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The ASH Advisory Council

About the ASH Advisory Council

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a small public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. ASH was established in January 1971 by the Royal College of Physicians. We do not attack smokers or condemn smoking.

The governing body of the Charity is the Advisory Council which is made up of around 90 individuals whose activities and experiences are relevant to our work. The involvement of such people is invaluable to the work we do. The Council meets at least once a year. As ASH is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee, from a legal point of view, the Members of the Council are also the Members of the Company.

The Council has three important functions:

  • To elect the Board of Directors (who are also the Trustees of the Charity).
  • To advise the Board on important matters of policy and strategy.
  • To approve the annual accounts, receive activity reports, appoint the auditors and generally hold the Board to account for the work of ASH in the previous year.

These functions are mainly carried out at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) though, from time to time, additional meetings of the Advisory Council may take place. The AGM usually takes place during December of each year.

ASH welcomes applications to join the Advisory Council from BAME, LGBT+, women and those with disabilities.

ASH has limited resources and does not provide remuneration for either Trustees or Members of the Council. However, we welcome expressions of interest in joining the Council from suitably experienced people. If you are interested, you should send your curriculum vitae and covering letter, marked for the attention of the Company Secretary, to .

Phil Rimmer
Company Secretary