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Jeremy Allen Award 2023 – John Miley Published Date: 17/11/2023

John’s nomination cited his various roles in licensing over a career which started as early as 1973 when he started as a management trainee for the Grand Metropolitan, marking the start of 26 years working in the licensed trade, before joining Nottinghamshire Police as a civil support licensing officer and finally moving to Broxtowe Borough Council where he served for 20 years as Licensing Manager before retiring in September 2023.  Throughout his local authority career, John has been involved in countless initiatives and licensing groups, with roles including he LGA’s Policy Forum, Best Bar None, Purple Flag, BII and local licensing officer groups.  He is probably best known for his current roles as National Chair for NALEO, and Vice Chair of the IoL’s East Midlands Region.

John is the epitome of a licensing practitioner who consistently goes the extra mile.  He is a consummate professional, a friend to all and a fantastic advocate for partnership working.   John’s nomination was supported by over 16 additional endorsements from Government, local authorities, and industry representatives.

Institute of Licensing Chairman, Daniel Davies, said:

"I am delighted that John’s hard work and dedication to licensing has been formally recognised through this award.  John has been a force for good in licensing, both in his role at Broxtowe Borough Council and in his wider roles both as National Chairman for NALEO and as Regional Vice Chairman for the IoL’s East Midlands Region’.

John Miley said:

“I am honoured and humbled to receive the Jeremy Allen Award.  There were many worthy nominees and I was delighted to win. I would like to thank all of those who supported my nomination and I would like to dedicate the award to all of those that I have worked with within the licensing industry over the years.

Nominees and Finalists 2023

The other nominees and finalists for the Jeremy Allen Award 2023 were:

  • Michelle Bishop, Fenland District Council
  • Kevin Roberts, SL Consultants
  • Alexandra Maschas, Basildon Council
  • Stephanie Williams, Independent Licensing Service
  • Sally Hills, Hills Licensing Limited
  • Frank Wenzel, formerly BCP Council
  • Fraser Swift, Manchester City Council
  • Michelle Bignell, Tewkesbury Council
  • Matt Pickering, Blaby District Council


The Jeremy Allen Award was established in 2011 as an ongoing tribute to Jeremy Allen and is awarded jointly by the Institute of Licensing and Poppleston Allen Solicitors.  The annual award seeks to recognise those individuals who consistently go the extra mile in their passion and dedication to their work in licensing and related fields.

Crucially, this award is by 3rd party nomination, which in itself is a tribute to everyone nominated in that they have been put forward by colleagues in recognition and out of respect of their professionalism and achievements.

The nomination period for the 2024 Jeremy Allen Awards will run from June 2023 until early September 2024.  Subscribe to our regular updates to ensure you get our notification in June, and receive our weekly licensing news updates in the meantime.