Simon Townsend

chief executive officer, Ei Group

Simon will discuss the continued importance of the group’s core tenanted and leased estate amid the growth of its managed and commercial property arms, and how the relationship with publicans has evolved.


Simon joined the Company in February 1999, was appointed to the Board in October 2000 and appointed as CEO on 6 February 2014.
Simon, has worked in the pub and leisure industry for 30 years in various sales, marketing, commercial and operational roles, previously with Whitbread plc, Allied Domecq plc, Rank Group plc and Marston, Thompson & Evershed plc. He is currently Vice Chairman of the BBPA.