Brakspear recruits former McMullens MD

Peter Furness-Smith (right) with Brakspear CEO Tom Davies
08/09/2017 - 10:45
Former McMullens managing director Peter Furness-Smith has joined pub operator and brewer Brakspear as non-executive director.

Furness-Smith, who left Hertfordshire pub company McMullens this summer after 20 years as a director, will be charged with expanding Brakspear’s managed pub estate.

Furness-Smith said: “I’ve been impressed with what Brakspear has achieved over the last few years, particularly the clear market positioning they have developed for each of their pubs.

“I like their focus on people and the culture that exists across the business of genuinely putting customers first, and helping good individuals and teams to achieve their potential. 

"The Brakspear managed estate looks set for great things and I look forward to helping the team to develop this side of the business."

Furness-Smith’s other experience includes ten years as retail director of pub operator and brewer, Morland, and with Whitbread, where his roles included a stint as a manager of a Beefeater steakhouse.

Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies, said: “Having someone of Peter’s calibre to advise and guide us is a tremendous asset and we are delighted to have him on board. His experience over many years in the hospitality industry, particularly at McMullens with its sizeable managed estate, will prove invaluable as we seek to build our own managed business.

Brakspear’s managed estate currently stands at nine pubs which includes four sites in the Cotswolds and pubs in Surrey, Staines and Shepherd’s Bush.

Last month, the company announced that its turnover increased to £25.5 million in 2016.

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