Tim Martin
Tim Martin
Chairman
JD Wetherspoon

The founder and chairman of Wetherspoon, Tim Martin bought his first pub in Muswell Hill in 1979, which he named Wetherspoons, after one of his teachers who told him he would never be a success. After the initial opening, the business expanded first across the north of London, and eventually the whole UK. In 1992 Wetherspoons was listed on the Stock Exchange as JD Wetherspoon plc. As of January 2023, the group had a trading estate of 843 pubs.