Liberation Group reshuffles senior team

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Covid response: 'these are challenging times and we have had to make some difficult decisions,' Liberation Group CEO Jonathan Lawson said of the restructure
Covid response: 'these are challenging times and we have had to make some difficult decisions,' Liberation Group CEO Jonathan Lawson said of the restructure

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Channel Islands-based pub company the Liberation Group has announced the creation of two new senior roles as part of its response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of its restructure, the group’s managing director of pubs and inns​, Jayson Perfect – who joined Liberation-owned Butcombe Brewery​​ from Palmers Brewery as MD in November 2016 – has been appointed into the role of group MD Liberation pubs and inns, covering both managed and tenanted pubs.

Additionally, Marc McGuigan has been appointed group MD of Liberation's brewing and drinks, covering both the UK and the Channel Islands, with the respective heads of Victor Hugo wines and spirits and Thomas Bucktrouts retail outlets in Guernsey, Tim Hubert, and Dave Robilliard, reporting into him. 

However, after three years with Liberation Group, Christine Oxford will be leaving after the reshuffle rendered the role of managing director of tenanted pubs redundant. 

“These are challenging times and we have had to make some difficult decisions, however I am confident these changes will enable us to respond quickly to our customers, make decisions swiftly and focus on execution,” Liberation Group CEO Jonathan Lawson said of the restructure. 

As previously reported by The Morning Advertiser​, Liberation Group owned Butcombe Brewing Co kicked off a staggered pub reopening schedule on 8 July​ after sites were given the green light to resume trade from 4 July​ by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

This followed the reopening of a number of the Group’s pubs on Guernsey and Jersey​ from 15 and 16 June respectively after the Channel Islands eased Covid-19 restrictions before mainland UK. 

"We have ambitious plans for all parts of our business and that ambition has not been diminished by the difficulties faced over the last few months. Our reopenings are progressing ahead of plan and the response to our revitalised range of beers from both breweries has been really encouraging. 

"As expected certain trends that we saw developing before the lockdown have now accelerated - the demand for local food and drink, staycations and personalised service. With our award-winning food and drink offer our pub estate in both the Channel Islands and the UK is well-positioned to take advantage of these trends.”

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