Meet The Committee

None of the Committee receives any remuneration of any kind from their services as committee members.

It goes without saying that the first love of all committee members is the love of a good real ale!

John Hattersley

John Hattersley

Chairman

Formerly the CEO of a major UK pension fund John has been a member of ( and Chair of ) various national CAMRA committees and has enjoyed stints at being a brewery liaison officer and every post at branch level.

Colin Bodimeade

Colin Bodimeade

Colin has his own business providing business advice to owners of small and medium size businesses. He has also been a member of CAMRA for over 20 years and is actively engaged with Macclesfield and East Cheshire branch.

Ian Brindley

Ian Brindley

Ian was elected at the 2017 AGM. He has been a member of CAMRA for over 30 years, taking the opportunity to support beer festivals and other activities where possible. Prior to his retirement, Ian spent seven years as a trustee of a £3bn occupational pension fund, which regularly won awards for its effective stewardship of scheme members’ investments.

Bob Crumpton

Bob Crumpton

Bob is a CAMRA Life member and is manager of the Bulls Head, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, the Titanic Brewery tap since August 2004 and lives on site. He previously worked at ten different Wetherspoons in Dorset/South Wales and the Cheshire/Manchester areas between 1994 and 2004 both part time and as a deputy manager.

Chris Excell

Chris Excell

Chris has been a member of CAMRA for over forty five years, during that time he has held a number of posts within his branch including treasurer and pubs officer, he has also been BLO for the Amazing Brewery of Sandgate and Abigale Brewery of Ashford. He is retired having spent most of his working career with Royal Mail and Network Rail in clerical and management duties. Chris is a keen personal investor in breweries since making his first investment with Young & Co in 1974.

Dave Goodwin

Dave Goodwin

Dave has been a member of CAMRA since 1974. He has undertaken many roles within CAMRA since then including Campaign Strategy Director, Finance Director and Chairman. Dave was a Senior Tax Inspector with the Inland Revenue until 2009, he then worked as the brewery manager at Brimsgate Brewery followed by 3 years at Wapping Brewery.

Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes

Chris was CAMRA’s chairman from 1975 to 1976 and is an authority on the free trade side of the licensed house industry. He is currently chairman of Tynemill Limited which operates some 20 free houses in the East Midlands which dispense millions of pints of real ale annually.

Neil Kellett

Neil Kellett

Neil was a member of CAMRA’s Finance Committee for many years and has been campaigning since 1973. The CAMRA Investment Club was set up in 1989 based on a real ale investment club which had been running in his home town of Cheadle for 7 years.

Iain Lowe

Iain Loe

Iain was formerly Research and Information Manager for CAMRA for 23 years before retiring in 2012. He is currently a member of CAMRA’s Brewery liaison Advisory Group and a co-founder of the European Beer Consumers Union. He thus has extensive knowledge of both the UK and European brewery industries.

Ann Mace

Ann Mace

Having come to CAMRA relatively late, Ann has been involved in organising the GBBF as a member of the Working Party for over 20 years and sits on Camra national committees for Events and Champion Beer of Britain. She works as a business consultant for small businesses and is currently working in the NHS as a Non-Clinical Auditor. Ann is also involved in music and event production.

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

Sean was the first chairman of the club when it was formed in 1989. He was a member of CAMRA’s National Executive from 1984 to 1990. After 26 years with the tax department of a leading investment manager, he is currently working as a tax and management consultant in the financial services industry.

John Westlake

John Westlake

John was a founding member of the Nottingham Branch of CAMRA and also served as Branch chairman for several years in the late 1970s. He has been a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers for many years and has penned articles for What’s Brewing?, Beer magazine and the SIBA Journal amongst others. In more recent times, John has now qualified through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling as a fully accredited beer sommelier. In the meantime, John has also spent over 30 years running his own investment advisory company.

Nick Metcalfe

Company Secretary

Mike Sangster

Club Administrator

Janet Wright

Club Administrator

Duties & Responsibilities of Committee Members

As a quick guide to what a Committee member lets himself or herself in for here is a schedule of duties and responsibilities duly prepared by Dave Goodwin.:-

The Committee is responsible for decisions on the purchase and occasional sale of investments, preparation and distribution of newsletters to members and organising members meetings at CAMRA’s AGM and the AGM and the Annual Lunch of the Club and brewery visits. The Committee may also be asked to advise CAMRA on any investment decisions for its surplus funds, if any.

The Committee meets at least 6 times per year, usually on a Saturday, in locations convenient for most to travel to on the day. No expenses are paid. Between meetings, when parcels of specific shares become available, investment decisions are made by e-mail to which all Committee members should have a link.

A Committee member would be expected to have many of the following skills, experiences or knowledge:– Understanding of and serious interest in company accounts and finances, the stock market and wider investment and financial matters.
– Wide knowledge of the brewing industry and the licensed trade
– Commitment to CAMRA’s ideals and campaigns and an understanding of how CAMRA is organised.
– Should be able to respond to e-mails quickly.
– Common Sense
– Must be a Club member and, like all Club members, must be a fully paid up member of CAMRA.