St Austell Brewery has promoted Georgina Young to the role of brewing director. She will oversee brewing and operations at both St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales.

Young first joined the company a year ago – leaving her leading role at Fuller’s to become Bath Ales’ head brewer. She was recruited by her long-time friend, Roger Ryman – St Austell’s previous brewing director – who sadly passed away in May.

In her new role, Young will continue to be based at Bath Ales’ headquarters – Hare Brewery – while overseeing operations in St Austell. She will report to Andrew Turner, MD of St Austell’s beer and brands business, who joined the company from Heineken earlier this year

Chief executive Kevin Georgel said: “We’re delighted to have appointed Georgina as our new brewing director. As one of Roger’s oldest friends in the industry, he was thrilled when she joined the business last year. He held her in the highest regard, and we know he would be very proud to see her take the helm and steer us forward.”

Young added: “I’ve been a long-time admirer of St Austell Brewery’s beers and feel honoured to be taking up the reins from Roger.

“Overseeing production down in Cornwall, while continuing to head up Bath Ales, offers me a new challenge. I’m looking forward to this next chapter and working more closely with the brilliant team down in Cornwall.”