Liberation Group

Liberation Group consists of over 120  pubs, bars and inns with over 250 rooms, stretching across South West England and into the Channel Islands, employing over 1200 people. We’re very proud of our estate of local pubs, each venue with its own distinctive style and feel, focused on driving appeal to their local area and beyond, whilst leveraging scale by our focussed  approach on people, learning and development, supplier chain and quality produce suppliers.

Based in the South West, Butcombe Brewing Co. has a state of the art brewery in Wrington, Bristol and a multi-million pound distribution and bottling plant in  Bridgwater, Somerset. Alongside its pubs and bars, Liberation Brewing Co. has a  unique craft brewery in Jersey and a retail and wholesale business covering all of  the Channel Islands.

Meet our team

Richard Grainger

Board Chairman, Liberation Group

After 25 years working in Corporate Finance Richard started his plural life and has chaired numerous companies – both public and private. He joined the Board of Liberation in 2016. He is married to Miranda and lives in Sussex and has four adult daughters. His favourite beer is Butcombe Original.

Jonathan Lawson

CEO, Liberation Group

Jonathan joined Liberation Group as CEO in January 2019. A 26 year career in retail and leisure and hospitality,  which commenced as a graduate trainee in Marks and Spencer and has gone on to include Asda, Sainsburys, Greene King and Vision Express. In his last role at Sainsburys, Jonathan was at the forefront of its growth and expansion of its convenience division before joining the Board of Greene King in 2007 as Managing Director of Local Pubs. After four thoroughly enjoyable years, Jonathan departed Greene King for his first CEO appointment at Vision Express, which covered the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. The hospitality sector is ultimately the one Jonathan chose to return to. The people, the food and drink and the customers all coming together to form something quite special and in Liberation Group, quite unique. His two favourite beers are Goram IPA and Liberation IPA, favourite pubs, The Old Court House for breakfast, The Fleet for lunch and The Ship & Crown for a pint with some friends.

Simon Hope

Chief Financial Officer, Liberation Group

Simon joined the Board of Liberation as CFO in January 2020 and as a Finance leader loves to joke that he has a “wealth” of experience from previous roles.  His first consumer facing role was as Finance Director at retailer Claire’s and has since held CFO roles at optical retailer Vision Express and dermatology chain sk:n clinics, where he led the transaction from private equity investors Graphite Capital to Trispan.  He is married to Sara and has a daughter at Exeter University and a son about to start GCSEs.  His favourite beer is Rare Breed Pale Ale and his favourite pub is the Old Court House in Jersey.

Tim Lewis

Investor Director, Liberation Group

Tim joined Caledonia in 2011 after spending nine years with PwC in its audit and corporate finance divisions. His investments have included Park Holidays, Bowers & Wilkins, The Liberation Group and Stonehage Fleming. Tim currently sits on the boards of The Liberation Group and Stonehage Fleming.

Theo Tizard

Investor Director, Liberation Group

Theo joined Caledonia in 2017. He previously worked as an Associate within Houlihan Lokey’s corporate finance division, and in PwC’s transaction services department. His favourite beer is Bohemia Craft Lager.

Jeff Sills

Non-Executive Board Director, Liberation Group

Jeff has worked in Food & Beverage for 40 years and is also a Board member of Park Holidays UK. He joined the Board of Liberation in 2016. He lives in East Sussex with his partner Dawn, and has a son & a daughter. His favourite beer is Goram IPA.

Marc Mcguigan

Group Managing Director Brewing & Distribution, Liberation Group

Marc joined Liberation Group as Managing Director of Butcombe Brewery & Distribution in July 2019 and was then promoted to Group Managing Director of Liberation Group Brewing and Distribution Business a year later. Marc has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry in operational roles having started his career in finance.  The first hospitality role was with Whitbread and once in the industry Marc quickly moved into operations as a trainee Area Manager. After leaving Whitbread Marc joined Greene King and held various senior roles leading teams in the Pub, Hotel & Restaurant sides of the business.  Having worked for big companies the opportunity to work for the Liberation Group and help build a great business was too good an opportunity to miss. His favourite beer is Goram IPA but when in Jersey he is also a big fan of Liberation IPA.

Jayson Perfect

Group Managing Director Pubs & Inns, Liberation Group

Jayson joined the Liberation Group in 2017 as Managing Director. He was appointed to Group Managing Director in 2020 and is responsible for the estate of 126 tenanted and managed pubs across the UK, Jersey and Guernsey. Jayson was previously tenanted trade director at Palmers brewery for five years and prior to this spent 14 years at Fuller, Smith and Turner in the managed house division. Originally from South Africa, Jayson has over 23 years of hospitality experience in restaurants, pubs and breweries from single site management to directorship. His favourite beers are Longboard Lager and Stateside IPA.