The Portman Group has two vacancies for applicants with backgrounds in public health and licensing for its Independent Complaints Panel, the body that considers complaints under the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

The Panel comprises seven people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. To maintain the balance and experience of Panel members, of the two new vacancies one is reserved for an applicant with a public health background. The Group said it would also welcome applicants with knowledge and understanding of how insights from behavioural science are used in a public health policy context.

The second vacancy is reserved for an applicant with legal knowledge and/ or a licensing background.

Jenny Watson CBE, chairman of the Independent Complaints Panel, said: “Having a wide range of views among Panel members from a diverse range of backgrounds is crucial to our ability to fairly implement the Portman Group Codes. Panel members therefore play a key role in upholding the strict standards that are set for alcohol marketing in the UK. As such, we are looking to replace our existing Panel members with public health and licensing backgrounds. I would also like to take this opportunity to thanks our leaving members for their service over the last six years.”

John Timothy, chief executive of the Portman Group, said: “Since the start of 2011, we have introduced a system of open advertising and recruitment to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the Panel vacancies when they arise. This is a great opportunity to be part of an independent body which has the crucial job of ruling against irresponsible alcohol marketing.”

Details of the vacancies are available form the Portman Group’s website.