St Austell Brewery has appointed Andrew Turner, of Heineken UK, to the newly created role of managing director, beer and brands.

Turner, currently trading director with Heineken, will lead the Cornish brewer and pub operator’s beer and wholesale drinks business.

Kevin Georgel, CEO, said: “I am delighted that Andy will be joining St Austell Brewery. With almost 20 years’ experience and success gained within Heineken UK, he brings the ideal experience, talents and personality to compliment the skills of the existing team, and to lead our beer and brands division into its next exciting chapter.”

Turner said: “It’s a really exciting time to join the business. I believe St Austell Brewery is very well placed to benefit from the resurgence in consumer interest in beer, coupled with the increasing importance of authenticity and community.

The appointment comes a month after Kevin Georgel became CEO, taking over from James Staughton.