Penny Cook and Andy Furlong become trustees at Swanswell

23 September 2015

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, has welcomed two new members to the Board of Trustees.

The new trustees, Penny Cook and Andy Furlong, join an experienced board helping to ensure Swanswell fulfils its ambition to help people change and be happy.

Penny Cook is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and has research experience in the area of substance use. Her research has been particularly focused on alcohol, firstly at Liverpool John Moores University and now at the University of Salford where she is Professor of Public Health.

Examples of her research include gauging the public’s attitudes to the role of alcohol in society, and their beliefs about the potential effectiveness of various interventions including pricing strategies in the Big Drink Debate.

Penny said; ‘I’m looking forward to helping Swanswell achieve its aims of helping people think clearly about alcohol and drug use, working towards a society free from problem alcohol and drug misuse. I’m very impressed by Swanswell’s commitment to providing excellent services and its genuine passion for helping people to change and be happy.’

Andy Furlong is the Director of Policy and Communication at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), a professional body with over 42,000 members worldwide. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He project managed the seventh World Congress of Chemical Engineering and has been closely involved in the delivery of several major IChemE initiatives including the successful whynotchemeng careers campaign and the Chemical Engineering Matters project.

Commenting on his appointment to the Board of Trustees at Swanswell, Andy said; ‘I’m delighted that I’ll be working with such a forward-thinking and imaginative team. Swanswell’s work is helping people up and down the country to turn their lives around and raise awareness of the wider issues of problem alcohol and drug misuse within society.’

Swanswell’s Chief Executive Debbie Bannigan said; ‘I’m delighted to welcome Penny and Andy to the Board of Trustees at Swanswell. Their experience will complement the hugely talented team we already have here as we help people to change and be happy.’

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