Executive leadership team

Mike Dixon, Chief Executive 

Mike Dixon, Chief Executive

Mike joined Addaction in May 2017. He was previously the Assistant Chief Executive of Citizens Advice for six years, and in that time led on a number of key areas, including support for local Citizens Advice, news and communications, policy and research, digital and technology, fundraising, data and strategy.

Prior to joining Citizens Advice, Mike worked as a Director at Victim Support, and as an adviser in the Cabinet Office, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department for International Development.

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Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of External Affairs

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Karen is responsible for Addaction’s public policy, media, corporate relationships and voluntary income, ensuring Addaction advocates on behalf of our clients, and has a strong reputation and brand.

Karen has been involved in communications and marketing at a senior level for many years. Prior to joining Addaction, she worked for KCA as Director of Development and Marketing. She has substantial experience of the substance misuse sector starting her career as a drug worker, having started out as a volunteer.

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Paul Young, Executive Director of Finance and IT

Paul Young

Paul is responsible for the management of Addaction’s finances, making sure that our money is used effectively to help as many people as possible. He also oversees the design and delivery of our IT infrastructure, providing technology and digital tools to our staff and service users.

Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant with deep experience in the not-for-profit sector, including five years in East Africa and more recently with Barnardo’s, the National Council of YMCAs and the Royal College of Physicians.


Alice Dyke, Executive Director of People and Culture

Alice Dyke

Alice is responsible for ensuring Addaction is as productive as possible, and making it a great place to work. 

Alice was previously at Citizens Advice where she led a new approach to communications and engagement, building an open and collaborative culture. She started her career in Parliament engaging young people in democracy and politics. She’s also worked at the RSA and at the Clore Social Leadership Programme, developing leaders working for social change.

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Dr Paul Hughes, Executive Medical Director

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Paul is responsible for leading clinical governance, quality and supervision throughout the organisation. He ensures that we take advantage of new developments in clinical care in order to provide safe, effective clinical services.

Previously Paul had a 31 year medical career in the Royal Navy including a role as the Deputy Inspector General leading healthcare governance and as the Commanding Officer of Headley Court. In his last appointment he led the Defence Primary Healthcare organisation in the rank of Surgeon Commodore. Paul has worked as a MRCGP Examiner, as a GP Specialist Adviser with the CQC and as a GP Appraiser for the NHS. In 2015, he was appointed Honorary Physician to Her Majesty the Queen.


Laura Bunt, Executive Director of Business Development

Laura Bunt

Laura is responsible for securing and growing Addaction's income and impact, designing services and developing opportunities to ensure more people get effective support.

Laura was previously Chief Digital Officer at Citizens Advice. Over four years she led policy, news, communications and digital to strengthen the charity’s impact, and redesign and improve services in response to user needs. Previously Laura worked at Nesta and the RSA. She started her career in research with the think tank Demos.

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Bev Williams, Executive Director of Operations

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Bev is responsible for the organisation’s operational delivery and the smooth running of services across the UK.

Bev has previously worked at Home Group, a large national charity and social enterprise delivering housing, health and social care services. During her time in Home Group Bev led the partnership team developing relationships with Health and Adult Social Care as part of the growth strategy as well as leading client facing transformation programmes and overseeing the quality delivery of accommodation and support services.