Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

CAP is governed by a Board which consists of an independent Chair and a balanced number of retail and independent Directors.

The Chairman of CAP is:

Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having held executive and non-executive positions across the health, criminal justice, education, training and employability sectors, including the chairmanship of Drinkaware - a role which he held from 2008 to February 2014. Derek Lewis spent the first half of his career principally in Ford Motor Company and the leisure industries as CFO and then CEO of Granada Group and founder of UK Gold Television. Since then he has been involved extensively in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He was Director General of the Prison Service in England and Wales in the mid-1970s and has subsequently been chair or non-executive director of a variety of companies, principally in the health, education, training and employability sectors. These roles have been combined with six years as a trustee of the Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) and ten years on the Council of the University of Essex, latterly as Pro-Chancellor.


Miles Beale

Miles Beale joined Community Alcohol Partnerships in June 2012. Miles is the Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. Before this he was the Deputy Director for EU and international agriculture policy at the Department Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Miles was previously deputy director for European and global issues at the Cabinet Office and spent much of his early career at the Department of Communities and Local Government. Miles has worked across a broad range of public policy, including urban regeneration, drugs policy and social exclusion, and has been involved in significant negotiations at national and European level. He has also worked closely with senior Ministers in successive governments.


Helen Walker - Chief Executive, TimeBank

Before joining the national volunteering charity TimeBank as Chief Executive in 2008, Helen was Director of Fundraising at SSAFA Forces Help and was previously Head of Fundraising at Hospitality Action, the benevolent association for the hospitality industry. Brought up on the Isle of Man, Helen now lives in East London. She studied for a degree and M.Phil at the London School of Economics before joining the School of Oriental and African Studies as Briefing Officer, and starting her fundraising career in the charity sector. She was inspired to work in the voluntary sector after volunteering as a Trustee of a small charity funding a school for deaf children in Tanzania. On joining TimeBank, Helen undertook a fundamental review of the organisation’s vision, mission and values to define the charity’s core direction in its second decade. During the last two years – and in a challenging economic climate for the voluntary sector - Helen’s focus has been on ensuring TimeBank’s long-term sustainability. This has been achieved by developing a comprehensive business plan, increasing the charity’s income streams and building a solid platform for the charity’s future development. TimeBank has evolved to focus on two core areas of expertise: volunteer mentoring and employee volunteering.


Matthew Golledge- Trading Standards and Coroners Manager, Reading Borough Council

Matthew is the Trading Standards and Coroners Manager at Reading Borough Council. He joined Reading in 2000 and prior to this he was the Trading Standards and Licensing Service Manager at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Matt was Chair of the Southern Branch of Trading Standards institute in 2012 and is a Director of Trading Standards South East Limited. 

Matthew has been a supporter of Community Alcohol Partnerships since setting up a pilot scheme in Reading in 2009 and now operates the first borough-wide CAP. He set up and leads on a multi-agency service to provide a late night alcohol treatment and refuge centre in Reading Town Centre. He also heads the Berkshire wide coronial service.        


Susan Morgan - Impact and Quality Manager at Wales Audit Office

Susan has wide-ranging experience across the public sector, in education and training, local government, public sector partnership working, public audit and most recently as an Independent Director of CAP and Chair of the Board of 'Off the Record- Bath and North East Somerset.' Working initially in further education, she moved into local government at Gwent County Council in 1991 and developed county-wide training programmes and strategic partnerships in community safety. As a qualified communications professional she established and led successful teams as Head of Communications in local government and Welsh public audit. Working closely with auditors general over a number of years, she has strong skills in relationship building and governance. As an experienced performance auditor, her expertise in critical analysis and reporting have led to engagements across Europe. 

Hardish Purewal- Licensing Manager, Tesco Stores Ltd

 Hardish has a wealth of retail experience and has worked in a number of areas over 24 years with Tesco. In the last 11 years she has been responsible for Tesco’s alcohol licence as Licensing Manager. This involves all aspects of alcohol retailing from training for the 250,000 UK staff to compliance and working with the Government Affairs team. Hardish is the Chair of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, works closely with enforcement authorities and has built excellent relationships through partnership working. 


James Lowman- Chief Executive; Association of Convenience Stores

James wasappointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006, since when he has grown the organisation which now represents 33,000 local shops. He joined ACS in 1997 and progressed to Public Affairs Director, running all ACS policy work including successful campaigns to preserve Sunday trading laws, to see the grocery market referred to the Competition Commission, and to support members during the transition to the Licensing Act 2003.

During his tenure as ACS Chief Executive, James has re-focused the organisation on lobbying and providing a strong voice for local shops, on advising members on impending legislation and other issues, supporting this work with a strong evidence base through a research programme and offering an industry-leading programme of events and networking opportunities. James also sits on the boards of the leading proof of age scheme CitizenCard, the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and the Association of Business Crime Partnerships

James has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.


Neil Eccles - Senior Licensing Manager (SME) at Asda Stores Ltd. 

Neil Eccles is Senior Licensing Manager (SME) at Asda Stores Ltd. He has been at Asda for 24 years, 16 years of those in stores working in a number of retail management roles including General Store Manager and working on Regional teams. Eight years ago he moved to Asda Home Office as Head of Retail Service, responsible for Customer Service in stores, the Asda Mystery Shopper programmes and Queue management in the business. The last three years have been spent as Senior Manager in the Compliance team looking after Compliance Operations, Privacy and Licensing & Permitting, including being the business owner for the Challenge 25 Policy and implementation/measurement.

Neil is also a member of the Retail Alcohol Standards Group and the Community Alcohol Partnership national liaison for Asda. In his spare time Neil is involved in Scouting, playing an active role in his local Beaver, Cub and Scout groups. He is looking forward to bringing his operational experience and understanding of young people to the CAP role.


David Looker - Retail Risk Manager, Sainsburys

David has spent 29 years in Sainsburys, 26 of these in stores working in a number of retail management roles and environments. Three years ago he moved to the Store Support Centre as the Retail Risk Manager, where as part of a wider remit he manages the age related sales process for 160,000 colleagues.

As a member of the Retail Alcohol Standards Group, he is theCommunity Alcohol Partnership national liaison for Sainsburys. This involves supporting not only Sainsburys stores in understanding their role and responsibilities within their local Community Alcohol Partnerships; but also in educating independent retailers and educative bodies. This led to him winning the inaugural National Community Champion award.

David is delighted to be joining the Board – to be able to bring his operational knowledge and experience into a strategic forum.


As Chief Executive of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute it is great to see the growth of Community Alcohol Partnerships. They are an amazing way to bring businesses, regulators and communities together to deliver lasting solutions to the issues that underage drinking has on communities and young people. One of my proudest achievements in trading standards was the establishment of the first ever Community Alcohol Partnership and I know colleagues up and down the country are equally proud of the benefits that their local schemes are bringing.

Leon Livermore
Chief Executive
Chartered Institute of Trading Standards (2015)