Black Sheep Brewery CFO steps down

By Gary Lloyd

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North Yorkshire brewery: Black Sheep Brewery CFO John Hunt has stepped down
North Yorkshire brewery: Black Sheep Brewery CFO John Hunt has stepped down

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Black Sheep Brewery’s chief financial officer (CFO) John Hunt has stepped down from his role for personal reasons, with Anthony Hill appointed as interim CFO.

Hunt joined the brewer and pub operator in June 2022. He was previously CFO at iPortalis, prior to which he was group finance director at Estio Training. He has also served as group finance director at Harvard Technology, before which he worked with KPMG for five years.

Black Sheep Brewery chief executive Charlene Lyons said: “I’d like to thank John for the valuable contributions he has made during his time with us, and I wish him all the best for the future. 

“We have brought in an interim CFO, Anthony Hill, who is an experienced, data-driven, finance leader.”

Vast experience

She continued: “Having previously been at KPMG, he has held various senior roles, with a vast amount of experience across many industries, and we are delighted to have him on board.”

At the start of February, customers of the Masham-based brewer were sent a letter announcing the brewer would be raising prices​ by 19.5% for its cask, keg and packaged products at the end of February.

Lyons said at the time: “These are incredibly challenging times for our industry and for breweries and pubs in particular. 

"We have resisted passing on considerable cost increases to our customers for some time and as a business we have absorbed as much as we can.”

Costs higher

She continued: “In reality, cost increases could have been much higher, based on the huge rise in costs we are all trying to manage. 

“We have excellent relationships with our pub customers and continue to work closely with them in the best ways we can to support them through these turbulent times.”

The North Yorkshire brewer released a stout​ at the start of March called Blossom to celebrate International women's day.

The brewer said it is a strong cherry stout at 7% ABV and contains dark roasted malts and silky oats at its core, boasting flavours of chocolate and coffee on the palate with a fruity sweetness tempered by a liberal dose of spicy and peppery hops alongside a light and dry finish. 

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