Brewing company raises a glass to new non-executive chair


Brewing and pub retailing business, Marston’s PLC has announced that Kenneth (“Ken”) Lever has today been appointed as independent non-executive chair of the Company with effect from 8 July 2024. 

Ken Lever will succeed William Rucker at the Wolverhampton-based firm, who is stepping down from the Board. On the same date, Lever will also take on the role of chair of the nomination committee.

Lever brings experience as a business leader, having held senior executive and non-executive positions in various UK-listed companies across sectors like retail, manufacturing, construction, software, and business services.

Currently, he serves as the non-executive chair at Cirata PLC, senior independent director at Rockwood Strategic plc and deputy chair of Rainier Developments.

Recently retired from the board of Vertu Motors PLC, he has also been the non-executive chair of Biffa plc and RPS Group plc and a non-executive director at Blue Prism plc.

Octavia Morley, senior independent director, said: “Following a thorough independent selection process, I am pleased to announce that Ken will be joining Marston’s as non-executive chair. Ken brings a strong and valuable external perspective to the Board and his broad range of business skills and experience will support Justin and the team as the business continues the next phase of its development.”

 Lever said: “I am delighted to be joining Marston’s at this juncture and enthused by the opportunity ahead. Marston’s is a quality business with a strong market presence, and I am looking forward to working with the Board, Justin and the wider team to deliver sustainable growth that will drive value for our shareholders.”

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