Board of Directors



David Butcher, Estates Director

David, who joined Upham in his current role in November 2011, is a chartered surveyor (MRICS) with 24 years’ experience in the pub trade.  He started his career working for MARR Taverns, a 200 pub company set up following the MMC reports. The company specialised in taking poorly run and under developed units and turning them around. He then progressed as Property Manager for Inn Business Group, which owned and operated a mixture of managed and leased pubs, which was subsequently sold to Punch Taverns Plc.

Following this, David was Head of Tenanted Trade and Property for eight years at George Gale & Co where he was responsible for the sourcing of pub acquisitions and tenants, and for running 80 leased pubs. He acquired £25 million worth of assets over a five year period, which he subsequently developed and integrated into the estate. In the latter half of his time at Gales the group was awarded Pub Company of the Year in 2004 and 2005 by the trade journal, The Publican, before being sold to Fullers for £92 million in 2006.  More recently, David co-founded the Powder Train Pub Company and was responsible for sourcing and acquiring sites, ongoing development and day to day operation of its portfolio.



Robb Harris, Finance Director

Robb, Upham’s Finance Director since October 2014, is a chartered management accountant with extensive operational and management experience in the hospitality sector. He qualified in the industry with Kraft Foods and subsequently worked in financial management roles with Tigi International, Channel 4 Television and Unilever.

In 2008 he joined Absolute Taste, a high end contract, retail and event caterer that is an autonomous part of the McLaren Group. As Finance Director, he overhauled all the financial elements and contributed to a period of significant sales expansion including winning the London 2012 Westfield Stratford tender and the creation of a wholly owned Swiss subsidiary. After three years in that role, he was appointed to head up Absolute Taste’s event business where he grew turnover from £2.6 million to £4.3 million in a two year period, more than doubling profits.


John McMillan, Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

John has over 30 years’ experience in the City predominately in Institutional Sales. In 1985, he joined Vivian Gray before transferring to the Institutional Sales desk. John moved to Hoare Govett in 1988 and subsequently worked for Kleinwort Benson, Credit Agricole and Matrix. Fascinated by the UK growth in real ale sales, he founded Upham Brewery in 2009 and ran it until 2012.