William Lees-Jones, is to become sole managing director of Manchester brewer JW Lees in the new year.

The appointment sees management of the brewer pass to the sixth generation of the Lees-Jones family.

Richard Lees-Jones and Christopher Lees-Jones, currently joint managing directors alongside William Lees-Jones, will become executive chairman and executive vice chairman, respectively.

The company said: "The family and the board of directors look forward, with confidence, to the ongoing success and further developments of the business as an independent, family Brewery, rooted in the traditions of brewing good beer and running friendly pubs."