Butcombe Brewery has announced Geraint Williams as its new managing director, replacing Guy Newell, who will retire in the autumn.

Williams has spent the past ten years at Carlsberg UK, where he is currently national account manager. He is very familiar with Butcombe and owner Liberation Group’s Channel Island business, having managed the company’s account for the past six years.

He will take on responsibility for Butcombe’s sales, distribution and brewing operations in the UK.

Mark Crowther, chief executive of Liberation Group, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Geraint into my senior management team, to help us drive forward with our longer term ambitions in the UK. I must also pay tribute to Guy Newell, Guy has made an enormous contribution to Butcombe Brewery and to the wider industry and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Earlier this year the company announced the appointment of Stuart Howe as director of brewing.