Drinkaware welcomes new trustees and non-executive director

Date Published

10th January 2019




The new appointments bring the number of Drinkaware's board members to 12 under the leadership of Chair, Sir Leigh Lewis.

The new trustees were appointed following an open recruitment process and bring with them a wide range of experience in medicine, marketing and finance.

Dr Varuna Aluvihare has been the Consultant Transplant Hepatologist and Hepatology Transplant lead at one of the world’s largest clinical-academic liver centres, The Institute of Liver Studies, Kings College Hospital since 2006. Dr Aluvihare’s research focusses on liver regeneration, immune dysfunction and cancer biology. He was the recipient of Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellowships at the world renowned MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge and has a body of academic publications to his name. He regularly appears on national and local media discussing public health issues relating to liver disease.

Marc Dench has been Chief Financial Officer at the premium lifestyle clothing, homeware and accessories brand, Joules Group plc, since 2015. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of Walgreen Boots Allliance’s International Retail & Global Consumer Brands division. Marc has also previously held several senior financial and corporate development positions at Alliance Boots, Homeserve, Experian and Freeserve plc. Marc is a chartered accountant and has an MBA from Sauder Business School.

Dr Colin Hunter OBE has recently retired from practice in Skene, Aberdeenshire where he had been a GP for 33 years. Colin was a member of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners for 23 years and concluded six years as the Chair of Trustees of the College in November 2018. He is currently a Trustee for Leonard Cheshire Disability where he chairs the People Committee and a Governor of Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen. His past roles include the National Coordinator for Primary Care in NHS Education Scotland and the Chair of the Independent Quality and Outcomes Advisory Committee for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Drinkaware is delighted to also be confirming the appointment of an independent Non-Executive Director to the charity’s new trading subsidiary.

Dominic McNeill has been Global Marketing Director for Nando’s Grocery since 2012. Prior to this he worked in Private Equity, focused on start-up businesses, and for Procter & Gamble, marketing leading brands across Eastern & Western Europe. He has also spent some time in Swaziland working for the American NGO, PSI (Population Services International), on behavioural change campaigns targeted at HIV prevention.

The charity is also announcing that after more than 4 years, Director of Business Development and Partnerships Rommel Moseley will be leaving the organisation on 1st March 2019 to join the Thomson Reuters Foundation as Global Development Director. During his tenure, Rommel has transformed the charity’s relationships with funders and created a Business Development & Partnership agenda, and team, to be proud of.

Commenting, Sir Leigh Lewis, Chair of the Drinkaware Board of Trustees said:

“It gives me great pleasure to be welcoming three new trustees and a Non-Executive Director to Drinkaware.

“They will each bring a wealth of experience to our mission of reducing alcohol related harm and their wide range of skills and knowledge will enhance the Board’s breadth and independence.

“We are very much looking forward to working with them all.

“We would also like to extend our thanks and very best wishes to Rommel Moseley as he departs Drinkaware.”