Bernard Brindley takes over BII chairmanship following Grant departure

By Michelle Perrett

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Bernard Brindley has been unveiled as the new chairman of the BII, following Martin Grant’s resignation earlier this week.

Brindley is a regional chairman of BII and also chairs PIRRS (Pub Independent Rent Review Scheme), the initiative set up to provide an independent arbitration service to rent reviews, when tenants and pub-owning landlord companies enter into a dispute.

Brindley said: “All organisations evolve and change and now it’s the BII’s turn.  There is much to do and Martin wanted the new team to take up this activity and take it forward.  He believed his job was done and we are very grateful for Martin’s unstinting time and effort as chairman, and we wish him well.

“Our reorganisation is important and significant as it will provide a new focus and point of contact with our members.”

The BII national council was notified of Grant’s decision on Wednesday 16 May and Peter Thomas, chief executive of BII has insisted Grant’s departure was not a consequence of recent revelations about the BII’s financial problems, its ill-fated Chinese partnership, or the well-publicised furore surrounding Diageo and Brewdog at its Scottish operator awards last week.

Thomas said he was “delighted” with Brindley’s appointment and said: "I look forward to working with Bernard.  His appointment as chairman guarantees continuity but moreover, Bernard’s leadership and wise counsel will prove invaluable as we move forward.”

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