Two new members join Independent Alcohol Complaints Panel

01 August, 2012

A professor of marketing and a specialist licensing barrister have joined the Independent Complaints Panel.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin and Professor Roy Light have been have been appointed to the independent body which considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing after a “competitive recruitment process”.

Szmigin is professor of marketing at Birmingham Business School, and her research interests lie primarily in the areas of consumer research, services, ethical and social marketing.

Light is a licensing barrister based at St John’s Chambers, Bristol, and a professor emeritus at Bristol Law School. 

He has researched, written and practiced on alcohol-related matters for 30 years.

Sir Richard Tilt, chairman of the panel, said: “Isabelle and Roy will bring a great depth of experience to the Independent Complaints Panel in terms of their research and legal backgrounds.

“Panel members play a key role in upholding the strict standards that are set for alcohol marketing in the UK and it is important that we have a diverse membership to consider complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing and promotions.”

Each appointment is for a fixed term of three years with the option to carry on for a second three-year term. 




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