Miles Templeman, the former managing director of Whitbread Beer Company, has taken over from Bobby Neame as non-executive chairman of Shepherd Neame. Templeman is also non-executive chairman of Yo Sushi!, a non-executive director of Melrose and director general of the Institute of Directors. The company also elected Oliver Barnes as a director and re-elected Nigel Bunting as a director. The board also noted Malcolm Kimmins’ retirement as non-executive director of the company. When the appointment was announced last year Bobby Neame, who held the role for 35 years, said: "Miles has made an outstanding contribution to the board since his appointment in March 2002. "He has an excellent reputation within the industry and I am delighted to welcome him as my successor."