Community Alcohol Partnerships has named Derek Lewis, former chair of the Drinkaware Trust, as its new chair.

CAP brings together retailers, licensees, trading standards, police, health services, education providers and other stakeholders to tackle under-age drinking in more than 60 communities around the country.

Lewis is to head the organisation as it prepares to expand rapidly into more communities where under-age drinking is a problem.

He will take the body’s reins from Baroness Newlove of Warrington, who led CAP for most of its first three years.

She said: “It has been a privilege to lead the Community Alcohol Partnerships programme. In that time, CAP has become an established and proven solution to reducing under-age drinking and associated harm to local communities. Derek Lewis is well qualified to lead the growth of CAP at this exciting time and I wish him every success in this important role.”

Lewis responded:“I am delighted to have been appointed as the new chair of CAP and am very much looking to working with the CAP board to oversee the next phase in the development of this impressive and important initiative. 

“Collaborative working between a wide range of local stakeholders with a clear focus on shared aims and objectives is at the heart of the success of CAP. I want to help CAP to build on its impressive track record and harness its full potential to improve communities up and down the country that are blighted by under-age drinking and its consequences.”

CAP chief executive Miles Beale said: “I am delighted that Derek Lewis will join CAP at this crucial moment in its development. His experience and knowledge will be vitally useful in shaping CAP’s future plans and ambitions. 

“CAP has proven highly successful and has been ahead of its time by delivering local, tailored solutions delivered by empowered and supported community partners. CAP is already working with Local Alcohol Action Areas and continues to work to support other areas of the UK where there is evidence of an under-age drinking problem, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”