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SIBA chief executive Benner: leaving the industry to head up an organisation that campaigns for the legal rights of injured people


SIBA chief executive Benner to depart organisation

Mike Benner, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers, is leaving the organisation at the end of June. 

SIBA has begun the process the process of finding a replacement.

Benner, who has spent five years in the role after joining from a similar job at the Campaign for Real Ale, departs the industry after accepting the post of chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which campaigns for the rights of injured people.

He has presided over a challenging period in the history of SIBA which, after growing sharply as a result of the microbrewery boom, reported at its conference earlier this month that membership is now in decline.

Some brewers have been unhappy both with the body’s stance on the government review of small brewers’ duty relief and alleged failures to adequately consult with the membership.

It also faces a continuing challenge to help small brewers secure market share amid reports of squeezed profitability and rising numbers of closures. 

Benner commented: “I am sad to be leaving a great organisation and an industry I have worked in for many years, but equally I am excited about the opportunity to step into a new role in a different sector making a difference to the lives of injured people. 

“SIBA continues to be an essential voice for independent craft brewers facing regulatory and market access challenges and I’m sure it will continue to go from strength to strength. We have a highly committed and capable team of people and it has been a real pleasure to work with them’.

Ian Fozard, chairman of SIBA, added: “Mike has led SIBA through unprecedented challenges over the last few years and I thank him for his vision, leadership and determination. I wish him all the best in his future role.”

Phil Mellows
29th March 2019

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