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Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive

Deborah 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.

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Hazel Cheeseman

Deputy Chief Executive

Hazel 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 also co-ordinates two coalitions dedicated to addressing the health inequalities caused by smoking; The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group and the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership.

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About ASH

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.