Simon Ward died peacefully at home in London on 10th December, 2015, aged 68. He is survived by wife Mandy, and sons Jonathan and Toby. He enjoyed a lifelong career in the drinks and leisure industry and will be remembered for his humour, wisdom and kindness.
Simon John Ward (1947-2015) was a businessman and lobbyist for the drinks and leisure industry who charted the decline of British brewing. He principally worked for Whitbread, from 1972 until 2001, during which period he served at various times as Strategy Director, Public Affairs Director and member of the Executive Committee. Subsequently he served as a consultant and Director of Public Affairs for the pub company, Mitchells and Butlers. Simon had extensive experience of working with Whitehall, Westminster and the UK and EU competition authorities, and from 1999 to 2004 he served on the Government’s Better Regulation Task Force. In 2007, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the All-party Parliamentary Beer Group for services to the industry. He also chaired the charity NACOA (National Association for the Children of Alcoholics) and, in 2012, co-authored a book, Government Intervention in the Brewing Industry.
He was born in Nottingham, the son of C. F. (‘Jim’) Ward and Marjorie (née Smith) in 1947. He joined Nottingham High in the Prep School and was in the main school from 1958 to 1965. He went on to the University of East Anglia. His passions included his beloved cricket and Notts CCC, the music of Eric Clapton and travelling in Italy and Spain.
(Written by Toby Ward)