The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has announced Ian Fozard of Rooster’s Brewery as its new national chairman.


Ian, who has run Rooster’s brewery in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire with his sons Tom and Oliver since 2011, has been a SIBA Board member for more than four years, and will take on the role with immediate effect.

Prior to purchasing Rooster’s Brewery, Ian had a long career in pub estate ownership and management and is also a qualified accountant. 

Speaking about his appointment, chief executive of SIBA, Mike Benner, said: “Ian’s experience of the British pub and beer market, both in owning and running a successful pub company with Market Town Taverns and the hugely respected Rooster’s brewery, is a truly valuable asset to SIBA Members and his leadership and direction on issues such as the future of Small Breweries Relief and access-to-market could not come at a more important time."

The organisation is hoping that Ian's expertise in financial planning and strategy, knowledge of the beer industry, and first hand experience will help SIBA to continue to campaign successfully for its members.

Ian said: “I am delighted to be elected Chairman of SIBA by my Board colleagues and am proud to have the trust of SIBA brewers from across the UK behind me.

"I hope to help guide SIBA and its members towards a successful, vibrant future for British independent craft beer at a time when there are threats and challenges coming from various directions.

"I intend to be open and approachable to all SIBA members. I believe that SIBA’s strength is in being a ‘broad church’ and will do everything in my power to retain this status, encouraging tolerance of different views, and different brewing size and style.”

Anthony Hughes of Lincoln Green Brewery also joins as the new vice-chairman.