Advisory panels

Our grants programme is overseen by an independent Expert Advisory Panel consisting of experts from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Our Experts by Experience Panel supports our grants programme through its commitment to public involvement.

Expert Advisory Panel

Our Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) provides us with a pool of people with a range of skills, knowledge and experience who can contribute to the organisation’s activity on research, policy, information and advice, behaviour change challenges, alcohol treatment and our broader strategy.

The EAP is designed to ensure that Alcohol Change UK stays at the cutting edge of its field, keeping its knowledge levels high despite a small staff team.

The EAP will also enable the charity to retain its high standards of grant-making and its commitment to public involvement.

Members of the EAP:

  • Peer review grant applications and make recommendations as to whether they should be shortlisted by checking the relevance of the proposed topic, ensuring there is adequate public involvement in projects, and assessing the potential impact of the research
  • Contribute to setting research and policy priorities
  • Contribute to the communication of the charity’s research activity and findings
  • Advise us on our policy positions
  • Advise on the advice and information about alcohol that the charity publishes for the public
  • Advise us on our other work areas as needed, such as our behaviour change challenges, workplaces consultancy, work in the treatment field, and our events

Current membership of the EAP

Ms Claire BrownEditor, Drink and Drug News
Professor Simon CoultonProfessor for Health Service Research
Centre for Health Service Studies
University of Kent
Dr Matt EganAssociate Professor
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Qulsom FazilLecturer
University of Birmingham
Professor Matt FieldProfessor of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Professor Elizabeth GilchristInstitute of Health and Society
University of Worcester
Mr Ian HamiltonLecturer in Health Sciences
University of York
Professor Elizabeth HughesUniversity of Huddersfield and South West Yorkshire Partnership
Dr S Vittal KatikireddiSenior Clinical Research Fellow
University of Glasgow
Dr Hilda LaughranAssociate Professor in the School of Social Policy
Social Work and Social Justice
University College, Dublin
Professor Dorothy Newbury-BirchProfessor of Alcohol and Public Health Research
Teesside University
Dr Jeremy SegrottResearch Fellow in Public Health
DECIPHer Centre, Cardiff University

Experts by Experience Panel

The Experts by Experience Panellists are individuals who have experienced alcohol harm, either directly or indirectly, or who have experience in the delivery of alcohol services.

Panel members help with the shortlisting of research proposals by ensuring there is a demonstrable commitment to public involvement, checking the relevance of the application for those who are affected by alcohol harm, and assessing the potential impact of the project.

The Panel also feeds into research priority setting, and helps Alcohol Change UK identify themes for future funding calls.