Pubco chairman swaps beer for bricks and mortar

Roger Devlin

The chairman of Wolverhampton-based pubco and brewer, Marston’s, is to step down from the business after being appointed to a similar role with housebuilder Persimmon.

Roger Devlin has informed the company’s board of his intention to leave, citing increased business commitments.

Following agreement with the board, he will leave his post on May 31, 2018 and the company said it had begun the process of finding a replacement. Mr Devlin takes up his new post with effect from June 1.

Mr Devlin said: “Marston’s is a great business which has been transformed over recent years into the high quality pub portfolio and market-leading beer business which it comprises today.

“The company benefits from a strong board, well established leadership team and a clear strategic plan for continued growth. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the business and wish Ralph and the team continued success in the future.”

Ralph Findlay, Chief Executive Officer, added: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Roger for his contribution and counsel during his chairmanship of Marston’s. He leaves with our best wishes and we wish him every success with his future endeavours and other business interests.”

The company has said it will make an announcement about Mr Devlin’s successor in due course.

Mr Devlin, who is also chairman at William Hill, was appointed the first Independent non-executive of the Football Association in 2012. He was also chairman of the Principal Hayley Group, a hotel and conference venue operator until February 2013, Porthaven Care Homes, and until 2011, served as a NED of National Express and RPS Group.