Portman Group chairman Seymour Fortescue has been booked to speak at an event tackling the issue of women who binge-drink.
Charity the YWCA is hosting the ‘Women Finding Solutions to Binge Drinking’ conference on October 21.
YWCA chief executive Sarah Payne said: “We are really excited that Mr Fortescue has agreed to speak. He will provide a valuable insight as chairman of the Portman Group.
“Excessive drinking is a concern to everyone, including drinks manufacturers, and it is good to see that they, represented by the Portman Group, will be involved in our conference.”
Fortescue said: “The drinks industry has a legitimate and significant role to play in combating alcohol misuse. Effective industry self-regulation is vitally important. I shall be discussing this and how drinks manufacturers can develop partnerships to tackle the drinking culture.”
He joins speakers including Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, Sara Thornton, the Chief Constable of Thames Valley; and Don Shenker, Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern.
The conference will be held at Central Hall, Westminster, London. Further details are available on www.ywca.org