The British Beer & Pub Association has appointed a new head of brewing.

Andy Tighe will be the trade body's new director of brewing, following current director Dr David Long's decision to retire after nearly 15 years in the post and 29 years with the organisation.

Tighe, who takes up the post this week, is the current deputy director and will continue to be advised by Long for the next few months.

In recent years, Tighe has played a key role in formulating the group's taxation policy and annual Budget submission, as well as leading on beer duty operations and supply chain issues, said the body.

He also manages the UK brewing industry's Climate Change Agreement.

In December, the British Beer & Pub Association complained that the UK Government was implementing a "stealth tax" on the sector.