Executive leadership team

Laura Bunt, Deputy Chief Executive

Laura Bunt

Laura is responsible for leading governance, business development, knowledge management and digital.

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.Follow Laura on Twitter.


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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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.


Hayley Savage, Finance Director

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Hayley is responsible for the management of Addaction’s finances.

Hayley has worked in healthcare for 20 years. Prior to joining Addaction she worked at HCA Healthcare UK as the Chief Financial Officer for Labs and Physician Services.