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Drinkaware Trustees

Drinkaware's Board of Trustees are from a broad range of professional backgrounds. Read about them here.

Sir Leigh Lewis



Sir Leigh Lewis KCB has been Chair of the Drinkaware Trust since 2014. Sir Leigh had a near-40 year Civil Service career, serving latterly as the Permanent Secretary for Crime, Policing and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office and as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions. Prior to that, he was also the first Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.


Since his retirement, Sir Leigh has served as the Chair of the Government’s Bill of Rights Commission and is also Vice-Chair of The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as well as a non-executive director of Ombudsman Services.


Leigh is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Greenwich Business School and Honorary Vice-President of the homelessness charity, St. Mungo's. 

Penny Newman OBE

Finance & HR Committee


Penny has held a number of senior executive positions in the Social Enterprise sector. She 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, the fairtrade organisation Cafedirect.


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 also a trustee of Producers Direct.

Penny is a member of Drinkaware's Finance & HR Committee.

Vicki Nobles

Finance & HR Committee


Vicki held a number of senior corporate roles in the alcohol beverage industry in the UK and USA before her retirement from Diageo, where she had been Corporate Relations Director GB, in 2012.

Since then, Vicki has provided independent management consultancy services to a number of clients and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Liberty Wines Limited.

Timothy Walker

Research & Impact Committee Chair, Member of Risk & Audit Committee


Timothy has held a number of senior executive roles including Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council, 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. He was a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics and has taught at universities in the UK and United States.

Kate Morris

Finance & HR Committee Chair/Trust Treasurer


Kate is currently Finance Director at Morden College. Formerly Director of Finance & Resources at the charity Volunteering Matters, Kate has extensive experience as a leader in the voluntary sector and a finance professional. She is a qualified accountant, an associate member of CIMA. Kate is also a trustee of the Bethlem Gallery.

David Ward

Risk & Audit Committee Chair


David is currently Regulatory, Ethics and Compliance Director at Tesco PLC and has been with the retailer for over decade holding a number of roles including 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.


Charles Allen


Charles has been Arsenal Football Club PLC's Head of Marketing since 2010.  Prior to this, Charles spent 17 years at Diageo, holding a number of commercial and marketing roles and working both globally and in specific overseas markets.  Charles is a Governor at the Bedford School for Boys where he oversees the school’s marketing and external affairs strategy and has been a mentor with the Marketing Academy, developing the marketing leaders of the future, since 2014. 

Paul Wells


Paul Wells is a Director and Chairman at Charles Wells Ltd, the Bedford-based independent pub and brewing business. Paul joined the family-run company in the 1980's after training in hotel and catering and has worked in a wide variety of roles at the company spanning the brewing, retail and commercial operations. Paul has been a Council member of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) since 1998 and is a Director of the Independent Family Brewers of Britain. He is currently a Warden of the Worshipful Company of Brewers in the City and non-executive chairman of Muntons Plc.

Neil Williams


Neil Williams is Chief Digital Officer, Croydon Council, where he leads digital transformation, ICT and smart cities innovation. Formerly - Head of GOV.UK, the Government Digital Service, Neil's extensive career spans agile production for user-centred services and is a mentor to the Drinkaware Digital team. 

Dr Varuna Aluvihare


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


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 


Dr Colin Hunter 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).

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Dominic McNeill 

Independent Non-Executive Director of Drinkaware Trading Ltd.

Dominic McNeill is the independent non-executive director of Drinkaware’s trading company. Dominic has been Global Marketing Director for Nando’s Grocery International Ltd since 2012, a role from which he recently stepped down. Formerly, he worked in private equity, focusing on start-up businesses, and in senior marketing roles for Procter & Gamble in Eastern & Western Europe. He has also spent some time in Swaziland where he worked for the American NGO, Population Services International, delivering behavioural change campaigns and local interventions to help prevent the spread of HIV. In addition to his responsibilities on the trading company Board, Dominic is a co-opted member of  Drinkaware’s Marketing Advisory Group.

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