Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships


For more information about CAP and for help and guidance in setting up a new scheme please contact the CAP Programme Manager and/or the relevant CAP Regional Adviser for your area.

Kate Winstanley
Community Alcohol Partnerships
39-45 Bermondsey Street
0207 089 3882
m: +44 (0)7825 155225
t: +44 (0)207 089 3882
Twitter: @CAPUKTweets

Kate took up the post of Director of CAP in 2014. She has over 25 years’ experience working within senior management roles on alcohol harm reduction projects in the UK. Previous roles include Head of Policy and Information at The Portman Group, Director of Campaigns at Drinkaware and Director of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS). Kate has a degree in modern languages and a postgraduate diploma in marketing. She is married and has two daughters. 

Gillian Walters
Community Alcohol Partnerships Programme Manager
CAP Adviser responsible for South East England
m: +44 (0)7825 225018
T: 0207 089 3875
Twitter: @CAP GillWalters
Gillian joined CAP in 2014 following a nine year background in Trading Standards; she has a Degree in Social Policy and a Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards. During her time at Trading Standards, Gillian was the joint number one officer for age restricted sales and coordinated a number of successful CAPs in Kent. She has experience in developing and maintaining multi-agency partnerships in local communities.
Alan Simpson
Community Alcohol Partnerships Adviser responsible for North East and East England
m: +44 (0)777 2471158
Twitter: @CAPAlanSimpson

Alan Simpson joined the team after serving 32 years in the Police Service where he achieved the rank of A/Ch. Inspector. He was a member of the national Major Disaster Advisory Team and lead Disaster Victim Identification Teams in a number of national and international disasters involving loss of life . Upon his retirement, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement in Policing Award. He also held a written mandate from the Chief Constable to make decisions on his behalf in relation to specific projects.

Alan has experience of writing policies and procedures, is a qualified trainer, and has worked with the Home Office on a number of national projects. Over the years, Alan has built up a great deal of experience in combating community issues through partnership working. Prior to joining the team, Alan was responsible for managing the very successful CAP project in Barnsley that won the prestigious County Partnership Award in 2012.


Matthew Knight

Regional Adviser for the South West and Wales

m: 07396096687

e: [email protected]

Matthew joined the CAP Team at the end of 2017 bringing 12 years of experience working within Local Government. This work included time within Community Safety and Trading Standards. During this time Matthew was also responsible for launching the Reading CAP, the largest single CAP across the UK. Matthew's passion to improve Alcohol Retail Standards across the borough led him to receive two CAP Awards and ended with a successful independent evaluation. He has led a number of other successful Alcohol Awareness Initiatives and continues within his innovative approach to project management.
Jayne Boote 
Community Alcohol Partnershsips Adviser responsible for the North West 
m: +44 (0)7813 908646
Twitter @CAPJayneB
Jayne joined CAP in February 2015 and has almost 20 years’ experience working with housing associations to develop and deliver resident engagement, community development and service improvements. She has worked with communities, partner agencies and Government departments to deliver a range of innovative initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour and has extensive experience of establishing and facilitating partnerships with a range of agencies. Jayne is also a qualified trainer.  
Julia Shipston
Communications Manager
m: +44 (0)7713 163003
Julia joined CAP in 2016. She has over 20 years’ experience in communications, marketing and social media, specialising in the not-for-profit sector. Following 10 years in a senior communications role at the BBC, Julia has worked with a wide range of charities and community interest companies to increase their profile, influence and the impact of their communications.
The Reading Community Alcohol Partnership is clearly very active around the town and it’s good to hear that its multi-agency approach is aiming to tackle underage drinking through direct engagement with young people, enforcing the law with regard to underage consumption and proxy purchasing, and maintaining a constructive dialogue with businesses and retailers.

Rob Wilson MP
Reading East

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