11 October 2011
Baroness Helen Newlove Chair of Community Alcohol Partnerships, an industry-funded project set up to tackle underage drinking, has welcomed the appointment of 8 senior independent and retail members to serve on the management board.
Joining Baroness Newlove will be Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Denis O’Connor, addiction charity Addaction’s Chief Executive Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of volunteering charity vinspired Terry Ryall and Trading Standards Institute board member Nikki Pasek MBE.
The board will also include retailing representatives John McLaughlin (Tesco’s), Shane Brennan (Association of Convenience Stores), Adrian Hill (Co-op) and Nick Grant (Sainsbury’s).
Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) have been officially instated as a Community Interest Company and will be holding its inaugural board meeting on the 10th October. The board will be tasked with expanding both the number and scope of the Partnerships in the UK following on from an injection of funding from alcohol retailers and, for the first time, alcohol producers.
Commenting on the appointment, Baroness Helen Newlove said:
“I’m delighted with the appointment of our new board members, who bring such wealth of experience at the highest levels of retail, the police, trading standards and the charity and voluntary sectors.”
“The commitment of such impressive ‘big hitters’ in their fields signals our determination that we mean business – we are determined to swiftly deal with the formidable range of issues that we face. Be in no doubt that we shall do it.”
“We have ambitious plans to develop and expand CAPs to tackle the problem of underage drinking in our communities and I am confident we now have the right people to help us do this.”
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NOTES TO EDTIORS
Community Alcohol Partnerships
The CAP model was developed by the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG), a committee of high street off-trade alcohol retailers who work to promote the responsible retailing of alcohol and to reduce underage alcohol sales. CAPs aim to tackle underage drinking through co-operation between alcohol retailers and local stakeholders, such as Trading Standards, police, local authority licensing teams, schools and health networks.
The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group
The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) is a committee of high street off-trade alcohol retailers who meet to exchange best practice in the responsible retailing of alcohol. RASG has led work on projects such as Challenge 25 and Community Alcohol Partnerships.
The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits. We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad. We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.
Members of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group Include
Association of Convenience Stores
Aldi Stores Ltd
Asda Stores Ltd
Bargain Booze Limited
British Retail Consortium
Co-operative Group Ltd
Marks & Spencer plc
Musgrave Budgens Londis
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
One Stop Stores Limited
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd,
Tesco Stores Ltd
Supporting Partners Include