Charles Wells has announced that the current managing director of its pub arm Anthony Wallis is to focus solely on its French pub business John Bull Pub Company, with plans to grow from seven to 20 sites within five years. Peter Wells, currently sales and marketing director of Charles Wells Pub Company, will replace him when Wallis starts his new role on 1 October. In a statement, the company said: “Anthony will have responsibility for driving growth and putting in place the infrastructure to grow the business from seven to 20 pubs within five years. “This complements the business’ ambitions to double export sales over the same period through Wells and Young’s Brewing Company, whose core export brands are in double digit growth.” John Bull Pub Company runs managed houses in France in the style of traditional English pubs, focusing on English beers, pub games and other traditional features. It currently has seven pubs – the Bombardier in Paris; the Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes in Bordeaux; The London Town and George & Dragon in Toulouse; and the Shakespeare and Robin Hood in Montpellier. Charles Wells chief executive Paul Wells said: “Anthony has been an inspirational leader and established Charles Wells as the top regional brewery pub company with a strong focus on customer support. His experience will be invaluable to John Bull Pub Company as we target an ambitious expansion plan and I’m sure he’ll make an immediate impact when he takes on the role full-time. “In Peter Wells, we’re fortunate to have appointed a creative and collaborative managing director for Charles Wells Pub Company. "His vision for working with licensees to develop profitable and sustainable businesses will be the foundation for our five year growth strategy and I think we have a very exciting period of development ahead of us with Peter at the helm.”