New chairperson of Scotch Whisky Action Fund announced
09 Jul 2014
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund, which extends the SWA's
commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible
drinking, will give a total of £100,000 each year from 2014 to 2018
to projects working to reduce harm in Scotland. It is managed by
Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.
Its first chair, Professor Dame Joan Stringer is a British
political scientist whose career has spanned over 30 years in
higher education, most recently as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of
Edinburgh Napier University. She was the first woman
appointed to lead a Scottish University. She is a champion of
widening access and equality and the internationalisation of
Dame Joan has held many appointments outside academia including
chair of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission Working group
(1998-99), The Secretary of State's Consultative Steering Group on
the Scottish Parliament, and lay member of the Judicial
Appointments Board for Scotland (2002-07).
She currently holds a range of non-executive board appointments
and is also senior higher education adviser to the British
In 2001 she was awarded a CBE for services to higher education
and in 2009 was made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
She is an Honorary Citizen of Shandong Province, China.
Dame Joan said: "I believe the Scotch Whisky Action Fund will
have a vital part to play in tackling alcohol-related harm across
Scotland. There are many innovative projects which will
benefit from the fund and I am committed to having an active role
in its development and spreading the word across Scotland."
David Frost, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association,
said: "We are delighted that someone of Professor Dame Joan
Stringer's standing and experience has agreed to become the
independent chair of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. Alcohol
brings a range of benefits to Scottish society and economy, but we
realise there is a problem with misuse that must be tackled. The
fund, with Dame Joan as a driving force behind it, will help in the
fight against misuse."
The fund will invest in projects from charities and other
organisations that work to reduce the impact of alcohol-related
harm in Scotland's communities. The first projects chosen by the
awards panel to be supported by the fund will be announced
With media enquiries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA
communications manager on 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email
For more information on the Scotch Whisky Action Fund visit