Meet the team

Meet the team

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Meet the team at Palmers


Our senior management team…

John Palmer

John Palmer


Chairman and Managing Director

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John Palmer

Chairman and Managing Director


John Palmer was born in West Dorset and on leaving school he spent three years with Whitbread in five breweries in the South of England.

 

On returning to Palmers in 1972, he understudied his father, Anthony Palmer, working through all aspects of the business. In 1976 he became a Director. In 1983 he was appointed Managing Director and became Chairman in 1986.

 

John is a non-executive director for Jarrold & Sons Ltd, Norwich, and has held numerous governorships of local schools. He is married with four daughters and his interests include fishing, skiing, cricket, golf, tennis and supporting his family’s equestrian ambitions.

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Celebrating 50 years in the business is a fantastic milestone for me to reach.

Celebrating 50 years in the business is a fantastic milestone for me to reach. FIND OUT MORE
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Cleeves Palmer

Cleeves Palmer


Sales and Marketing Director

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Cleeves Palmer

Sales and Marketing Director


Cleeves Palmer was born in West Dorset and on leaving Canford School he joined Palmers Brewery for 6 months before undergoing graduate training with Whitbread. He returned to Palmers in 1982 as Sales Manager, becoming Sales Director in 1983. From 1989-2000 he was Marketing and Wine Director, becoming Sales and Marketing Director in 2001.

 

In both his professional and private life, Cleeves has chaired a wide range of good causes, including the restoration of the Real Tennis Court at the Hyde in Walditch. He is past President of the Melplash Show.

 

A keen downhill ski racer, cricketer, tennis player and fly fisherman, he is a past Chairman and President of the Kandahar Ski Club. He founded the Amateur Inter-Club Ski Championship (AICC) in 2008. He is married to ‘Dwina and they have a daughter  Sophie and son Mark.

 

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Emily Palmer Ramus

Emily Palmer Ramus


Director

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Emily Palmer Ramus

Director


Emily was appointed to the Board of Directors of Palmers in 2015, and works for Rothschild & Co investment bank in London, in Strategy & Corporate Development. Prior to her current role Emily worked in Mergers & Acquisitions for six years, helping advise on the sale of a number of consumer and retail businesses, including Sipsmith and Farrow and Ball.

Hoping to join the team at Palmers one day, Emily is also building on her qualifications. Having studied Biology at Bristol University, and recently completed WSET Wine & Spirits Level 3 and CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. When she’s not working in London, Emily can generally be found on the train heading back South to see her family and catch a breath of Dorset air.

Emily enjoys most active pursuits, particularly walking and skiing, but realises she may have to pick up golf at some point to keep up with the rest of the management team at the Palmers’ Golf Day.

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Jim Jones

Jim Jones


Tenanted Trade Director

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Jim Jones

Tenanted Trade Director


Jim joined Palmers in mid 2017 having spent the previous 17 years living in west London.

 

Jim started his career at the OXO tower, progressing through to senior management positions at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Savoy and Harvey Nichols Fifth floor before spreading his wings into multi-site management over a large geography with Mitchells and Butlers Browns Restaurants and Premium Country Dining group then, 4 years with Greene King’s Metropolitan Pub Company.

 

Now settled in Dorset with his wife and children, Jim can regularly be found picking up fossils along the beaches of Charmouth and Lyme and, is working hard on reducing his golf handicap to a respectable level.

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I'm proud of the investment that we've made in our pubs such as the Pilot Boat in Lyme Regis.

I'm proud of the investment that we've made in our pubs such as the Pilot Boat in Lyme Regis. The Pilot Boat relaunches
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Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock


Finance Director and Company Secretary

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Gary Adcock

Finance Director and Company Secretary


Gary Adcock joined Palmers in February 2008. After starting his career in Hampshire, where he was born, Gary has been working in industry for over 25 years. He says he ‘hugely values being part of the Palmers Brewery team because it is an increasingly rare opportunity to be part of a family run business where people are a priority.’

 

A passion for surfing and the outdoors brought him to the West Country over 20 years ago and Gary and his wife are now settled in the Blackdown Hills, breeding rare breed sheep, pigs and poultry. Still active in competitive kayak surfing after over three decades of competing, Gary can frequently be seen on the south and west coasts enjoying all that the region has to offer.

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Darren Batten

Darren Batten


Head Brewer and Director

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Darren Batten

Head Brewer and Director


Darren Batten was born and bred in West Dorset. In 1992 he joined the Palmers’ bottling team as a Biology graduate, employed to write operating instructions for small pack operations. Following a WSET Higher Certificate, Diploma in Management Studies and an IBD Diploma in Brewing, he became Head Brewer in 2007.

 

He is devoted to real ale, interested in people and a great believer in teamwork, having spent many years interviewing and employing the majority of the brewery personnel.

 

He’s a keen sportsman and enjoys cycling, golf, cricket, skiing and long alley skittles. As a long-serving parish councillor and Round Tabler, Darren is involved in the community at many levels and supports many village pubs. Having travelled widely abroad, he’s recently bought a campervan and intends to explore more of the British Isles.

I'm really proud for our ales to be recognised at a national level.

I'm really proud for our ales to be recognised at a national level. FIND OUT MORE
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Wayne Causley

Wayne Causley


Company Surveyor

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Wayne Causley

Company Surveyor


Born and bred in Dorset, Wayne Causley joined Palmers as Company Surveyor in 1996 taking responsibility for the whole property portfolio. Over the years, Wayne has project managed numerous successful pub refurbishments and is known for taking a real ‘hands on’ approach on site.

A passionate sports fan, Wayne is a regular at Anfield, watching his beloved Liverpool FC. Aside from football, Wayne enjoys watching live sports and music events.

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Tom Hutchings

Tom Hutchings


Tenanted Trade Manager

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Tom Hutchings

Tenanted Trade Manager


Tom Hutchings was born in Bristol. He joined Courage Free Trade at the start of his career in the drinks industry and later moved to Dorset with his family to take up the appointment with Palmers. His interests include sailing, fishing and travel.

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A story of family, heritage, quality… and beer.


Palmers ales are brewed in one of Britain’s oldest and prettiest breweries and have been since 1794. The only thatched brewery in the UK, Palmers sits adjacent to the river Brit just a mile from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. All our fine ales are brewed using water from our own naturally rising spring.

Our Head Brewer uses only the finest Maris Otter malt and carefully selected whole leaf hops to produce ales in a way they have been made for generations. Palmers historic brewhouse has a traditional Mash Tun, an open top Copper, along with top fermentation, this is the way ale should be brewed.

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Copper Ale IPA Dorset Gold Palmers 200 Tally Ho! The Dorset Pale

 

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