Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

For more information about CAP and for help and guidance in setting up a new scheme please contact the Head of Business, Events and Operations and/or the relevant CAP Regional Adviser for your area.

Kate Winstanley
Unit 6
Baden Place
Crosby Row
0207 089 3882
m: +44 (0)7825 155225
t: +44 (0)207 089 3882
Twitter: @CAPKateW

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
Head of Business, Events and Operations 
m: +44 (0)7825 225018
T: 0207 089 3875
Twitter: @CAPGillWalters
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 lead officer for age restricted sales and coordinated a number of successful CAPs in Kent. Gillian was previously the CAP Programme Manager and Adviser for the South East of England. 
Alan Simpson
Community Alcohol Partnerships Adviser 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

Community Alcohol Partnerships Adviser for the South West and Wales

m: 07396096687

e: [email protected]

Twitter: @CAPmattk

Matthew joined the CAP Team at the end of 2017 bringing 12 years' 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 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.  
Grahame Clarke
Community Alcohol Partnerships Adviser for Scotland
m: +44 (0)7905 705858
Grahame joined CAP in November 2020 as part of our strategy of rapid growth in Scotland. He is a retired senior police officer, having served in Strathclyde Police and Police Scotland. During a varied police career, he performed roles within the Criminal Investigation Department, Public Protection and Safer Communities. Grahame has also performed the role of Strategic MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements) Co-ordinator within South West Scotland Community Authority Justice Area. Grahame is also an experienced project management trained consultant and senior manager with strong skills around partnership working, senior engagement and the design and delivery of training, particularly within the financial sector.
Sam Patel
Communications Manager
m: +44 (0)7977144719
Sam joined CAP in 2022. She has over 20 years’ experience in communications, marketing and social media, specialising in the not-for-profit sector. Sam has worked with a wide range of charities and community interest companies to increase their profile, influence and the impact of their communications.
Our local CAP has seen significant results: there’s been a 17% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour in just two years. But it’s about more than statistics. One aspect of the CAP has had much higher aims – to change the way young people talk about and view alcohol. That’s a significant challenge given that many of our young people use alcohol as a way of creating a social identity for themselves.

Tommy Sheppard
MP for East Edinburgh

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