BII names former Fuller's ops director Mike Clist as MD

By Oli Gross

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Mike Clist, left, with chief executive of Brakspear, Tom Davies at last year's Publican Awards
Mike Clist, left, with chief executive of Brakspear, Tom Davies at last year's Publican Awards
The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced Mike Clist, formerly of Fuller’s, as managing director from 1 April 2016.

Clist brings 38 years of experience in the operational side of pubs, most recently as operations director for the tenanted division of Fuller’s, where he was responsible for 205 tenanted and leased pubs.

Before that, Clist was general manager (tenanted) at Allied Breweries which became Allied Domecq and later Punch Taverns.

The BII said the newly created position, which will be on a part time basis, is part of a new lean structure and commitment to maximising value to its members.

The organisation hopes that, in the context of the Market Rent Only option and imminent pubs code, Clist’s experience on the Pub Governing Body (PGB) board will ensure the BII provides “the most comprehensive support in what is likely to be a big year for members”.

Anthony Pender, Chairman of the BII, said: “As first choice, Mike’s appointment is a real coup for BII members as he can truly connect and understand their businesses. 

“Not only is he particularly suited for this role because of his experience in the tenanted environment but, having been a trustee for a number of years, Mike is already completely aligned with the BII.

“The move to a part time MD is real testament to our strong leadership team and their ability to deliver BII strategy as identified by the Trustees.”

Mike Clist added: “Tim has done a great job as Chief Executive and I am delighted to continue his good work in order to optimise the BII member experience. I have had a long-standing relationship with the BII as a member myself, trustee and industry advisor communicating the perspective of the tenant and so am keen to offer my industry knowledge to the BII in such a key role.”

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