Wells steps down from his position after playing an instrumental role in the Government decision to protect the traditional tenancy agreements and brewery tie for family brewers - something Staughton acknowledged in a statement after taking up the post.
"Under his tenure, we have rigorously defended the tie, seen renewal of the EU Block Exemption, helped fund Jacques Borel’s campaign to reduce the VAT charged in pubs, and seen our membership grow after a previous period of decline when former members were absorbed by larger brewing concerns," he said.
Staughton, who is a descendent of the original founder of the Cornwall-based brewery, committed to supporting pubs in his new role. "My vision is to continue working with all Family Brewer members to build the cask ale category while promoting our pubs and inns through the recruitment of the industry’s leading licensees. Amongst plans for the future, the Independent Family Brewers of Britain will be playing a significant part in lobbying for the reduction of VAT on beer and food served in pubs."
The Independent Family Brewers of Britain was founded in 1993 to defend the tie and currently operates more than 4,000 UK pubs.