responsible for support operations at CAMRA’s office in St Albans and remain as Company Secretary.

Ken Owst (right) has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive

Deputy Chief Executive Ken Owst said: “Since arriving at CAMRA it has been apparent that all the CAMRA staff are committed and keen to be as effective as possible in supporting our members to organise great festivals and effective campaigns across the country. We need to make sure our systems and staff continue to develop to their full potential, so they can give the most effective help to our volunteers across the country.”

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