Alcohol Research UK is registered as a charity in England and Wales (no. 1140287) and is a company limited by guarantee (no. 7462605).

Our maximum number of trustees (who are also the directors and members of the company) is fifteen and they usually meet twice a year. They are responsible for the proper governance of the charity and for setting overall strategy. Our trustees bring a diverse range of skills and knowledge to the organisation, with backgrounds in academia, the media and the public, private and voluntary sectors.

A Grants Advisory Panel, comprising experts in the alcohol field who are not trustees (they are called associates), reviews the grant applications that we receive against pre-determined criteria to decide which of them should be funded. The panel usually meets once a year but also holds ‘virtual’ meetings when ad hoc decisions are required. A separate panel considers applications for studentship grants.

A Finance and General Purposes Committee, comprising a small number of trustees, meets twice a year and has oversight of the charity’s financial and administrative affairs, including its investment fund. The day-to-day management of the investment fund is delegated to professional investment managers (currently Investec).

A Scrutiny and Review Committee has responsibility for making sure that the research we fund is both appropriate and delivers what we expect of it. The Committee also oversees our relationship with funders and other partners.

A Development Advisory Panel, comprising both trustees and associates, oversees the work of the charity in engaging new and existing donors and supporters.

A small staff team supports and advises the trustees and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Alcohol Research UK.

The following documents provide further information on our governance:


Alcohol Research UK does not fund bio-medical research. However, we are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and all AMRC members support the AMRC’s mission statement on the use of animals in research.