Scott Waddington was born and educated in Swansea, followed by study at Reading University (Economics and Accounting Degree). He has spent the majority of his career in the hospitality sector, specifically in drinks marketing and pub retailing working with businesses including Bass, Carlsberg and Century Inns.
He joined the privately owned Welsh brewer and pub company, SA Brain as Chief Executive in 2001. Following a review of corporate strategy, the Brains brand was repositioned, investment in the pub estate was increased and the drinks distribution business was expanded through acquisition across Wales. Brains now have a total of 240 pubs as well as a brewing and brands business. In 2011, Brains acquired the Coffee#1 chain of high street coffee stores which it is now expanding into new locations across Wales, the South and Central England.
Scott was Chair of the CBI for Wales during 2010 and 2011. He has been Wales Commissioner to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from April 2012 and Chairs the Wales Employment and Skills Board (WESB). Scott also sits on various hospitality industry bodies including the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB)