Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We are here to help people make better choices about drinking. We are largely funded by unrestricted donations from the alcohol industry and we engage and work directly with both commercial organisations and public sector bodies. Our campaigns, tools, website and app are tailored to raise awareness of alcohol-related harms and help people change their relationship with alcohol. Our approach is evidence-based, insight-driven and collaborative.

The Role

Our current Chair, Sir Leigh Lewis, will be stepping down later this year after some seven years in the role. We are seeking a new Chair to succeed him who can help take Drinkaware through the next exciting era of its development and impact. In the role, you will provide capable and credible leadership to the Drinkaware Board and hold primary responsibility for ensuring that it has appropriate priorities, structures and governance as well as a supportive and forward-looking culture. 

The nature of Drinkaware’s work means that this is also a substantial external facing role. You will personally support our influencing activities in Whitehall, Westminster, and with government counterparts in the devolved administrations of the UK.  

The Drinkaware Board is exceptionally capable, committed and skilled. You will be someone who recognises quite how significant we are within our field and who shares our desire to increase our impact. In a changing world, you will have the instincts and experience to know how we can make our voice heard. You will have an outstanding reputation as an alliance-builder who can forge strong partnerships that build support. 

Unimpeachable integrity will be essential and you will be a positive leader and champion on our behalf, with formidable ambassadorial skills, a commitment to diversity and high strategic and intellectual acumen. Within the organisation, you will be an engaged, friendly and emotionally intelligent source of wisdom, perspective and support.  


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.