Ian Payne, MBE
Ian Payne, MBE
Chairman and founder
Stonegate Group

Ian Payne currently serves as the chairman of Stonegate Group, the business that he founded in 2010. Stonegate is the UK’s largest Pub & Bar company with 4790 sites and over 17,000 employees. Ian has over 47 years of experience in the licensed leisure sector and has held board positions with Bass Taverns Limited, Stakis plc and Ladbrokes plc. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Laurel Pub Company from its inception in May 2001 through to December 2004 and later chairman of the Bay Restaurant Group and Town & City prior to forming Stonegate in 2010. Ian started his career in the trade behind the bar of a local pub in 1973. In 2018 Mr. Payne received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the hospitality and Pub Industry.