Taking action on smoking and health
Mary Cuthbert was appointed Chair of the Board of ASH Scotland in March 2014. This is an unpaid and voluntary post. As Chair, she leads a strong, experienced, and committed Board which ensures ASH Scotland operates effectively to achieve its aims and objectives.
A career civil servant for nearly 40 years, Mary has extensive experience of public policy making and delivery gained across a range of Scottish Government Departments and on secondment to external agencies, including 18 months with the then Health Education Board for Scotland. Ultimately, she was head of Tobacco Control Policy at the Scottish Government CMO and Public Health Directorate for 14 years until her retirement in April 2012. During this time, she was at the forefront of a raft of major policy and legislative developments in tobacco control leading to a transformation in public attitudes to smoking in Scotland. This included the establishment of a national network of smoking cessation services; the introduction of statutory controls on tobacco advertising and promotion and smoking in public places; and the overhaul of tobacco sale and display law.
A strong advocate of the voluntary sector, Mary also sits on the boards of Young Scot and Alcohol Focus Scotland and the Scottish Advisory Committee of the British Lung Foundation.
In 2007, Mary was given an Outstanding Contribution Award by INWAT Europe for the part she played in helping Scotland to become a world leader in tobacco control. She was also awarded an OBE in 2009 in recognition of her service to the public and the voluntary sector.
Mary lives in Edinburgh and is married with two children and one grandson.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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