The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has promoted James Calder to chief executive.

Calder previously held the role of head of public affairs and communications and he will take up the role on July 1, replacing Mike Benner, who is leaving to become chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Calder said: “I am delighted to be appointed to lead SIBA. We all know it is an increasingly challenging environment out there for the UK’s independent brewers. But there are opportunities, too. Because of that it is ore important than ever SIBA is working well, fighting for brewers on the issues that matter and delivering genuine benefits. I am excited to take SIBA on the next step of its journey.”
SIBA chairman, Ian Fozard, said: “James is an exciting choice as successor to Mike Benner as we embark on this new phase in the organisation. He will bring youth, energy and new ideas. James has successfully led SIBA’s campaigning work on issues such as small breweries relief, deposit return schemes for drinks containers and our engagement with industry stakeholders. He’s raised the political profile of SIBA immeasurably and will bring a new perspective.”

Benner said: “Having worked closely with James over the past two years I am delighted to hand over the lead role to him as we enter a new and exciting era for the independent craft beer sector.”