Sir Peter Luff MP, Chairman of the Pub Governing Body

By | June 11, 2014

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Sir Peter Luff MP, Chairman of the Pub Governing Body

Please look at the Question in red at the bottom of the ALMR article, your comments would be appreciated, if you feel that this question is correct, please send it to Sir Peter Luff as Chairman.

The Pub Governing Body, the body responsible for overseeing the current self-regulatory regime for tied pubs, including the independent redress mechanisms of PIRRS and PICAS, today announced the appointment of Sir Peter Luff MP as the new, independent chairman. The appointment process was started under the Chairmanship of Bernard Brindley, whom he will succeed.

Welcoming the appointment, Tim Hulme on behalf of the PGB said:

“We are delighted to welcome such a well-respected, authoritative and impartial figure as Sir Peter to the Chairmanship of the PGB. Having Chaired the initial Business & Enterprise Select Committee inquiries in the last Parliament, Sir Peter is well versed in the ins and outs of this debate yet still brings a fresh perspective to our work. He has the necessary political experience not only to plough an objective furrow but also to bring the two sides closer together to help resolve outstanding problems”.

Sir Peter Luff said:

“I am pleased to be taking up Chairmanship of the PGB at this point in time. Following the recent Government announcement, it is vital that we continue to have the strongest possible self-regulatory regime in place and that tenants continue to have access to an effective, fair and low cost method of independent redress when things go wrong.”

Tim Hulme concluded:

“Bernard Brindley devoted the last years of his working life to trying to bring about an effective solution in this area and I know that I and the other Board members will work with our new Chairman to drive that forward”.


Notes for editors

  1. The Pub Governing Body (PGB) is responsible for establishing the rules of governance and case protocols for both the Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) and Pubs Independent Conciliation and Arbitration Service (PICA-Service). 2. The Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) which offers an accessible, independent, low cost rent review resolution service, to the licensed industry has been extended to also deal with rents concerning tenancy renewals under circumstances where terms of the new Lease or Tenancy Agreement have been agreed between the parties. Capped fees enable tenants and landlords to resolve disputes in a fair and timely manner.

3. The Pubs Independent Conciliation and Arbitration Service (PICA-Service) offers an accessible, independent, low cost dispute resolution service, to the licensed industry. Capped fees enable tenants/lessees and Pub Companies/Breweries to resolve disputes in a fair and timely manner.

4. The Pub Governing Body Board of Directors consists of: Kate Nicholls (Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers), Tim Hulme (British Institute of Innkeeping), Bill Sharp (Guild of Master Victuallers), Martin Caffrey (Federation of Licensed Victuallers), Nick Griffin (Brighton and Hove Licensee Association), Brigid Simmons & Jim Cathcart (British Beer and Pub Association), Mike Clist (Fullers) and George Barnes (Shepherd Neame).

5. Secretariat is provided by the BII; Tim Hulme can be contacted on: or 07771 764183. 6. Kate Nicholls can be contacted on or 020 8579 2080.

Chris Banks

Communications Executive

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

9b Walpole Court, Ealing Studios, London, W5 5E

Question:-Why does the BBPA have two Directors on the Board and an additional two Pub Co Directors in addition, the representation from serving licensees, who are the largest group of individuals who will be affected by decisions by this body has the lowest representation.

This raises  possible question marks about vested interests by Pub Co’s to the detriment of the Government intentions to level the playing field for the people who have been affected by Pub Co’s and subject to four Government Inquiries into pub Co activity.

I assume that the aim of this august body is to make pubs successful and give licensees a career for life, not to endorse the activities of the wealthy minority in the face of possible Government Legislation.


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