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

karen tyrell

Karen is responsible for Addaction’s public policy, marketing and communications, ensuring Addaction protects its reputation and brand and promotes its services effectively.

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.

 

Anna Whitton, Executive Director of Operations

Anna Whitton

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

She has worked for the charity for nine years in a number of operational roles including Regional Manager for the South West and Director of Services. In this time, she led the development of new business and achieved a turnover growth from £4m to £14m, as well as the acquisition of Addaction’s social enterprise Re:Source.

 

Alice Dyke, Executive Director of People and Culture

Alice Dyke

Alice joins Addaction from Citizens Advice where she led a new approach to engagement building an open and collaborative culture amongst staff, the wider service and the leadership team. Alice started her career in Parliament working with MPs and peers to engage young people in democracy and politics. Since then she’s worked at the RSA to build their network of 27,000 Fellows, and led development and communications at the Clore Social Leadership Programme, developing leaders working for social change.

 

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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