The SWA set up the fund last year

The SWA set up the fund last year

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed the first chairperson of its alcohol-harm charity, the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.

Dame Joan Stringer, a former principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh's Napier University, has taken on the roll from today (9 July), the SWA said. The action fund was set up last year and will give GBP100,000 (US$171,000) each year from 2014 to 2018 to projects working to reduce alcohol misuse in Scotland.

Dame Stringer, the first woman to lead a Scottish university when she joined Napier in 2003, currently holds a range of non-executive board appointments and is also senior higher education adviser to the British Council. She is an honorary citizen of Shandong Province, China.

“We are delighted that someone of Professor Dame Joan Stringer’s standing and experience has agreed to become the independent chair of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund,” SWA's chief executive, David Frost, said.

The fund is managed by independent charity Foundation Scotland.