Alcohol Research UK is governed by an independent board of Trustees:

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis FFPH FRCP FFSEM FRCGP (Chair)


Alan_webAlan Maryon-Davis is honorary professor of public health at Kings 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_webChief 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 lead to her teaching at Birmingham University, Social Work Department with a focus on social work and poverty, social work practice, theory and methods. Whilst at Aquarius Annette has maintained her commitment to improving practice by supporting and encouraging research and evaluation across the organisation on topics such as alcohol and families, kinship carers, older people and alcohol, BME communities and alcohol and ensuring the use of evidence based practice.

Ms Helen Boaden


helen_boadenHelen was appointed Director for BBC Radio in April 2013.

She has overall responsibility for BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, and the BBC digital radio stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC 4 Extra, and Asian Network.

She also oversees the three BBC orchestras in England, the BBC Singers, and the BBC Proms; classical music & performance television, factual radio and radio drama production are all within her remit, under the Radio production department.

She is a member of the BBC’s Executive Board and is a Director of RAJAR, Digital Radio UK, UK Radioplayer

Professor Sally Dibb


Sally_webSally Dibb is Professor of Marketing and Society in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. She is also Visiting Professor 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 11 books and over 90 journal articles.

Previously Sally was an Associate Dean at Warwick Business School. She was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) Research Evaluation Framework (REF 2014) panel for Business and Management. Sally is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is on the Advisory Board at Oxford Brookes Business School and at the iMARKE research group, University of Minho, Portugal.

Mr Gareth Harkin 


Gareth Harkin 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 & 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 is currently on the board of Chris Robshaw’s Testimonial Year.


Professor Derek Heim


Derek_webDerek Heim is a Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University. As a social psychologist with an interest in health behaviours, his primary research areas concern (i) addiction and substance use and (ii) health and well-being. In these contexts, his work focuses on social, cultural and contextual influences which he investigates utilising both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

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.

Ms Valerie Jolliffe


Valerie spent ten years in corporate finance in the City, with Schroders, Cazenove and Flemings, before moving into venture capital, investing mainly in early stage, high growth businesses. She currently manages a university seedcorn fund and a number of EIS funds.

Valerie has a first class degree in engineering from Cambridge University, a diploma in Management Studies, a diploma in Charity Accounting and is a Chartered Secretary. She is also a trustee of the Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Beat (The Eating Disorders Association).

Professor John Underwood


john_webJohn Underwood is the Director of the Centre for Health Communication Research at Bucks New University and a director of Freshwater UK, a communications consultancy and media group.

John works with many NHS organisations – especially NHS mental health trusts – 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. In addition to his work at Bucks New University John holds an honorary chair at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes


Jane Frecknall-HughesJane is currently Professor of Accounting and Taxation at Hull University Business School.  After graduating from the University of Oxford, she became a chartered accountant and chartered tax consultant with KPMG, joining academia in 1992.  She has previously worked at  the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield and was appointed to a Chair in Accounting at The Open University in 2008 as Professor of Accounting, later holding the posts of Professor of Law and Head of the Open University Law School and then Professor of Revenue Law.  Her research focuses on taxation, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Dr Sarah Galvani


Sarah-GalvaniSarah is Professor of Adult Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University, England. Her research and teaching focusses on alcohol and other drug use in association with a range of social and health care issues, e.g. domestic violence, older people, sight loss and end of life care. In addition to her academic role, Sarah is a registered social worker with a practice background in adult services, particularly working with people experiencing mental distress, homeless people, and people with alcohol and other drug problems. She has led research and policy work in the UK on substance use in social work education and practice and is widely published including practice guidance, online learning, peer reviewed journals, professional magazines and books.


(F) sits on Finance and General Purposes Committee
(SR) sits on Scrutiny and Review Committee
(G) sits as an advisor (non-voting) on Grants Advisory Panel
(S) sits as an advisor (non-voting) on Studentship Committee
(D) sits on Development Advisory Panel
(N) sits on Nominations Committee