ASH and Spokespeople

Our experienced and expert spokespeople can provide comment and background information on breaking stories 365 days of the year, 24/7. Please contact ASH on 020 7404 0242. We have access to an ISDN line.

DeborahAsDeborah Arnott
chief executive is a recognised international expert on tobacco control and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.She has an MBA from Cranfield, is an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group. She was awarded the Alwyn Smith prize in 2007 by the Faculty of Public Health for her outstanding contribution to public health.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) was established in 1971 by the Royal College of Physicians. It is a public health charity which works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. The organisation is headed by chief executive Deborah Arnott and governed by a Board of Trustees. The Duke of Gloucester is the patron.

ASH also provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health.

ASH is globally recognised for its success in effectively campaigning for workable and evidence based policies and has played a pivotal role in the campaign for a number of policy measures including smokefree legislation and standardised packaging.

ASH also worked to secure the success of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and in 2011 was awarded the prestigious WHO World No Tobacco Day medal. In 2012 ASH was awarded the Luther L. Terry Award for outstanding organisations by the American Cancer Society.

ASH co-ordinates the Smokefree Action Coalition and is a member of the Smokefree Partnership and the Framework Convention Alliance.

For more information see our accounts and annual reports.

HazelCsHazel Cheeseman
director of policy has worked across health and social care policy in the UK and abroad. She currently manages ASH’s policy development work. With a background in health and housing policy Hazel has particular expertise in local government and the delivery of policy at a local level.Hazel regularly speaks at conferences on a range of topics including, local tobacco control, tobacco harm reduction, electronic cigarettes and health inequalities.
AmandaSsAmanda Sandford
information manager is the Information Manager at ASH. She manages ASH’s information department and website and is a spokesperson for the organisation. She has worked in tobacco control for over 20 years.Amanda is frequently called on to provide information and policy to journalists, health professionals and the wider public. She writes articles for publication in the consumer and health press.