Leigh Lewis - Chairman 

Sir Leigh Lewis, KCB, former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, is Chair of The Drinkaware Trust and was appointed in 2014. Sir Leigh was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2005 until his retirement from the Civil Service at the end of 2010; previously he was Permanent Secretary for Crime, Policing and Counter-terrorism in the Home Office and prior to that, the first Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus. Since retiring, Sir Leigh has served as the Chair of the Government’s Bill of Rights Commission and holds non-executive appointments at Aviva UK PLC and Ombudsman Services. He is also a member of the PwC Advisory Board, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Greenwich Business School and Vice-Chair of the homelessness charity, St Mungo’s.


Penny Newman OBE 

Penny is a former Chief Executive of Accession Social Enterprise CIC, Platform 51 (now the Young Women’s Trust), the Jamie Oliver Foundation, and for 10 years, of the Fairtrade organisation Cafédirect. Penny was awarded the OBE for services to ethical business in 2008, and was appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador by the Cabinet Office in 2011. Currently, Penny is a trustee of Cafedirect Producers Foundation. Penny is a member of Drinkaware’s Finance & HR Committee.


Vicki Nobles - former Corporate Relations Director, Diageo GB

Vicki held a number of senior corporate roles in the alcohol industry in the UK and USA before her retirement from Diageo in 2012 where she had been Corporate Relations Director. As a representative on the Steering Group of the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, Vicki played a key role on the Alcohol Network. Vicki was a director of non-profit organisation, the British Brands Group and a member of the alcohol working group of ISBA, the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers. Vicki is a member of Drinkaware’s Finance & HR Committee.


Timothy Walker - chairs the Research & Impact Committee

Timothy is a former Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council. Also, previous to a role at the Financial Reporting Council, he was Director General of the Health and Safety Executive and Deputy Chairman, HM Customs and Excise. Timothy brings extensive non-executive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors and retains his membership of the research strategy committee of Prostate Cancer UK. He was a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Institute of Physics and has taught both chemistry and physics at Oxford University and in the USA. Timothy is Chair of Drinkaware’s Research & Impact Committee and a member of the Risk & Audit Committee.

Kate Morris

Kate has 20 years of experience as a finance professional, working in the retail, public and voluntary sectors and is currently Director of Finance & Resources at charity Volunteering Matters. Prior to her current role, Kate spent 10 years at the British Heart Foundation and became its Head of Group Finance in 2012. Kate is ACMA qualified. She chairs the Drinkaware Finance & HR Committee as Treasurer of the Trust and is a member of the Risk & Audit Committee.

Dr Paul Nelson - Director with public health consultancy, PHAST

A former adviser to the Department of Health, Paul is founder of public health consultancy, PHRISK, a director of Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), and most recently Managing Director of Guidepost.net, which offers technology enabled, personalised coaching for people with long term conditions. Paul is a Research Fellow with the University of Edinburgh in the Deanery of Molecular, Genetic & Population Health Sciences and is a member of Drinkaware’s Research & Impact Committee.


Dr Chris Spencer Jones - Public Health England Consultant

Christopher had a distinguished career in public health spanning 26 years. He was Director of Public Health at NHS South Birmingham for 11 years before setting up Birmingham CrossCity CCG, moving to work for Public Health England implementation of the 2012 Health & Social Care Act. Christopher played a prominent role on the BMA’s UK Public Health Committee, as West Midlands representative and Chair between 2005-2008 during which time he had a strong influence on development of public health policy in England.


David Ward - Regulatory, Ethics and Compliance Director at Tesco PLC

David is currently Regulatory, Ethics and Compliance Director at Tesco PLC and has been at Tesco for more than 10 years where prior roles include UK Legal Director, Senior Counsel and Government Affairs Manager and Head of Licensing. A qualified solicitor David’s earlier career included a number of legal roles with law firms Shearman & Sterling LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna. David is Chair of Drinkaware’s Risk & Audit Committee.