Jonathan Neame joined the Company in 1991. He was company secretary until July 1994 and tied trade director until 1999, when he was appointed MD. He was appointed CEO in 2003.
He is a Barrister-at-law and was a management consultant with the COBA Group from 1987 to 1991. He was chairman of the BBPA from 2012 to 2015 and a non-executive director of the St Austell Brewery Company Ltd from 2002 until May 2018. Jonathan has been chairman of Visit Kent since 2015 and a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation since 2011. He is a warden of the Brewers Company and a deputy lieutenant of Kent. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent in 2016.
Jonathan will discuss the importance of evolving and adapting the offer to the local demographic to appeal to the local community, and how Shepherd Neame has identified ways of doing it differently.