New members for CAP board

Eight new members have joined the board overseeing the roll-out of Community Alcohol Partnerships around the country.

Tesco senior counsel John McLaughlin, the Co-op’s national diligence manager Adrian Hill, Sainsbury’s general counsel Nick Grant and Shane Brennan of the Association of Convenience Stores are representing retail, while chief inspector of constabulary Sir Denis O’Connor, addiction charity Addaction’s chief executive Simon Antrobus, volunteering charity Vinspired’s chief executive Terry Ryall and Nikki Pasek, a member of the Trading Standards Institute board, will also join the board.

The CAP scheme has been officially instated as a community interest company, which held its first board meeting yesterday (October 10). It is tasked with expanding the number and scope of the partnerships following on from a cash injection from alcohol retailers and, for the first time, alcohol producers.

Chair 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 under-age drinking in our communities and I am confident we now have the right people to help us do this.”

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