MCA Structure

MCA Committees

The MCA has three main committees ( Executive, Education and Journal) and one sub committee ( Investment & Strategy). Every committee reports to the Executive Committee and at least one member of each committee is on the Executive board.  Each committee is an essential part of ensuring that the MCA meets it's objectives.

The Executive Committee is chaired by Professor Colin Drummond:

Prof Colin Drummond, MBChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, FFPH, FRCGP(Hon), Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, Head of the Alcohol Research Group, and Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Drummond is the Chairman of the Medical Council on Alcohol.

The Education Committee is chaired by Dr Iain Smith:

Dr Iain Smith, M.D.,M.B. Ch.B.,B.Sc.(Hons),M.R.C.Psych,F.R.C.Psych.,Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Glasgow). Dr. Smith has specialised in the field of addiction psychiatry as a Consultant for 27 years in West-Central Scotland and as well as maintaining a busy clinical practice, has been closely involved with training on alcohol-related topics for both medical students and postgraduate doctors and other health professionals, particularly in the context of psychiatric training. Over the last sixteen years he has become involved in a medical lobby group within Scotland-Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)-which is government funded and has found an important role in combating the until recently rising tide of alcohol-related harm.He has acted as a research coordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Addiction Services and for the Advanced Psychiatric Training Scheme in the West of Scotland and remains research active.He is also active in the field of alcohol and drug history helping to organise a conference in this field in Shanghai in 2019. He has helped in redrafting the section on alcohol and drugs for the RCPsych report on Mental Health in Students in Higher Education on which this talk is based..

The Journal Committee is chaired by Dr Peter Rice:

Dr Peter RiceFRCPsych, is the Chair of SHAAP, Vice President of the European Alcohol Policy Aliiance, Consultant to WHO Europe and is a former Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Tayside Alcohol Problems Service and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Medical School, University of Dundee. He has researched and published on health information and communication, on the counselling relationship in alcohol misuse treatment, as well as on more traditional medical topics such as cell changes in oral cancer. He is involved in strategic issues both locally and nationally, in the planning and delivering of integrated, multi-agency care and treatment. He was one of the group of doctors who campaigned for evidence based alcohol policy in Scotland, including the introduction of minimum unit price.









Medical Director: Dr DA Florin

Executive Assistant and Office Manager: Ria Pearson

Administrative Officer: Clare Farrow

Auditors: Goldwyns


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