I am starting up my new business, offering management consultancy support to the voluntary, community and public sectors. Although drug prevention is my most recent specialty – and before that drug treatment and public health/health promotion – I now want also to use my broader expertise in health and social care and management. I am looking to work on strategic planning, project planning, organisational development and teambuilding, facilitation of groups, evaluation and fundraising. I will continue to advise the UK Government as a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. At the same time, I am beginning part-time study towards a PhD at the University of London, researching factors which develop resilience in socially-excluded young people.
My career experience has included working in the private, public and voluntary sectors. I spent 9 years as Chief Executive of Mentor UK, the charity which focusses on developing effective drug misuse prevention activities and before that I was Chief Executive of Angel Drug Services, a London-based street drugs agency which provided a range of harm reduction services.
My Governmental and Inter-Governmental work has included leading for the UN’s Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs on developing civic society’s engagement with the United Nations. I was twice elected Vice Chair of this Committee and wrote its Strategic Plan 09-2013. I was also elected three times as Chair of the English Drug Education Forum.
Previous work experience included Community Care planning and implementation and running local and international HIV/AIDS programmes.
Voluntary experience has included being a Trustee of Childhope UK and of Southern Housing Foundation and chairing Islington Community Health Council and Camden & Islington Local Community Advisory Group.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.