Ridley’s, the Essex-based independent family brewer, has promoted financial director Bob Wales to managing director.
He fills the position that has been vacant since October, after the previous managing director, Brian Field, left for another brewery job.
Wales joined the company when it acquired the brands, estate and distribution operations of Tolly Cobbold of Ipswich in 2002. He has spent his entire career in the brewing industry, starting at JW Camerons in the north east before moving on to Tolly Cobbold.
He held the post of financial director at Tolly’s Ipswich Brewery and was instrumental in the management buyout that led to him becoming managing director of Tolly’s.