Dr Richard Piper appointed new CEO of Alcohol Research UK

Alcohol Research UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Piper as its new Chief Executive with effect from September 2017.

Richard, former Chief Executive of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, 13 of them as a director, CEO and trustee. His career includes seven years at NCVO and most recently 18 months as Director of Impact Transformation at Mencap. He is currently a trustee of the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association and the Royal College of Nurses Foundation.

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Richard as our new CEO. He has a particular strength in developing strategic vision and optimising impact and he joins us at a time of major change as we forge a new way forward following the successful merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern.”

Commenting on his appointment, Richard Piper, said:

“I am delighted to be joining this major new force in the charity sector, created by the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern. The task facing us is huge. Alcohol harm costs the UK around £21bn a year and damages millions of lives, with alcohol a causal factor in over 60 medical conditions.

“I am excited to be joining an amazing team and I look forward to working collaboratively with Government and colleagues across the sector to end the harmful effects of alcohol misuse.”

Dave Roberts will be stepping down after eight years as CEO of Alcohol Research UK and its predecessor body the Alcohol Education & Research Council (AERC).

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis said:

“The trustees and I would like to thank Dave for his truly transformative contribution – particularly in establishing the organisation as an independent charity in 2010, overseeing our recent merger, and managing our move to larger premises near King’s Cross. He will be leaving us with a great foundation on which to build both strategically and operationally and we would like to take this opportunity to wish him well for the future.”


Notes to Editors

1. Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern merged in April 2017 to form a new stronger organisation with a combined mission to reduce the harms caused by alcohol.

2. Alcohol Research UK works to reduce levels of alcohol-related harm by ensuring that policy and practice can always be developed on the basis of research-based evidence. It is a lead funder of high quality research into the causes, impact and prevention of alcohol-related harm and the only organisation exclusively dedicated to building an evidence base in this area.

For more information visit: www.alcoholresearchuk.org

3. Alcohol Concern works throughout England and Wales towards our vision of a world where alcohol does no harm. We help people through information, advice and guidance; help professionals through training, projects and research; and help all of us through campaigns to challenge the drinking culture in our country.

For more information visit: www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

For more on the effects of alcohol harm, visit: www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/alcohol-statistics