New people director for parent group of Bristol’s Butcombe craft brewer and pub business

January 22, 2024

The group behind Bristol craft brewery and pub chain Butcombe has appointed a new people director as it looks for further growth in a changing market.

Cat Moseley, pictured, takes up the role on 5 February and will replace Julia Rosamond, who is retiring on 1 March after two years in the job. 

Cat joins Jersey-headquartered Liberation Group, which has nearly 150 pubs, bars and inns across the South West and Channel Islands, from independent car retailer Motorpoint, where she held the position of chief people officer for six years.

She has an extensive career in hospitality having worked for several leading groups in the sector, including Casual Dining Group, Spirit Pub Company and Punch Taverns.

Liberation Group CEO Jonathan Lawson said: “This is an exciting time for Liberation Group and, with people at the heart of everything we do, Cat’s expertise, knowledge and strong commercial background will be instrumental in the ongoing success of our business and teams.

“I would like to also thank Julia for her support, guidance and for the tremendous impact she has made upon the culture of our business, specifically her approach towards our people, their engagement, recruitment, and development.”

Wrington-based Butcombe was launched in 1978 and acquired by Liberation in 2015, when it had 19 pubs.

It has since made a raft of acquisitions to build a 137-strong portfolio of mainly pubs with bedrooms across the South and West of England.

Butcombe’s Bristol pubs include The Cottage Inn at Baltic Wharf, The Ostrich on Lower Guinea Street and The Whitmore Tap on Whiteladies Road, named after its founder and ex-courage director Simon Whitmore, who died in 2012.

Its range of beers include Original Bitter, Underfall Lager, Golden Ale and its award-winning alcohol-free Goram IPA Zero.

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