Paul Hughes
Managing Director

Paul is the man that keeps the merry bunch in control, the one with the crazy ideas, and always the man with the plan. With hospitality at the core of everything Paul does, he’s the one that can these days be found out and about talking to customers, acquaintances and the team. Paul is Mr Black Storm.

Lee Ellwood
National Sales Manager

Beers, Breweries and pubs are a huge passion of Lee’s.  He was born into a Family of publicans before starting work as one of the last apprentices at Vaux Breweries.  Lee then ran pubs across the North, before moving into Craft & Cask sales for independent brewers and now he is looking forward to helping build up the sales and profile for Black Storm. If you’re looking to stock Black Storm Beers, he’s the man to talk to.


Gordon Dickinson
Operations Manager

The man of all trades, Gordon’s diverse skillset plays a vital role for the team. 8 years’ experience of working in the beer industry at INNSERVE as one of the first-ever dispense installation technicians, has been key in the growth of Black Storm. You usually can find him driving the van, fitting a bar, in the office, or overseeing the brewery. ‘G’s ethos of ‘working with beer everyday so life can’t be that bad’, mirrors the thoughts of everyone here.

Jamie Brown
Collaboration & Distribution

A contender for our biggest beer enthusiastic, Jamie’s love of beer and expertise in the market gives us a huge advantage. The organisation of delivering our products is no mean feat, ensuring all our stockists are constantly stocked with beer. Jamie’s other role is to drive the now-famous Black Storm van nationally; from Scotland to Southampton, he really does clock up some serious miles.

Carl Hamilton
E-commerce Manager 

Carl has been a Storm Chaser since day one and was brought onboard to build and manage Black Storm’s online shop. With an eye for detail, a passion for beer and a mug of coffee he has quickly become accustomed to life in the eye of the storm, lending a hand where he can. When not behind a desk or a bar, Carl loves a long walk, a cold pint and a bowl full of chicken wings.


Adam McGill
Finance Manager 

A number cruncher at heart, Adam’s arrival into the company has been a welcome addition to Black Storm. His growing passion for craft beer has enabled the aspiring accountant to seamlessly become a crucial member of the team. Never one to shy away from taking on multiple jobs, Adam’s methods when dealing with accounts is working wonders for our fast-moving brewery.


Harrison Askew
Beerbox Newcastle Manager 

Over at Beerbox Newcastle manager Harrison is hugely passionate about craft beer – no beer is too adventurous or funky. Being from Newcastle, Harrison has a close affection towards locally produced beer, especially our own Black Storm products. If you cannot find him in the box, likelihood is that you might find him indulging in a beer somewhere in Newcastle.


Daniel Kingswood
Storm Cellar Manager

Fun and bubbly person who’s always up for a chat and drink with new people, will make anyone feel welcome, ‘my home is your home’ pop in and see Daniel for a chat, at the Storm Cellar Whitley Bay.


Thomas Truscott

An outgoing, creative marketeer who enjoys all things weird and wonderful in craft beer market. When not at work you’ll find Thomas outdoors, whether it’s playing/watching sport, walking his dog or riding his bike, either way it usually ends with a trip to the pub.

Lauren Weir
Drop Everything And Drink Manager

Drop Everything And Drink manager Lauren made the leap from Storm Cellar Whitley Bay to run her own bar in Newcastle city centre. Lauren’s steely determination to put her stamp on D.E.A.D has worked wonders since taking the position in June. Leading with a bubbly, driven style, the bar has begun to find its identity thanks to her personable character and willpower to succeed.

Adam Brewer
Head Brewer

Mr Brewer ‘yes that’s Adam’s real name’ joined us from Tyne Bank Brewery having spent a highly successful period mastering a couple of signature beers. Having joined us in August, his instant impact in producing our core and seasonal beers, and making them even better is sign of things to come. We have a talented chief amongst us that’s for sure. 



10 York Road

Whitley Bay

NE26 1AB