I am a proud member of Licensees Supporting Licensees (LSL), the British Pub Confederation Steering Group and the Campaign for Pubs.
My partner and I took on a 5-year tenancy of an Enterprise Inns pub in East Sussex from June 2011. Unfortunately, we ended up in dispute with Enterprise Inns, closing our pub on 31 December 2011.
We were the first participants to put our case forward to PICAS, the body that was founded to resolve disputes and were supposedly successful in doing so. I wrote a paper on my experiences and my assessment of the PICAS experience which had a significant impact on the Business Secretary at the time deciding to reform the tied pub industry.
From 2012 to 2015, I lent my support and expertise to the various campaigning bodies at the time that were fighting for the reform of the tied pub industry and joined the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign steering group as an LSL representative. In more recent years I have acted as Treasurer for the British Pub Confederation and am pleased now to be Treasurer of the Campaign for Pubs.