JD Wetherspoon has appointed four employees to the new role of director after it was felt that the company would benefit from having more pub experience at its board level.
The appointments are effective from 20 December 2021 and have been made for an initial three-year term.
One of the employee directors is Debbie Whittingham who is regional manager for the West Midlands.
She joined Wetherspoon as a shift manager in 1992 and was appointed as a pub manager in 1993 and as an area manager in 2002.
Hudson Simmons also joins as a director, he is the area manager for Sheffield. Hudson joined Wetherspoon as a shift manager in 1997, was appointed as a pub manager in 2003 and as an area manager in 2014.
In addition, both Emma Gibson and Will Fotheringham were appointed associate employee directors. Fotheringham is regional manager for the Manchester area. He joined Wetherspoon as a shift manager in 1998 and was appointed as a pub manager in 2000 and as an area manager in 2006.
Gibson is pub manager of the Imperial, Exeter. She joined Wetherspoon as a bar associate in 2004 and was appointed as a pub manager in 2010.
Tim Martin, chairman, JD Wetherspoon, said: “The appointment of employee directors will extend this approach to board meetings and will help to preserve the culture of the company for the future.
“Wetherspoon is pleased to welcome Debbie, Hudson, Will and Emma to their new roles.”