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Independent Complaints Panel appoints new members

Published:  01 August, 2012

Professors Isabelle Szmigin and Roy Light have been appointed members of the Independent Complaints Panel.

The panel is the independent body that considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing made under the Portman Group's Code of Practice.

Szmigin is professor of marketing at Birmingham Business School, and her research interests lie primarily in the areas of consumer research, services, and ethical and social marketing. Light is a specialist licensing barrister based at St John's Chambers, Bristol, and is 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 Independent Complaints 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."

The panel appoints members for a fixed term of three years with the option to carry on for a second three-year term.