Brewery strengthens leadership team

Kate Price and Laura McKay

St Austell Brewery has appointed two new directors to join its executive leadership team.

Kate Price will join the company in May as its new people director, while Laura McKay has been promoted internally to the role of marketing and communications director. This follows on from the appointment of Paul Harbottle as commercial director and the promotion of Andrew Turner to chief operating officer last year.

Price joins the business from Wilko, where she is currently group HR director. She has over 20 years of experience in the HR sector, including previous roles at Unilever, Molson Coors, and Boots.

St Austell Brewery has also taken the decision to align its marketing and communications teams under the leadership of Laura McKay. McKay has worked for the business for seven years, most recently in the role of head of marketing for beer and brands.

Kevin Georgel, chief executive, St Austell Brewery, said: “In recent months, we have been considering how to further improve the capability, diversity, and alignment of our executive team to support our growth ambitions for the future.

“We are therefore delighted to be welcoming our new people director, Kate Price, who will bring a huge amount of expertise and experience to our business when she joins us in May.

“We are also proud to announce Laura McKay as our marketing and communications director. At St Austell Brewery, we are passionate about nurturing talent and providing opportunities for internal progression, so we are pleased to be promoting Laura to this much-deserved senior leadership position.

“I am very confident that welcoming Kate and Laura to our team will enable us to move forward with even greater momentum throughout 2023 and beyond.”