Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

NBSS Coordinator

Steve Barber

Branch Beer Scoring Scheme (NBSS) Coordinator Role Description

- This role description is only a guideline and each branch may require something slightly different

Purpose of the role

- To generate and maintain on behalf of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) a listing of ALL NBSS scores submitted either manually or electronically received from members, regarding the licensed premises serving Real Ale, Cider or Perry within the branch boundaries. Therefore ensuring the best possible information is provided to the Branch when deliberating the annual Good Beer - Guide and other nominations.

Key Activities

- To work with the Pubs Database Coordinator to ensure that all branch licensed premises information is uploaded to WhatPub and are kept up to date.

- Download scores when required and produce the data in a format that ensures the Branch has information to assist in making nominations for the Good Beer Guide, Pub of the Year etc.

- With the Branch Chairman, promote beer scoring at Branch meetings and through the medium of Branch newsletters etc.

- If agreed by the Branch, develop and get approval for a method for using scores to determine Good Beer Guide eligibility (eg based on number of scores, number of surveyors, acceptable range of scores etc).

- To act as the Branch contact to liaise with the regional database coordinator (Simon Wiseman / Brett Laniosh).

Code of conduct

- To refrain from putting forward any personal points of view within the data provided that is against CAMRA's policy or might bring the Campaign into disrepute.

Time commitment

- This role can take up as much time as you are prepared to give.  2 hours a month is probably a minimum except at key times, which could be the quarterly Branch download or Good Beer Guide selection meetings for example, when a higher level of commitment might be required.

- Regular attendance at local branch meetings is useful. 


- Good writing skills

- Good interpersonal skills

- Access to a computer and the internet

- A working knowledge of MS Excel or similar.


- Support is available from

- Advice and guidance on the practicalities regarding the delivery of the role are available from Branch committee members and where appropriate, people who have previously held the post. 

- The Campaigner will run articles on best practice, hints and tips from other branches from time to time. If you can sign up by emailing: ku.gro.armac@pihsrebmem, including your membership number and email address.

- A discussion group for this project can be joined by sending an email with your Branch and membership number

- The background on the Scheme can be found at: