The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its new chief executive, three months after Mike Benner left the post.

Tim Page, the former chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and national director of homeless charity Emmaus UK, will take up the £75,000-a-year position on 1 November.

Page said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining CAMRA as chief executive and look forward to meeting the volunteers when I start work in November. The campaign has an outstanding reputation which appears to me to be the result of its large membership, its huge number of hard-working and committed volunteers and its highly-competent and professional team of employees. My aim is to continue to develop CAMRA as both the universally-recognised representative and the most-authoritative voice of real ale drinkers and pub-goers in the UK.”

Page succeeds Benner, who left to become managing director at the Society of Independent Brewers at the beginning of June.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s national chairman said: “CAMRA are very pleased to welcome Tim Page as our new chief executive and look forward to seeing him further cement CAMRA’s place as the voice of beer drinkers within the beer and pub industry.”