about us

about brakspear

At Brakspear, we’re passionate about great pubs. Our family has been running pubs for over 200 years and, while many things have changed in that time, the pub remains at the heart of British life. Today, as ever, it offers great food, great drink, and a place to enjoy the company of others – friends, family or fellow drinkers.

We’re lucky to have beautiful pubs but we think it’s the people inside, running the pub who matter, and that means we do things differently at Brakspear. We are still family-owned and run, which means we make all our decisions for the long-term benefit of our company, our pub tenants and our pub customers.

We think you’ll notice that difference, whichever side of the bar you’re standing, whether you’re popping in for a quick pint, or partnering with us to run one of our 125 wonderful rural, community or town-centre pubs. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Photo left: The Brakspear team taken January 2022.

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MEET THE TEAM

Mickey Davies

Chairman

Mickey Davies
Chairman

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started in October 2004 as a non executive Director, having been with J.T.Davies & Sons for my working life; running 20 Managed Pubs and 80 Wine Shops.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

New York, I have never been and I would love to experience it.

Who is your favourite sports team?

England Rugby Team ( They need the support……)

What is your favourite tipple?

Red Wine from Bordeaux – St Emilion preferably.

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

I would be able to speak every language in this world and beyond – talking with everybody in their own dialect. I would also have the power to make people get on – wars would never happen.

Tom Davies

Chief Executive

Tom Davies
Chief Executive

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started at Brakspear in September 2007 before which I was at Fullers working as a Tenanted BDM.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m not sure it really counts as my achievement (more my wife Alexa’s!) but I am hugely proud we brought our baby daughter Bella into the world in February 2021. I am thoroughly enjoying being a father for the first time.

Who is your hero? Why?

I think hero is pushing it (!) but my Father has been a great inspiration to me and he continues to be a good friend and mentor in his capacity as Chairman.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I suppose I am very lucky in that I have always wanted to work for the family business in some capacity. I am very proud to be the 5th generation of my family to run the business and hope to be able to pass it on in good condition to the 6th.

What is your favourite tipple?

Brakspear Gravity of course!

David Nathan

Chief Financial Officer

David Nathan
Chief Financial Officer

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started at Brakspear in April 2010. I worked previously for an audit & accountancy firm, a retail plc, international glass business and, supply chain & wholesaling business.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Patagonia … a little bit different!

Who’s your favourite sports team?

Leeds United FC.

What is your favourite tipple?

It’s got to be Brakspear Bitter.

What achievement are you most proud of?

This year … Completing the Three Peaks Challenge with my finance family … when you ‘meet them’ you’ll see why!!

Amanda Windows

Recruitment Manager

Amanda Windows
Recruitment Manager

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

Started in 2010, previously I was in financial services marketing.

If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?

I would love to spend the day with Michael MacIntyre.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A barrister.

Whose your favourite sports team?

I don’t have one I’m afraid

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Yes, Strictly Come Dancing.

Gavin Mansfield

Business Development Manager

Gavin Mansfield
Business Development Manager

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started with Brakspear in May 2017, and before that I was with McMullens for 6 years.

Where’s the best place you’ve ever been to and why?

Easily Cape Town. I’m from there and it’s simply the best city in the world.

What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?

A holiday with the kids which didn’t involve me doing too much work!

What’s your favourite tipple?

Red wine….although I’m partial to some good ale on occasion.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I have many!

Gerard Winder

Business Development Manager

Gerard Winder
Business Development Manager

How long have you been at Brakspear?

I originally joined the business in December 2011 and left in December 2017 to work for another family brewer prior to returning in December 2019.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

San Francisco is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I love the US but have never visited the West Coast and it looks awesome.

Who is your hero?

David Bowie. Perhaps the greatest ever singer/songwriter who never stood still and constantly reinvented himself.

What is your favourite tipple?

Don Papa Rum or a pint of Brakes.

If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?

I’d love to spend a day on tour with Bernard Sumner from New Order including a back stage view of them playing live!

Stuart Brown

Business Development Manager

Stuart Brown
Business Development Manager

What month and year did you start at Brakspear and where were you before?

I joined Brakpear in March 2020 having spent 12 years with Punch Pubs & Co and previously Mitchells & Butlers working with All Bar One, PCDG & others.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I spent a summer in California in my youth and travelled to Mexico for a day, it’s a country I have always found intriguing and look forward to visiting and exploring properly to enjoy its vibrant culture, food and amazing scenery.

What skill would you like to learn and why?

Golf, So I could join in with industry golf days without embarrassment…

Whose your favourite sports team?

Rugby: Harlequins, Football: Crystal Palace – its ok to like both…

What is your favourite tipple?

Must admit I am a fan of a decent G&T, however, can’t beat a nice pint of cask ale.

Emma Sweet

Marketing Manager

Emma Sweet
Marketing Manager

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started at Brakspear in July 2012. I moved from Manchester for the role, as I was previously marketing manager for JW Lees.

What skill would you like to learn and why?

I’d love to be able to bake. I came last in the Brakspear Bake Off we had in the office. I’m always leaving things in the oven too long.

Who is your hero?

Mo Farrah. I enjoy running, and he’s good inspiration.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Canada as then you get to ski in the winter and go to the beach in the summer.

What is your favourite dessert?

Well I do have a sweet tooth. Depending on what mood I’m in, I’d say strawberry pavlova in the summer, and sticky toffee pudding in the winter.

Jaci Fletcher

Marketing Manager

Jaci Fletcher
Marketing Manager

When did you start at Brakspear and where were you before?

I started in August 2021 and previously worked at Big Table Group (previously known as Casual Dining Group), Carlson Rezidor – Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson, and The Restaurant Group

What achievement are you most proud of?

I created the world’s first cheese hotel…..

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to work in the local supermarket because I used to love the clicky keyboard

Whose your favourite sports team?

Manchester United!

What is your favourite dessert?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Tony Lewis

Property Manager

Tony Lewis
Property Manager

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I have been at Brakspear since March 2011. I undertook my professional training at a firm of Chartered Surveyors in London called Drivers Jonas (Deloitte Real Estate).

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would have a house in New Zealand for their summer and a house in Italy for our summer.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Antarctica. I have always dreamt of walking to the South Pole.

What skill would you like to learn and why?

I would love to learn to sail. It is on my bucket list to sail across the Atlantic.

What is your favourite dessert?

Apple crumble and lots of custard.

Yasmin Territt

Property Assistant

Yasmin Territt
Property Assistant

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

December 2021. I was previously working in Finance for a Payment Services company, prior to that I was travelling South East Asia.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

South America! I would love to climb Machu Picchu and visit places like Rio,Brazil to experience the culture and food.

What skill would you like to learn and why?

I would love to learn how to bake! I enjoy cooking but baking any desserts or sweet treats is not my forte. My grandma makes the most amazing desserts – I would love to have this skill and not just eat them!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A figure skating coach.

What is your favourite tipple?

A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Stephanie Dennett

Head of Interior Design

Stephanie Dennett
Head of Interior Design

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I joined Brakspear in January 2012. I was at an interior design company in London before this working on residential projects across West London. I did my interior design training at KLC School of Design in Chelsea.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I’d love to tour South East Asia. I’ve been to Thailand and absolutely loved it so one day I hope to spend a lot more time travelling round the neighbouring countries.

What skill would you like to learn and why?

I’d love to be able to sew well and I’d also love to learn floristry.

What’s your favourite tipple?

I do like a nice glass of rosé!

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Made in Chelsea!

Laura Morgan

Interior Designer

Laura Morgan
Interior Designer

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started in January 2014, before Brakspear I was studying Interior design at Liverpool John Moore’s university.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An archaeologist…random I know!! I just liked the idea of unearthing something really unusual that no one had seen before.

What is your favourite dessert?

Anything with chocolate in it!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

In the summer months I’d love to live in the French Philippines in a overwater bungalow and for the winter I’d love to live in Canada.

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

I’d like to be able to fly, so I could easily get to and from the French Philippines and Canada.

Nikhita Chadda

Interior Design Assistant

Nikhita Chadda
Interior Design Assistant

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started with Brakspear in March 2022. Previous to this, I was completing a degree in Interior Design at Kingston University whilst working part-time at Sainsbury’s.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

This is difficult but either hire a convertible car and travel around USA, island hop around Greece or the Caribbean! There’s so much to see.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?

BMW M4

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

The Vampire Diaries – I’ve probably watched the series about 6 times!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Somewhere by the sea where I can build my own house.

Vicky Manning

Finance Manager

Vicky Manning
Finance Manager

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I joined Brakspear in August 2017, I was previously working for an IT company.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?

An army of puppies.

What skill would you like to learn and why?

I wish I could cook, I spend far too much money on takeaways.

What is your favourite dessert?

It has to be bread and butter pudding.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Anywhere covered in snow.

Kelly Dorrell

Credit & Applications Manager

Kelly Dorrell
Credit & Applications Manager

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

March 2011

What skill would you like to learn and why?

Read minds, because it would amuse me greatly and make me rich.

What the first think you would buy if you won the lottery?

An island in paradise

If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?

I’d like to spend a day with 3 celebrities, Jeremy Clarkson, Tom Hardy and Paul Weller.

What is your favourite tipple?

A good full bodied red wine.

Trang Tran

Accounts Payable

Trang Tran
Accounts Payable

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started in November 2018. Before that, I was with Deawoo Electronic Ltd.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I’d love to drive around all the countries in Europe for a month.

Who is your hero? Why?

Anyone who’s given up a comfortable life to go and help those in underdeveloped remote corners of the world because I know that I wouldn’t be able to do it myself.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

On a desert island with my favorites discs!

Rebecca Martins De Oliveira

Financial Accountant

Rebecca Martins De Oliveira
Financial Accountant

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I joined Brakspear in January 2014 after relocating from Cheshire.

Who is your hero?

Jane Bartle-Wilson, former member of the British Olympic Dressage Team.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional showjumper.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would love to live in Buenos Aires.

What is your favourite dessert?

Jamie Oliver’s banana and blueberry French toast.

Matt Godwin

System Analyst

Matt Godwin
System Analyst

When did you start at Brakspear and where were you before?

I joined Brakspear in July 2017 as the Deputy Manager for the Bull on Bell St in Henley-on-Thames, I then joined the head office team in October 2018. Previous to this I spent 6 years working for Chiquito.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

My dream is to visit Iceland. I love photography so it would be amazing to explore and photograph the landscapes but most importantly I would love to see the Northern Lights!

What is your favourite tipple?

Long Island Ice Tea.

If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?

Penn & Teller the magicians

Whose your favourite sports team?

Manchester United.

Yazminn Robinson

Credit Controller

Yazminn Robinson
Credit Controller

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I joined Brakspear in July 2014, before this I was working for a telecoms company also based in Henley.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?

Various holiday homes. Somewhere hot, somewhere with snow, and a few for weekend breaks in the UK.

If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?

Gordon Ramsey.

What is your favourite dessert?

Cheesecake, any flavour… baked or not…

What is your favourite tipple?

In the winter, I love a Malbec, in the summer, Aperol Spritz or a dry rosé with lots of ice.

Stephanie Adamson

Accounts Apprentice

Stephanie Adamson
Accounts Apprentice

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started in May 2021. Before then I was working at The Slug and Lettuce as a bartender.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to sweep up the hair in the hairdressers or be a guinea pig breeder.

What’s your favourite dessert?

The Little Angel (in Henley) and their Paris–Brest.

What’s your favourite tipple?

Disaronno cranberry.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

The Office USA – I even have the Dunder Mifflin dressing gown!

Nathan Dow

Accounts Apprentice

Nathan Dow
Accounts Apprentice

When did you join Brakspear?

I joined May 2021. I was a Team Leader at Morrisons after I left University.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Australia to watch the Ashes.

Whose your favourite sports team?

Colchester United

What is your favourite dessert?

Sticky toffee pudding

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?

A racehorse.

Sophie Johnson

Operations Manager

Sophie Johnson
Operations Manager

When did you start at Brakspear and where were you before?

I started with Brakspear in May 2018, prior to this I worked within Casual Dining at Bella Italia for 3 years and Pubs at Mitchells and Butlers for 5 years, starting my hospitality career there on their Graduate programme.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?

A horse. I love animals and started riding last year.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Opening the Frogmill for Brakspear in 2018, I had never done a project of this scale before and the opportunity to work with a product that I loved was fantastic. It’s been great to see the business grow over the years and it still has so much potential.

What is your favourite dessert?

Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream

What is your favourite tipple?

Espresso Martini – I love coffee so this is my perfect cocktail

Mark Hopes

Payroll and HR Officer

Mark Hopes
Payroll and HR Officer

When did you join Brakspear and where were you before?

I started with Brakspear in September 2021 and was previously employed by Sally Salon Services for 15 years.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Around the age of 10, I wanted to be a policeman, but thought I would be too short.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I have always wanted to travel to Tokyo, to experience the culture and see Mount Fuji.

What’s your favourite tipple?

Jack Daniels & Coke, or a spiced rum.

What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate fudge cake with clotted cream

Gareth Jones

Training Manager

Gareth Jones
Training Manager

When did you join Brakspear?

January 2022. I previously worked with CUBE HR consulting.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

South America. It’s somewhere that has always interested me, I’ve just never had the chance to go.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A footballer… I wasn’t anywhere near dedicated enough or crucially good enough!

Whose your favourite sports team?

Liverpool FC

Have you ever had a nickname?

Imaginatively, Jones or Jonesy.

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