Head of Licensing

Gill Sherratt

Role: Head of Licensing
Location: Blackburn
Direct Dial: 01254 686211

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Gill is the head of licensing at Napthens and a member of Napthens leisure sector team.  She has worked as a licensing consultant since the inception of the Licensing Act 2003 and since then been involved in every element of the licensing process, acting for a wide range of clients. Gill deals with every type of licensing application including new licences and variations and handles enforcement, mediation and negotiation.  She has extensive experience over seventeen years of appearing before licensing committees and in 2017 Gill was requested to give evidence on behalf of the trade to the House of Lords Select Committee during their review of the Licensing Act.


Gill spent five years working as a police licensing officer, so she understands how enforcement works and how to work in partnership with all authorities. That experience is invaluable when working on challenging cases, in particular where there have been problems at venues and improvements are needed.

Gill has a wealth of experience acting for all types of businesses across the hospitality and leisure sector including pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, shops, forecourts and breweries.  In 2016 Gill was awarded the “Special Services to the Industry” award from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN)


Originally from Blackburn Gill worked all of her professional life as a police officer in Rossendale and Burnley until setting up her own licensing consultancy in 2005.

Memberships and Awards

Gill has won a number of awards including:

  • 2 new business awards
  • “Special Services to the Industry” award from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) in 2016
  • Winner of the Bandaoke Award at the institute of Licensing 2011

Gill is a Member of:

  • The Institute of Licensing.
  • The British Institute of Innkeeping and has been an accredited trainer for all types of licensing qualifications for over 16 years.

More about Gill Sherratt

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Gutsy. Determined. Resourceful.

What is your proudest achievement?

Creating a successful company.BY FAR.

How do you like to relax out of work?

I love getting outdoors, cycling and walking my 3 dogs

Name your favourite:

Book: Pride & Prejudice (and anything else) by Jane Austen

Film: Wayne’s World

Music: Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Muse, Tim Minchin