Punch Taverns chief Roger Whiteside crowned pub trade's most influential

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Whiteside: Punch chief crowned pub industry's most influential
Whiteside: Punch chief crowned pub industry's most influential
Punch Taverns chief executive Roger Whiteside has been named the pub industry's most influential person in the annual Publican's Morning Advertiser Top 50 list.

He topped the list ahead of Enterprise Inns boss Ted Tuppen and JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin.

Whiteside became the chief executive of leased and tenanted pubco Punch Taverns following its demerger from managed division, Spirit, in August 2011.

He has been credited with making a genuine effort to improve the relationship between Punch and its licensees, personally authoring a new partnership agreement and code of conduct.
To attract a higher calibre of partner, Punch now offers more flexibility, including free-of-tie pricing options, and has removed rent reviews (unless requested). It cut the number of pubs per partner development manager, and had success with its partner roadshows and Punch Buying Club, which announced its 100,000th order in May.

PMA group editor Rob Willock said: "Whiteside deserves his place at number one after making significant strides in developing Punch’s model in a positive way. Under his leadership, Punch is making a virtue of its efforts to change the traditional tenant/pubco model – one based on a fairer and more transparent partnership with shared goals and improved tenant profitability at its heart."

The achievements were recognised this year when Punch was given the highly commended prize in the large tenanted operator category at the Publican Awards.

Rankings in the Top 50 list were determined by a weighted combination of factors including share of voice in the trade and national press, size of the individual's organisation; performance and ambitions of their organisation; and industry awards.

Top 10 Power Players

  1. Roger Whiteside, Punch Taverns
  2. Ted Tuppen, Enterprise Inns
  3. Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoon
  4. Stefan Orlowski, Heineken UK
  5. Bob Ivell, M&B
  6. Brigid Simmonds, BBPA
  7. Mike Tye, Spirit Pub Company
  8. Rooney Anand, Greene King
  9. Ralph Findlay, Marston's
  10. Peter Thomas, BII
  11. Paul Wells
  12. Mike Benner
  13. Paul Walsh
  14. Jonathan Neame
  15. Nick Bish
  16. Ian Payne
  17. Jon Collins
  18. Jonathan Paveley
  19. Benet Slay
  20. Simon Emeny
  21. Greg Mulholland
  22. Richard Bailey
  23. Andrew Griffiths
  24. Scott Waddington
  25. Colm O’Dwyer
  26. Steve Richards
  27. Andrew Boyd
  28. Karen Murphy
  29. Stephen Goodyear
  30. Rufus Hall
  31. Jacques Borel
  32. Neil Morgan
  33. Inge Plochaet
  34. James Dickson
  35. Billy Buchanan
  36. Stewart Glendinning
  37. Stephen Gould
  38. Oliver Robinson
  39. Graham Mackay
  40. William Lees-Jones
  41. David Rey
  42. Julian Grocock
  43. Keith Knowles
  44. James Baer
  45. Peter Hansen
  46. Paul Flaum
  47. John Longden
  48. Alex Reilley
  49. Tom Kerridge
  50. James Staughton

Read PMA group editor Rob Willock's opinion

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