Board of trustees

The trustees are responsible for the overall management of Addaction, its strategic direction and decision making. There are several subcommittees of the board:

  • Resources committee
  • Income and profile committee 
  • Service delivery and clinical governance committee

New trustees are provided with a thorough induction into their role through a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer and members of the Executive Team, at least two project visits in the first few months of their tenure and briefings from key members of staff on Addaction's work and their legal responsibilities as trustees. New trustees also sign an agreement that sets out Addaction's expectations of their role and responsibilities. All trustees undergo annual appraisals conducted by the Chair of the Trustees, who is in turn appraised by the Board of Trustees as a whole. Trustees are recruited in response to an identified skills gap following a rigorous external recruitment process. Being a trustee of Addaction is a voluntary role.

Board members

Lord Alex Carlile – Chair  

Lord Alex Carlile

Lord Alex Carlile is a QC,  Fellow of King’s College London, Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust, Honorary Companion of the Security Institute and Director of SC Strategy Ltd. He holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from universities in Manchester, Wales and Budapest.

William Willis

William Willis

William is a market access consultancy specialist who has held senior management team roles in a number of global companies. He has a breadth of experience in developing integrated marketing access resource documents, pricing and also market access. He has also provided leadership to country specialists in healthcare to ensure optimal market access for products and services.

Anne Chapman

Ann Chapman

Currently, Anne is Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing. As well as being a solicitor, Anne’s role encompasses development and management of commercial properties as well as pursuing inorganic opportunities for Golding Homes. Outside of housing, Anne has a wide ranging experience in other sectors including health, education and voluntary. Her original involvement with Addaction came as part of the merger with KCA, where she had been a trustee for eight years. Anne has chaired two NHS acute trusts and has held board positions for both charities and school governing bodies. Currently, Anne is Chair of the South East Regional Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Ron Finlay

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Ron is a communications consultant who has spent many years professionally seeking to reduce the harm associated with different forms of addiction. From 2014-2016, he was Chief Executive of a national body tackling problem gambling. He formerly directed public health behaviour change programmes for Government on smoking, alcohol and drug misuse, and was a member of the Public Advisory Panel of the British Thoracic Society. He is also a member of the Independent Complaints Panel of the Portman Group, adjudicating on complaints about the marketing of alcohol.

Richard Gould

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Richard Gould has worked in football and cricket for the last 2 decades and is currently CEO of The Kia Oval and Surrey County Cricket Club.  Richard has considerable experience in leading high performance organisations, marketing and communications, and delivering customer focused strategies.  Richard was educated at Harvard Business School and prior to this completed a 12 year spell in the British Army as a tank commander, achieving the rank of Major.

Nigel McCorkell

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Nigel is a qualified chartered accountant who spent most of his career in the private sector especially in aerospace. For the past twenty years he has also been a non executive on a number of NHS Trusts. Most notably he was for six years chairman of West London Mental Health nhs Trust before retiring in 2015.

Sarah Drummond

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Sarah is a designer, CEO and serial idea generator.  She co-founded Snook, MyPolice, CycleHack, Dearest Scotland, Alloa Pride and The Matter. For this work she was awarded a Google Fellowship for her work in technology and democratic innovation and named as Good magazine’s 100 extraordinary individuals tackling global issues in creative ways.

In 2018 Sarah was named by Nesta and the UK’s mainstream publication the Observer as a New Radical, individuals who are tackling society’s biggest challenges.

Jeremy Fish

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Jeremy Fish is CEO at Ardent Hire Solutions, a leading rental provider of equipment to the construction industry.  Jeremy was previously Managing Director at Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s largest provider of powered access platforms and working at heights training. Jeremy’s experience includes 7 years as a trustee and more recently, Vice Chair, at Raleigh International, the youth development charity.

Mehul Tank

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Mehul Tank is a seasoned Finance Executive who has worked in the consumer products industry in the UK, the Netherlands & the US for over 20 years.  He recently returned to the UK to join Hobbs, a high street women's fashion retailer, as its CFO and guided the company through a successful turnaround and subsequent sale to a strategic investor.

Mehul lived and worked in the US for 20+ years as a Finance Executive managing the finance and operations of well known Omnichannel mid-market Consumer Product Brands including Levi Strauss, Esprit and Mexx.  In addition to his responsibilities managing Finance, IT, and logistics, Mehul has also managed ecommerce and digital marketing at several of these companies and facilitated their pivots to becoming customer centric.

Lynne Clow

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Lynne has been an HR Director for many years working and living in many countries around the world. She is currently Senior Vice President HR for KCA Deutag, an Aberdeen based Oil and Gas company. Lynne is also a member of the Childrens Panel in Scotland  and a Trustee of Albyn Housing Association.

Lawrie Elliott

Lawrie qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in Glasgow in 1980.  He moved into public health research in the 1990s, becoming a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee in 1997 and then a Reader in 2003. He joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Professor in 2005 and took up his second professorial post at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016. 

He has a substantial record in applied public health research and has published numerous papers, including a report with colleagues for the World Health Organisation on health inequalities (2006). His expertise centres on the evaluation of public health interventions including needle exchange, methadone and sexual health programmes, and community nursing. 

His current research focuses on reducing Hep-C infection among those who inject drugs, the evaluation of Minimum Unit Pricing among homeless and street drinkers, and an assessment of parenting programmes for families affected by drug use. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and has advised government on addiction, sexual health and community nursing policy.

Dr Neera Dholakia

Neera is an NHS portfolio GP and Clinical Commissioner working in London. She specialises in mental health, addictions and clinical governance. Her considerable experience in safeguarding is utilised in providing safeguarding training and consultancy to health professionals.