Our trustees

Our trustees bring a diverse range of skills and knowledge. Find out more here.

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis FFPH FRCP FFSEM FRCGP - Chair of Trustees Alan is honorary professor of public health at King's College London and was formerly Vice-Chair of the UK Health Forum, Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and President of the Faculty of Public Health of the UK Royal Colleges of Physicians. His interests include the impacts of health policy, environments and lifestyle on health behaviours and he has been a member of a number of national advisory committees, including public health research. Alan is also a prolific writer and broadcaster on health matters.
Ms Annette Fleming - Vice Chair Annette is Chief Executive Officer of Aquarius, a charity providing alcohol, drug and gambling services. With a professional background in social work, Annette has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors and developed expertise in child protection, mental health, learning disabilities and community development. Her interest in developing social work practice led to her teaching at Birmingham University with a focus on social work and poverty, social work practice, theory and methods.
Ms Helen Boaden Helen spent 34 years at the BBC, starting in local radio and ending on the BBC Executive Board. She was an award winning radio reporter and Editor of the investigative series, File on 4. Helen left the BBC in 2017. She currently sits on the Shorenstein’s Advisory Board and is Chair of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough where the internationally renowned playwright, Alan Ayckbourn, previews all his work. Helen also sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and is on the Board of the touring theatre company, Out of Joint. She is also a trustee of Dimbleby Cancer Care.
Professor Sally Dibb Sally is Professor of Marketing and Society in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. She is also Visiting Professor at University of St Andrews and at the Open University, where previously she was Director of the Institute for Social Marketing (ISM-Open). Her research includes behaviour change projects in health, sustainability and wellbeing. She has published 12 books and over 100 journal articles. Sally is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) Research Evaluation Framework for Business and Management for REF 2021 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Dr Emily Finch MBBS, MSc, MD, FRCPsych Emily is Clinical Director at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust - Southwark, Central Acute & Addictions Operational Directorate and Clinical Director, Addictions Clinical Academic Group. She is also Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. In her role as Clinical Director of the Addictions Clinical Academic Group (CAG), Emily has responsibility for Addiction services across Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich and Wandsworth. She is currently clinical lead for the Alcohol Assertive Outreach Team and is also chair of the South Southwark Local Care Network. Emily is also responsible for quality for adult psychiatry service in Southwark and a member of the Trust Quality Centre.
Mr Gareth Harkin Gareth leads the Client Services Team at Chelsea Football Club. Responsible for the account management and retention of all hospitality accounts, his background in sport also extends to rugby, where he spent six years as Sales and Debenture Manager at Harlequins FC. Here, Gareth developed sales strategies, compèred hospitality lounges and was integral in establishing the ‘Big Game’ at Twickenham as an iconic event in the sporting calendar. During his career in sport, Gareth has established an influential network of both sportspeople and sports fans – and has served on the fundraising boards for Chris Robshaw’s Testimonial Year and the UK Delegation for the 2018 Invictus Games.
Professor Derek Heim Derek is a Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University. As a social psychologist with an interest in health behaviours, his primary research areas concern addiction and substance use and health and well-being. Derek is also Editor-in-Chief of Addiction Research and Theory, the leading outlet for research and theoretical contributions that view addictive behaviour as arising from psychological processes within the individual and the social context in which the behaviour takes place as much as from the biological effects of the psychoactive substance or activity involved.
Mr Peter Holland Peter is the Chief Executive of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness which he joined from the OPM Group where he had been Chief Executive. Before that, he was Head of Strategy and Performance at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and also worked as Director of Customer and Strategy for Personal Tax at HMRC. Peter has held a number of different roles at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ranging from working on counter-narcotics policy in Afghanistan to international intellectual property policy.
Ms Valerie Jolliffe Valerie spent ten years in corporate finance in the City before moving into venture capital, investing mainly in early stage, high growth businesses. She currently works part-time as a consultant to a number of early stage, high growth businesses. Valerie has an MA in engineering from Cambridge University, an MSc Charity Accounting and Financial Management from Cass Business School and is a Chartered Secretary. She is also a trustee of the Imperial Health Charity, Practical Action and Beat.
Professor John Underwood John is the Director of the Centre for Health Communication Research at Bucks New University and Chief Executive of Freshwater UK, a communications consultancy and media group. John works with many NHS organisations on communication and engagement issues. Much of his work involves dealing with the impact of alcohol abuse both on the healthcare system and in the wider social economy. John is a former chair of the Management Board of Catalyst, a public policy think tank associated with Lord Hattersley and was a TV news reporter and presenter with ITV, ITN and the BBC.

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