Successor for Hunt
Innis & Gunn hires leisure sector veteran Robinson as chairman
Martin Robinson: impressed
Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has appointed Martin Robinson, a big-hitter in the leisure industy, as non-executive chairman. He succeeds Tony Hunt, who has retired.
Mr Robinson spent his early career at Reckitt & Colman, Sara Lee Corporation and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co, before becoming a director in the pubs division at Scottish & Newcastle.
He became CEO and chairman of Center Parcs, at the time owned by S&N. He led a management buy-out with DB Capital Partners and continued to chair the business until 2014.
Mr Robinson spent many years on the boards of Disneyland Paris and Regus and has also been chairman of Holmes Place Health Clubs, Wagamama and Casual Dining Group. He is currently chairman of Burger King UK, Parkdean Resorts and Inspiring Learning, as well as sitting on the board of Majid Al Futtaim Ventures in Dubai.
Dougal Sharp, Innis & Gunn founder and master brewer, said: “Martin brings a wealth of retail, brand building and strategic management expertise as we embark on some of our biggest strategic initiatives to date, including the building of the Innis & Gunn Brewery in Edinburgh.”
Mr Robinson, said: “I’ve been very impressed by Dougal and his team and the fantastic results they’ve achieved with their beers and bars thus far, particularly the performance of their lager in Scotland and the strength of the International business.
“To be part of the team which builds a new brewery in Edinburgh and expands the business from its Scottish heartland will be a great honour and one which I relish.”
Innis & Gunn’s total beer volume grew 14.8% in 2018 driven by a rapid rise in lager 38%, making it the largest craft beer by volume and value in Scotland.
The company’s retail outlets in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee have benefited from investment, relaunching as ‘Brewery Taprooms.