Meet our people

Ei Group has around 600 talented people totally committed to ensuring our publicans receive outstanding support, advice, service and products to run a successful pub business. Here you will find information on some of the key roles in our business.

Paul Vavasour

Senior Regional Manager

I have always been involved in retailing, sales and marketing  throughout my career and have gained two post-graduate diplomas along the way, one in Retail Marketing, the other in Multi-Unit Leadership in 2012. This has given me a more rounded knowledge of the industry and how to take a pub from being good to great!

I have been lucky enough to work for companies such as Allied Lyons, Carlsberg, Punch Taverns and Greene King but relished the opportunity to join Ei Group who are the largest pub co in the UK. Although I have worked in a variety of positions, managing large and smaller teams, I realised I prefer the daily contact between retailers and myself. So, I now run an area of 45 sites in the Worcester, Evesham and Tewkesbury areas recruiting the right retailers for the right pubs – with the right offer.

Even though I am experienced in the trade, I completed an intensive induction programme which updated my skills and provided me with the right tools to do the job effectively. In fact I have always been passionate about training, as in my experience, more prospective tenants who complete training courses are successful, than those who aren't.

Finally, I take pride in my pubs, my retailers and want them to be succeed – so if you're looking for a pub…

Ben Jones

Head of Developments for Ei Managed Investments and Ei Commercial Properties

I’ve been involved with the Pub Industry for twenty four years in both managed and leased and tenanted roles.

I love the unique part that licensed properties play in our everyday lives including the way that they constantly re-invent themselves to provide what the customer wants.

There are two keys facets to my role, the first being as client liaison with experienced operators to help them develop a portfolio of properties that can deliver their unique and successful retail offer through the use of strategic capital investments. Secondly to ensure that we continually develop and find new uses for our growing commercial free of tie and non-licensed property estate nationally.

Both these are areas of key focus to Ei Group as it continues to evolve. The role is exciting, challenging and hugely rewarding.

I’m working with great people and great properties ensuring that we both protect our assets and future proof them at the same time.

Ian Menhinick

Project Manager

I have worked in the retail and leisure sector for over 20 years as a Project Manager, a Property Manager, and as a Consultant, before joining Ei Group in 2014.

My current role is to deliver the capital investment requirements of the Bermondsey Pub Company.  This principally involves refurbishment and conversion of pubs to meet the high standards and exceptional features of the Bermondsey Pub Company, but also includes roll-out of project investment initiatives across the group, developing and implementing planned maintenance programmes and managing significant reactive maintenance issues and trends.

The core requirements of my role are to ensure that all investments are carried out to agreed timescales, budgets and to the highest possible standards of design and workmanship.  I work with an excellent internal team of Operators and service providers ensuring that their requirements and expectations of the projects and investments are understood, interpreted, challenged where necessary, agreed and ultimately delivered.  I work with teams of contractors, consultants and suppliers to ensure that we have the right people working in the right way, clear in their understanding of what is required, to deliver these investments successfully.

Sarah Squires

Lettings Team Manager

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I have worked for the Ei Group Recruitment Team for nearly two years and thrive on the diversity; there are so many different elements to the role that no two days are the same.

The most rewarding aspect of my job and what I look forward to most every day is the fact that I get to speak to some really great people with such impressive ideas for a pub business that you actually get excited for them! Hearing their aspirations and plans to create a flourishing and successful new venture is inspiring, their passion for the trade and enthusiasm to succeed is remarkable.

I love that I am a part of their journey and get to provide a potential publican with support from the first initial enquiry call, right up until they sign their agreement to start their exciting new future. As well as the applicant, I also assist the Divisional Letting Managers with the letting process and ensure a high level of customer service to all parties involved. I feel this is imperative to guarantee excellent communication throughout so everyone feels at ease and informed.

Whether my day consists of writing letting details for the website, organising a recruitment event or assisting someone find their dream pub business, I know that there will always be something that makes that day totally worthwhile.​​