Executive members

Vivienne Evans (Carer representative) (Chair)


Vivienne Evans is the Chief Executive of Adfam and Chair of the Executive Committee. Adfam’s mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use.


Jason Gough (Vice Chair)

Jason Gough is the service user representative and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.

Lauren Booker

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol concern is a charity that works across England and Wales, undertaking research and projects to inform their campaigns to reduce the effects of alcohol related harm.


Dr Daren Britt

The Association of Higher Education in Alcohol and Drugs (AHEAD)

The Association of Higher Education in Alcohol and Drugs represents the interests of higher education bodies across the UK that deliver drug and alcohol related research and programmes of study.

John Jolly

Blenheim CDP

Blenheim is a drug treatment provider which has provided services in London since the 1960s. It provides a range of evidence-based approaches to drug treatment and is committed to workforce development and lifelong learning for its staff, service users and volunteers.


Andre Geel

British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the United Kingdom.


Daisy Bogg

The College of Social Work

The College of Social Work is an independent organisation that represents and supports the social work profession. It is accountable to members and upholds professional standards for social workers.


Marcus Roberts


DrugScope is a leading independent centre of expertise on drugs and national membership organisation for the drug field.


Carole Sharma

Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals

The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector.


Richard Rodgers (Statutory sector provider)

Greater Manchester West

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides substance misuse services in Bolton, Salford, Central Lancashire, Manchester, Wigan and Leigh and Blackburn with Darwen. The trust delivers specialist mental health and substance misuse inpatient services to the wider North West.


Ian Wardle (Voluntary sector provider)


Lifeline has over thirty years experience of running drug and alcohol services, and of developing and supporting health, social and criminal justice expertise.


Ciaran O’Hagan

National HR Group for Substance Misuse Services

The National HR Group for Substance Misuse Services develops and shares good workforce practice, in order to drive change whilst striving for better services.

Jill Britton

London Borough of Newham

Newham is one of the most diverse and densely populated of all the London Boroughs.


Pete Burkinshaw

Public Health England

Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health which aims to address inequalities by removing barriers to good health.


Dr Owen Bowden-Jones

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom.


Ellie Gordon

Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.


Dr Linda Harris

Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of General Practitioners is the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and abroad.


Elsa Browne

Substance Misuse Management in General Practice

SMMGP supports primary care based treatment for problematic drug and alcohol use. The aims of SMMGP are: - To promote best practice in primary care treatment for people who use drugs and/or alcohol problematically. - To support the health, wellbeing and recovery of people in treatment for problematic drug and/or alcohol use in primary care. - To support commissioning of good quality primary care based substance misuse services. - To provide a forum for primary care drug and alcohol practitioners to share good practice.


Jan Annan

South West London & St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust

The Trust was formed in 1994 and now operates from around 100 locations, providing specialist services to people across the UK. It also provides community and hospital psychiatric services to Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.


Marc Lyall

Skills for Health

Skills for Health is a sector skills council for health. It helps the whole UK health sector develop a more skilled and flexible workforce. Skills for Health will represent the skills sector including Skills for Justice.


Sunny Dhadley


SUIT is an independent, service user led, advice and guidance hub offering the service user multi layered opportunities from work trial placements, strategic involvement and free recreational activities to education/training and volunteering placements. They show visible recovery in practice and work tirelessly to promote independence and social reintegration, at grass roots level and above.


News Feed


European Alcohol Conference, 24th April, London

20 February 2015

This is an opportunity to set your work and understanding in the context of developments and learning from across Europe. We will be examining the latest research and looking at practice and developments in national and urban settings that will provide inspiration and practical suggestions for how to improve our relationship with alcohol,

Consultation on how we regulate specialist substance misuse services

26 January 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is looking for feedback on its plans for inspecting specialist substance misuse services.,,
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About the Executive

The Executive Committee of the Skills Consortium comprises representatives from key providers, carers and service user groups, royal colleges and other professional and membership bodies.

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