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Jonathan  Adnams

Jonathan Adnams

Inductee: 15

Gin - 2023

Jonathan joined Adnams in 1975 as an apprentice 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 Chair, which he remains today.

Jonathan has been instrumental in driving Adnams forward in terms of innovation and sustainability. Jonathan led the project teams responsible for the redevelopment and modernisation of the Sole Bay Brewery. He was the inspiration and driving force behind the concept and building of the Copper House Distillery in 2009 where Jonathan took Adnams into the world of distillation of Vodka, Gin and Whisky.

Jonathan was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2015 Jonathan celebrated completing 40 years at Adnams and in 2022, Jonathan was made an honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk.

Outside of work, Jonathan is a keen farmer and sailor. He spent three decades as part of the RNLI Lifeboat crew in Southwold.

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