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CAMRA chief executive Page exits organisation

The chief executive position at the Campaign for Real Ale will remain vacant following the departure of Tim Page while the organisation’s national executive decides on “the best route to take.”

Page left CAMRA at the end of May after three-and-a-half years at the head of Europe’s largest single-issue consumer campaign.

It followed members’ narrow decision not to fully implement leadership recommendations aimed at securing the future of the organisation and a vote that rejected an extension of its remit to all drinkers and pub-goers. Page spoke at length about his ambitions for CAMRA going forward post AGM vote in an interview with The Brewery Manual last month.

In a statement, Page said “I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of a truly remarkable organisation.

“The past 42 months have seen the campaign maintain its effectiveness in campaigning and lobbying for real ale, cider and perry to be available in every community across the UK, and for those communities to continue to be served by pubs, which provide wide range of benefits for individuals and society as a whole.

"I am grateful for the friendship and support I have enjoyed from people across the sector and look forward to keeping in touch with friends within and outside Camra”.

National chairman Jackie Parker said Page had “made a considerable impact.”

“The past three years have seen the campaign engaged in a major strategic review of its purpose and positioning within the sector, and Tim has provided advice and support to the volunteer leadership throughout that process.

“I would like to thank Tim, on behalf of the national executive, for his contribution to the campaign during his time with us and wish him well as he embarks on the next stage of his career."

Page is seeking to return to the charitable sector, where he previously worked as director of the homelessness charity Emmaus UK and as CEO of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Phil Mellows
8th June 2018

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