Mitchells & Butlers announces that Simon Burke has decided to step down as non-executive Chairman and Director of the Company. At the same time Michael Balfour has also decided to step down as a non-executive Director of the Company.

The Board has appointed Bob Ivell as interim non-executive Chairman. Bob has extensive Board experience in food and beverage companies with a particular focus on food-led, managed restaurants and pubs.

Ron Robson has been appointed to the role of non-executive Deputy Chairman. Ron is a shareholder representative of Piedmont Inc. and has been a non-executive Director on the Board since January 2010.

Mitchells & Butlers will release its Interim Management Statement as scheduled on 21 July 2011.

For further information:

Corporate Affairs:
Erik Castenskiold
0121 498 6513
James Murgatroyd (Finsbury Group)
0207 251 3801

Notes for editors:

  • Mitchells & Butlers is the leading operator of restaurants and pubs in the UK. Its leading portfolio brands includes Harvester, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Premium Country Dining Group, Crown Carveries, Sizzling Pub, Browns, Miller & Carter, Metro Professionals, All Bar One, Nicholson's, O'Neill's and Ember Inns. Further details are available at and supporting photography can be downloaded at
  • Bob Ivell has over 30 years of extensive food and beverage experience with a particular focus on food-led, managed restaurants and pubs. He is currently Senior Independent Director of Britvic plc, Chairman of David Lloyd Leisure Limited and a Board advisor to the Delphi Partnership, a corporate finance advisory firm. He was previously a main board director of S&N plc in the role of Chairman and Managing Director of the Scottish & Newcastle retail division. He has also been Chairman of Regent Inns, Chairman of Park Resorts, Managing Director of Beefeater Restaurants, one of Whitbread's pub restaurant brands and a director of The Restaurant Group.
  • Ron Robson is currently a senior executive with Tavistock Group and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Tamar Capital Partners and Group Finance Director of Kenmore, both property investment and management groups. From 2005 to 2008 he was Group Finance Director of The Belhaven Group plc, a listed pub retailing, brewing and drink distribution group. Prior to that he held a number of senior finance roles including Group Finance Director of a listed shipping and logistics group, and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.