Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

CAP is governed by a Board which consists of an independent Chair and a balanced number of trade and independent Directors.

The Chairman of CAP is:

Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having held executive and non-executive positions across the health, criminal justice, education, training and employability sectors, including the chairmanship of Drinkaware - a role which he held from 2008 to February 2014. Derek Lewis spent the first half of his career principally in Ford Motor Company and the leisure industries as CFO and then CEO of Granada Group and founder of UK Gold Television. Since then he has been involved extensively in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He was Director General of the Prison Service in England and Wales in the mid-1970s and has subsequently been chair or non-executive director of a variety of companies, principally in the health, education, training and employability sectors. These roles have been combined with six years as a trustee of the Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) and ten years on the Council of the University of Essex, latterly as Pro-Chancellor.


Miles Beale

Miles Beale joined Community Alcohol Partnerships in June 2012. Miles is the Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. Before this he was the Deputy Director for EU and international agriculture policy at the Department Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Miles was previously deputy director for European and global issues at the Cabinet Office and spent much of his early career at the Department of Communities and Local Government. Miles has worked across a broad range of public policy, including urban regeneration, drugs policy and social exclusion, and has been involved in significant negotiations at national and European level. He has also worked closely with senior Ministers in successive governments.


Independent Board Members of CAP are: 


Helen Walker - Chief Executive, TimeBank

Before joining the national volunteering charity TimeBank as Chief Executive in 2008, Helen was Director of Fundraising at SSAFA Forces Help and was previously Head of Fundraising at Hospitality Action, the benevolent association for the hospitality industry. Brought up on the Isle of Man, Helen now lives in East London. She studied for a degree and M.Phil at the London School of Economics before joining the School of Oriental and African Studies as Briefing Officer, and starting her fundraising career in the charity sector. She was inspired to work in the voluntary sector after volunteering as a Trustee of a small charity funding a school for deaf children in Tanzania. On joining TimeBank, Helen undertook a fundamental review of the organisation’s vision, mission and values to define the charity’s core direction in its second decade. During the last two years – and in a challenging economic climate for the voluntary sector - Helen’s focus has been on ensuring TimeBank’s long-term sustainability. This has been achieved by developing a comprehensive business plan, increasing the charity’s income streams and building a solid platform for the charity’s future development. TimeBank has evolved to focus on two core areas of expertise: volunteer mentoring and employee volunteering.


Matthew Golledge- Trading Standards and Coroners Manager, Reading Borough Council

Matthew is the Trading Standards and Coroners Manager at Reading Borough Council. He joined Reading in 2000 and prior to this he was the Trading Standards and Licensing Service Manager at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Matt was Chair of the Southern Branch of Trading Standards institute in 2012 and is a Director of Trading Standards South East Limited. 

Matthew has been a supporter of Community Alcohol Partnerships since setting up a pilot scheme in Reading in 2009 and now operates the first borough-wide CAP. He set up and leads on a multi-agency service to provide a late night alcohol treatment and refuge centre in Reading Town Centre. He also heads the Berkshire wide coronial service.        


Susan Morgan 

Susan has wide-ranging experience across the public sector, in education and training, local government, public sector partnership working, public audit and most recently as an Independent Director of CAP and Chair of the Board of 'Off the Record- Bath and North East Somerset.' Working initially in further education, she moved into local government at Gwent County Council in 1991 and developed county-wide training programmes and strategic partnerships in community safety. As a qualified communications professional she established and led successful teams as Head of Communications in local government and Welsh public audit. Working closely with auditors general over a number of years, she has strong skills in relationship building and governance. As an experienced performance auditor, her expertise in critical analysis and reporting have led to engagements across Europe. 

The Retailer Board Members are:


 Hardish Purewal- Licensing Manager, Tesco Stores Ltd

 Hardish has a wealth of retail experience and has worked in a number of areas over 24 years with Tesco. In the last 11 years she has been responsible for Tesco’s alcohol licence as Licensing Manager. This involves all aspects of alcohol retailing from training for the 250,000 UK staff to compliance and working with the Government Affairs team. Hardish is the Chair of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, works closely with enforcement authorities and has built excellent relationships through partnership working. 


Nick Grant – Head of Legal Services, Sainsbury's

Nick qualified as a Barrister and spent three years in independent practice before joining Sainsbury’s as a Commercial Lawyer. He now leads the company’s 28 strong legal team as they advise on the increasingly diverse range of matters affecting one of the country’s largest and most successful retailers.  Nick is well known for his innovative approach to managing the relationship with external counsel as well as for his work in shaping industry initiatives in the area of responsible retailing. As the first Chair of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group Nick led the introduction across the industry of Think 21, then Think 25, and as a Trustee of Drinkaware for 7 years helped to set up the country’s leading alcohol education charity.


Adrian Hill – Group Regional Risk Manager, Co-operative Group Ltd

After 15 years in Trading Standards within various local authorities, Adrian moved to the Co-op to manage own brand labelling, food policy and enforcement liaison. He now looks after a regional team covering all crime and compliance issues in both Food and Funeral premises.

Since 2005, Adrian has taken a leading role in the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, on behalf of the supermarket side of the off trade. He represented retail on the Home Office liaison group, with the Police and Trading Standards, and was instrumental in setting up the first Community Alcohol Partnership, in St Neots. He has also spoken about age related sales at several annual Trading Standards conferences, both in seminar and main stage sessions. Adrian is also a Director of Citizencard Ltd, bringing a retail perspective to the board of the largest PASS accredited card issuer in the UK.


James Lowman- Chief Executive; Association of Convenience Stores

James wasappointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006, since when he has grown the organisation which now represents 33,000 local shops. He joined ACS in 1997 and progressed to Public Affairs Director, running all ACS policy work including successful campaigns to preserve Sunday trading laws, to see the grocery market referred to the Competition Commission, and to support members during the transition to the Licensing Act 2003.

During his tenure as ACS Chief Executive, James has re-focused the organisation on lobbying and providing a strong voice for local shops, on advising members on impending legislation and other issues, supporting this work with a strong evidence base through a research programme and offering an industry-leading programme of events and networking opportunities. James also sits on the boards of the leading proof of age scheme CitizenCard, the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and the Association of Business Crime Partnerships

James has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.

Since 2011, CAP has been registerd as a Community Interest Company - this means that it is a social enterprise in which its activities are carried out for the benefit of the community.


Working with CAP has helped partners to engage with the licensing trade to greatly reduce the sale of alcohol to young people.

Ivan Wood
Durham Constabulary