meet our board

Jonathan Adnams OBE, Chairman

Jonathan joined Adnams in 1975 as a brewery engineer and has worked in all areas of the company. He joined the Board in 1988 running Adnams pubs and property and then assumed the role of Managing Director in 1997. In August 2006, Jonathan took over the role of Chairman, in which he remains today.


Jonathan has been instrumental in driving Adnams forward in terms of innovation and sustainability. The introduction of the modern, energy-efficient brewing equipment and the world-class distillery that represent Adnams today, are all thanks to Jonathan's vision. Jonathan was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. In November 2015 Jonathan celebrated completing 40 years at Adnams.


Outside of work Jonathan is a keen sailor and spent many years as part of the RNLI Lifeboat crew in Southwold.

Dr. Andy Wood OBE DL, Chief Executive

Andy Wood joined Adnams in the mid 1990’s with responsibility for developing its customer service and supply chain operations. He joined the Board in 2000 as Sales and Marketing Director becoming Managing Director in 2006 and Chief Executive in 2010. Andy has an MBA, a doctorate from Cranfield University and Honorary doctorates; in Business from Anglia Ruskin University, in Science from Cranfield University and Civil Law from the University of East Anglia. He was also awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 and is HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Responsible Business in the East of England. In 2018 Andy was awarded the FIRST Special Award for Environmental Responsibility as part of a House of Lords presentation on Responsible Capitalism.


From the summer of 2010 to April 2014 Andy was the founding Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and was instrumental in securing Central Government financial support for a variety of economic development initiatives across Suffolk and Norfolk. In particular the New Anglia LEP area was the only one to secure two City Deals for Ipswich and Norwich.


Andy is Non-Executive Chairman of SG Wealth Management (SGWM), a chartered financial planning and wealth management firm operating throughout East Anglia, and a Non-Executive Director of Folk Hotels. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia.


He has also co-authored a book on Lean and Green Business Systems. The book was awarded the Shingo prize for Operational Excellence in 2013.

Jenny Hanlon, Chief Financial Officer

Jenny started her career training to be an accountant with Ernst & Young. From here she worked across multiple sectors, having spent time with Barclays, Greene King, Willis plc, iprism and GRP Group. Jenny is also a Non-Executive Trustee at BEST, a multi-academy trust in the East of England for children with special educational needs.


Jenny joined the Board in June 2020

Dr. Karen Hester, Chief Operating Officer

Karen has a remarkable story that illustrates how determination and hard work really can lead to great things. Karen joined Adnams in 1988 as a part-time cleaner and with a background in Army logistics and transport, her expertise in operational management was soon spotted. Having progressed in logistics, procurement and transport, Karen became Operations Director in 2007. In 2008 Karen won the title of East of England Business Woman of the Year and in 2013 won the CBI First Women, Business of the Year title in recognition of Adnams’ success in supporting women employees to reach their full potential.


Karen is also a Magistrate and joined the Adnams Board in 2015. In October 2015, Karen was awarded an honorary doctorate by University Campus Suffolk (UCS). Karen also works with other local organisations as a Non-Executive Director.

Nicky Dulieu, Non-Executive Director

Nicky is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a wealth of retail industry experience. She trained as an accountant with Marks & Spencer plc and undertook numerous strategic and financial roles in the company over a 23 year period, including as Finance Director of the Food Division. Nicky joined Hobbs Limited as its Finance Director in 2006 before becoming its Chief Operating Officer and subsequently Chief Executive between 2008 and 2014.

Nicky is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committees at Marshall Motor Holdings plc and Redrow plc and is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at WH Smith plc. Nicky is also a trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Society and a Director of Norfolk Showgrounds Ltd

Bridget McIntyre, Non-Executive Director

Bridget started her business career training to be an accountant. After qualification in 1987, she worked in a variety of industries from Collins the publishers to Volvo cars. She moved to work at Aviva and held senior positions across the business. Most recently she was UK Chief Executive of RSA Insurance.

Bridget is currently a Non-Executive director Chair of Notcutts, the Suffolk family-owned group of destination Garden Centres, non executive director of Chancery Lane and founder of her own social enterprise business, Dream On, a Suffolk-based company focussed on improving the lives of men & women.

Bridget joined the Adnams Board in May 2013

Steven Sharp, Senior Non-Executive Director

A former Executive Director of Marks and Spencer, Steven was responsible for Marketing, Financial Services, E-Commerce and Store Development.


He is Executive Chairman of Imagineer London, an international Marketing and Branding Agency.


Steven is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Doctor and Visiting Professor of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Guy Heald, Non-Executive Director

Guy Heald has been a long-term supporter of Adnams. His family has been involved with Adnams since its very early days and is a major shareholder.


Guy has been an Adnams Community Trust trustee since 2004.

He has had a successful international career in finance and has wide ranging interests in Suffolk.


Guy joined the Adnams Board in April 2015.