Who We Are


Board of Directors

Management Team

Staff



Board of Directors

George Allan (Chair)
John Preston (Treasurer)
April Adam
Ali Gilmour
Hazel Robertson
Jim Stephen
Dr John Budd
Dr Mary Hepburn
Peter Kelly
Stephanie Morrison

George Allan - Chair
George is a long standing member of SDF. A lecturer in Social Work at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where he teaches substance problems modules, George has worked primarily with adults. He was Director of Renfrew Council on Alcohol from 1981 to 1986. He worked for Aberdeenshire Council between 1999 and 2007, initially as a specialist substance problems Care Manager and then as a Strategic Development Officer with responsibility for developing services for young people with drug or alcohol problems and implementing the Getting our Priorities Right agenda. He has a particular interest in the topics of children affected by parental substance use and the implementation of the recovery agenda in mainstream services.


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John Preston - Treasurer
John Preston joined the Board of SDF in 2009, after a career of more than 25 years operating at the highest level of the music industry, John was Chairman of BMG Records for the UK and Ireland in the late 1990s as well as Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). A former Trustee of the music industry charity The Brit Trust, John was also previously involved with drugs education with Harry Shapiro, now of Drugscope. Since he left the music industry, John has built a 44 ft sailing boat and held non-executive Chairs and Directorships in the media business. He sits on the Board of the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh and is mentor to the head of a homelessness charity. He is involved with LINC Scotland in developing opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Scotland. John supports SDF's aims to inform support and influence the debate on drugs policy.

April Adam
April is Service Manager with Fife Intensive Rehabilitation and Substance Misuse Team, a community based substance misuse service for individuals aged 16 and over. She has more than 20 years’ experience working within the Third Sector in Fife, including nine in substance misuse services.  She is a member of the Fife Drug Death Monitoring and Prevention Group and the Fife Drug Deaths Strategic Group. She is also a Board member of two Fife Third Sector organisations which focus on mental health and older people.  April holds a Masters Degree in Community Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences.

Ali Gilmour
After qualifying as a social worker in the 70s, Ali worked initially in child protection, mental health and community care services. Latterly, he managed and delivered criminal justice social work services and obtained an MSc in this field of work. He also sat on a variety of national working groups including the Review of Mental Health Services for Offenders and a First Minister’s Review Team. Ali has had an active long-term involvement in an international aid and development agency and now manages a small voluntary organisation working with people affected by homelessness and alcohol and drug issues.

Hazel Robertson
Hazel is Service Manager for Angus Council Social Work and Health and is serving on the Board of SDF for a second time. A local authority social worker since 1986, she was appointed to a specialist post focusing on drugs and HIV in 1990. In 2004, she was appointed to Principal Officer for Community Care within Angus Council where she had responsibility for the strategic planning and development of community care services and had a lead role for drugs and alcohol services. She has been a member of Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) Standing Committee on Substance Misuse since 2003 and has recently been invited to participate in the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse (CAPSM) sub group, having had a career long interest in the needs of children affected by substance misuse.

Jim Stephen
Jim is a former career civil servant with the Scottish Government. He worked closely with Scottish Drugs Forum in the post of Team Leader within the former Substance Misuse Division, where he had a particular focus on treatment and rehabilitation issues. He subsequently moved into working mainly on policies affecting children and young people, such as integrated children’s services planning, management of the Changing Children’s Services Fund and the development and implementation of the Early Years Framework. Jim was seconded to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities for a year and worked closely with officials and elected members from all 32 councils on policy and practice affecting children and young people. He has worked closely with a wide range of children’s charities as well as statutory services, particularly on local government and health issues affecting children and families.

Dr John Budd
John is a GP at Edinburgh Access Practice (EAP), Co-ordinator, Lothian Deprivation Interest Group and Chair of the board of directors, North Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Centre. EAP is a GP practice and is a partner agency, along with social work and housing, providing a range of health care services for homeless patients.  John worked as a GP specialist in substance misuse in Muirhouse, Edinburgh.  He has also worked as a community doctor in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  John is chair of DIG, a Lothian group of primary health care workers which promotes high quality primary care for socially excluded groups and communities experiencing high levels of multiple-deprivation. He is also a steering group member for the Deep End project.

Dr Mary Hepburn
Mary Hepburn is an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Glasgow and Scotland’s leading specialist in substance use in pregnancy. She established, and for more than 25 years has led, a city wide multidisciplinary reproductive health service for women with social problems including problem substance use which is now known as Greater Glasgow and Clyde Special Needs In Pregnancy Service (SNIPS). She has contributed to the development of guidelines and protocols for management of problem drug and alcohol use in pregnancy and to the development of similar services nationally and internationally. Dr Hepburn has published work on these topics in a number of textbooks and scientific journals and her career has seen her working as a consultant with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation in Kosovo, Moldova and Ukraine. She also co-chairs an annual seminar in Austria providing training for health professionals from Eastern Europe, Asia and former Soviet countries in the management of drug use in pregnancy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She has also worked to improve medical education in Bangladesh and has worked with Amnesty International on domestic abuse. Dr Hepburn was named Glasgow Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year in January 2012.

Peter Kelly
Peter Kelly has been Director of the Poverty Alliance, Scotland’s anti-poverty network, since 2004.  He previously worked as a researcher with a number of organisations: with the Scottish Low Pay Unit, with Strathclyde Regional Council and with a community health organisation in the early 1990s. His main policy interests are in income inequality, employment and poverty, and civic participation in policy development.  He has published a number of articles on poverty and low pay in Scotland.  In addition to Scottish work, Peter is also actively involved in a range of UK and European anti-poverty networks and is currently a board member of the End Child Poverty Campaign and is on the UK representative on the Executive Committee of the European Anti-Poverty Network. He  has a BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies from Paisley College and an MPhil Social Science Research from the University of Glasgow.

Stephanie Morrison
Stephanie is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Previously she was an occupational therapist in the mental health field, working in rehabilitation, forensic and acute admission services. Stephanie’s specific areas of interest are in the wider complex and inter-related issues of culture and health in populations and how these issues influence participation everyday life and health. She feels that addressing these complex influences should be part of a more integrative and evidenced-based  approach to drug services  and within the Criminal Justice  system in Scotland. She also feels that the importance of  developing a more evidenced  based approach to addiction and recovery in Scotland is also essential to ensure equity of services throughout Scotland. In 2009 Stephanie was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the prevalence of addiction and homelessness in war veterans in the USA and Canada. As part of this study she visited a number of drug treatment programmes and recovery communities in the USA.

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Management Team

David Liddell OBE:  CEO 
David leads the SDF staff team and reports directly to SDF’s Board of Directors. He has worked for Scottish Drugs Forum since its inception in 1986 and in the field of drugs, alcohol and homelessness for over 30 years in England, Ireland and Scotland. He is on the UK Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. He is a Board Member of the national anti-poverty network in Scotland, The Poverty Alliance. David has a degree in Chemistry and his first career was as a hospital biochemist before moving into Social Work, qualifying as a social worker in Edinburgh in 1984.He was a co-author of a prevalence study of drug problems in Edinburgh undertaken in 1985-6 and was a key player in the development of harm reduction services in Scotland, advocating the introduction of needle exchanges and substitute prescribing programmes. He served on the Ministerial Drug Task Force in 1994, played an active role in the former Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse and since the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, he has been a Secretary to the Cross Party Group on Alcohol and Drug Misuse. An active member of the European Civil Society Forum on Drugs, David is a regular media commentator on issues relating to problematic drugs use in Scotland. He has contributed to a number of publications on drug use in Scotland. David was made Officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours for services to disadvantaged people in Scotland.


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Ken Butler:  Head of Business, Finance and Administration
Ken is Company Secretary to SDF and leads the staff team which provides secretarial, technical, communications, procurement, human resources, financial and other administrative support to SDF’s Board of Directors as well as core/project funded SDF staff. Ken joined SDF in 2004, with 17 years in management accounting experience in the commercial sector.

Kirsten Horsburgh: National Naloxone Co-ordinator
Kirsten leads SDF’s team which provides training on, and supports the national and local development of policy and practice for, preventing overdose deaths in Scotland through assisting the implementation of the roll-out of the world-leading Scottish Take Home Naloxone (THN) programme. She is responsible for the development of training resources and delivering training to a wide range of stakeholders across Scotland, including those at risk of overdose and their families. She also supports local agencies in their work to embed overdose prevention/THN distribution within services. Her remit includes managing the Training & Development Officer (Naloxone) post, which includes management of the ground-breaking Naloxone Peer Educator Initiative. Kirsten comes from the Borders, where she was Team Manager for NHS Borders Addictions Services and local Take Home Naloxone Co-ordinator.

Leon Wylie:  Lead Officer, Hepatitis Scotland 
Leon has responsibility for the work of Hepatitis Scotland, a project funded by the Scottish Government to be the national voluntary sector lead organisation for viral hepatitis. Leon first worked in the problematic substance use field in Australia in 1995. Since then, he has worked in a variety of statutory and voluntary agencies and has also served on the board of a number of voluntary agencies, including Mainliners, a UK-wide BBV charity. He is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and has done further study at University of Queensland, successfully completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Studies and a Masters in Health Studies (Addictions).

Neil Stewart: Head of National Quality Development 
Neil heads SDF’s Big Lottery-funded National Quality Development programme, launched in November 2009 to assist the recovery of individuals through helping the ability of agencies to improve their services to drug users. Neil joined SDF for the launch of Programme in 2009, having gained extensive experience working in the voluntary drug sector in Edinburgh over the previous 24 years, mostly at managerial level. His qualifications include B.Sc (Hon) in Psychology and Post-Graduate Certificates in Youth and Community Work, Management of Voluntary Organisations and Drug and Alcohol Studies.

Sean McCollum – Head of Operations 
Sean manages SDF’s service user involvement projects across Scotland and also has overall management responsibility for our award winning Addiction Workers Training Project (AWTP).  Sean provides expert input to ADPs at strategic  and commissioning level and represents third sector substance use services within Alcohol and Drug Partnership planning structures. Sean has worked in the substance use field for over 25 years and his qualifications include a Master of Science (MSc) in Drug Use and Addiction from Liverpool John Moores University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Strathclyde. He also has the Diploma in English Law and is currently studying for a law degree.

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Staff

Adrienne Hannah: National Training & Development Officer (Sexual Health).
Alan McRobbie: Training and Development Officer, Workforce Development.
Amy Kirkpatrick, Co-ordinator, East of Scotland Addiction Worker Training Project.
Andy Coffey – Digital Communications.
Austin Smith: Policy & Practice Officer.
Bruce Thomson: National Quality Development Facilitator.
Chris Messenger: Senior Development Officer, Addiction Worker Training Project.
Carissa Chan: Communication and Information Support, Hepatitis Scotland.
Catharine Forrest: Drink Wise Age Well Training Coordinator.
Emma Hamilton: National Training and Development Officer (Harm Reduction and Emergency Responses).
George Burton: Workforce Development Programme Manager.
George Waddell: East Ayrshire User Involvement Development Officer.
Graham Mackintosh: Training and Development Officer, Hepatitis Scotland.
Jason Wallace: National Naloxone Training - Support Officer.
Janet Hamill: Senior Oficer, National Quality Development Team.
Jennifer Upson: Senior Oficer, National Quality Development Team.
Joan Currie: National Quality Development Team User Involvement Officer/SDF Training Officer.
John Honey: Training and Development Officer, Workforce Development.
Katharine Ronald: Human Resources Officer.
Katy MacLeod: National Training and Development Officer.
Lauren Johnson: Research and Development Officer, Workforce Development.
Lesley Bon: Patient Involvement Officer, Hepatitis Scotland.
Lisa Bradley: Senior Administrator.
Michael Griffin: Communications and Information Assistant.
Michelle O’Loughlin: National Training and Development Officer.
Suzanne Davidson: Co-ordinator, West of Scotland Addiction Worker Training Project.
Tricia McCabe: Administration Supervisor. 

Adrienne Hannah – National Training and Development Officer (Sexual Health)
Adrienne’s work is to improve the sexual health of drug users by enhancing sexual and reproductive health interventions. She worked for the NHS for 10 years and has 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. Her previous posts include working as the training manager of a sexual health charity and as manager of a residential rehabilitation project. Adrienne has also been involved in developing harm-reduction strategies and HIV counselling and testing services for three health board areas. She has a BSc degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion.

Alan McRobbie: Training and Development Officer, Workforce Development
Alan is responsible for designing and delivering high quality continuous professional development opportunities for national and local commissions to guide and empower the Scottish drug and alcohol workforce in supporting the recovery of people affected by drugs and alcohol.
Alan provides a specialism in the psychological intervention, Motivational Interviewing (MI), learned and developed in the USA and UK from some of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. Trained by, and a registered member of, the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Alan is recognised internationally in training and coaching practitioners in this psychological intervention. Alan’s central interest in the practice development of MI to improve the quality and effectiveness of counselling strategies for motivating behaviour change in brief encounters led him to Yale University, USA.  It was at Yale when Alan trained in the specialism of providing post training coaching in initiating the process of enhancing proficiency in Motivational Interviewing through the analysis and assessment of learners’ MI practice using an established, validated coding tool. Alan holds a BA in Community Learning and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Addictions from the University of Glasgow.

Amy Kirkpatrick: Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) Development and Co-ordination Officer
Amy joined SDF in September 2012 to support and manage the extension of our award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) into the East of Scotland.  Amy worked in project administration with a number of community rehabilitation services in Glasgow area for more than three years prior to coming to SDF. She holds BA(Hons) in Public Management & Administration from the University of Stirling.

Andy Coffey – Digital Communications
Andy is an active member of the communications team, utilising various methods and mediums to keep SDF’s members, stakeholders and the general public informed of the organisation’s activities and developments in the field as a whole.  Andy graduated from Stirling University in 2013 with a BA(Hons) in Media and Communications. He then went on to work in the communications team at Red Bull UK before returning to Scotland as Digital Community Manager at Polaroid Blipfoto, and now SDF. 

Austin Smith: Policy & Practice Officer
Austin is responsible for the delivery of membership briefings and consultations on policy and practice innovations. He manages the SDF events programme including conferences and seminars. Austin previously worked in user involvement and in the homelessness and rehabilitation fields. He has also managed a project which helped people completing treatment and rehabilitation overcome barriers to work, training and education.

Bruce Thomson: National Quality Development Manager
Bruce's job is to facilitate the improvement in the quality of drug services for SDF’s Big-Lottery Funded National Quality Development Programme. He joined SDF in June 2012.  His career started in Mental Health Nursing, specialising in alcohol and drug treatment. He moved as a practitioner to a social work drugs service in Paisley, then becoming a trainer in addictions (including brief interventions) for social workers, nurses and other public sector and voluntary sector workers. From 1994 he was Depute Director of Renfrew Council on Alcohol, joining Aberlour Child Care Trust in 1998 where he initially managed a residential service for with families affected by parental substance use. Latterly, he was Aberlour’s Assistant Director for a portfolio of services to families with a national lead role for drugs and alcohol issues, leaving in 2010 to Net Device Corp, managing provision of NeuroElectric Therapy to recovering drug users in Scotland.

Chris Messenger: Addiction Workers Training Project Co-ordinator
Chris is responsible for operational management of a small team supporting the delivery and development of SDF’s award winning Addiction Worker Training Project.  As an SVQ Workplace Assessor, Chris read History at Oxford Brookes University. He holds a Professional Diploma in Substance Misuse Intervention Strategies from the University of Brighton, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership of Drug and Alcohol Services from the University of Glasgow.  
Chris worked for several years in Criminal Justice and Homeless projects on the South Coast of England, before joining SDF in 2010.  As Co-ordinator of the West of Scotland AWTP he worked with 88 trainees over four years, 81 of whom completed the AWTP course with 77 securing further employment.

Carissa Chan: Communication and Information Support, Hepatitis Scotland
Carissa joined Hepatitis Scotland in October 2015. She supports and oversees the day-to-day communication and information needs within Hepatitis Scotland, managing the social media presence, website, and other online channels, as well as content creation for e-Bulletins. Carissa graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2015 with a languages degree.

Catherine Forrest: Drink Wise Age Well Training Coordinator
Cat is the Training Coordinator for the National Drink Wise Age Well (DWAW) UK Wide Programme as well as the DWAW Glasgow trainer. Cat originally studied Social Work but has worked in the addiction field for 12 years, in a range of services, from homeless units and prison casework teams to recovery and reintegration services. She began to develop a passion for training whilst working in the prisons where she was given the opportunity to develop a range of her own group work sessions, including a six week alcohol program. Her interests include alcohol related harm, alcohol and older people and alcohol awareness.

Emma Hamilton: Training and Development Officer (Harm Reduction and Emergency Responses)
Emma develops and facilitates training in a range of areas including bacterial infection and drug use as well as injecting equipment provision. She also coordinates and chairs the Scottish Needle Exchange Workers Forum. Since joining SDF, Emma has been involved local and national outbreaks of bacterial and viral infections amongst people who use drugs. This has involved attending the Incident Management Teams developed to respond to the outbreaks, developing staff and service user resources and offering face to face briefings.
Emma previously worked with Turning Point Scotland as a development manager, developing Homeless and Housing First services in the west of Scotland, supporting individuals in active addiction and at various points in their recovery journey.  She was part of the team that developed the Housing First service initially in Glasgow and then in other areas in the west of Scotland. She has worked in a number of services in various capacities including HMP Barlinnie as an Enhanced Addiction Caseworker, providing addiction support to individuals whilst in custody and delivering the national harm reduction group work to men as they entered prison or before they were released.

George Burton: Workforce Development Programme Manager.
George joined SDF in 2015 and manages a team responsible for the national provision of a range of learning and development activity for the workforce, and the provision of strategic workforce development and planning support for Scotland's 30 Alcohol & Drug Partnerships. He was previously Operations Manager for Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA) and prior to taking up that role was a Professional Development Consultant and national trainer.  George previously worked in frontline drug and alcohol services and worked for several years supporting adults with learning disabilities.  He is interested in workforce development, drug and alcohol policy, harm reduction and social justice. George is also currently working on further developing SDF's eLearning output and exploring the potential for expanding this platform. His qualifications include MA(Hons) Politics and Philosophy, BSc Mechatronics, PGc Addictions, PGc Leadership of Drug and Alcohol Services, and SVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

George Waddell: East Ayrshire User Involvement Development Officer.
George joined SDF’s User Involvement team in 2015 after having worked in the Mental Health/Substance Use field for over 25 years. George previously managed a wide range of Phoenix Futures & Momentum Skills Drug & Alcohol treatment Residential and Community led services throughout Scotland and was also the Phoenix Futures Addiction Team Manager within HMP Barlinnie Glasgow. He has also designed a range Drug & Alcohol treatment community services for both Phoenix Futures and Momentum skills. The primary focus of his work is to initiate/sustain User Involvement including developing and implementing a range of User Involvement work. The aims of this work are to: establish/sustain user involvement group(s); identify and progress the training needs of the group(s) as well as the individual’s training needs; undertake peer research and explore opportunities for peer research work.

Graham Mackintosh: Training and Development Officer, Hepatitis Scotland
Graham provides training, capacity building and networking help to voluntary sector staff working in a wide variety of organisations which come into contact with people affected by viral hepatitis. He began working in frontline drug services in Glasgow in 1994 and was involved in the development of a range of harm reduction interventions to be used in group settings. In 2004 he joined Scottish Drugs Forum, where he was involved in the development and delivery of national training initiatives on overdose prevention and intervention, as well as hepatitis prevention targeting voluntary sector projects working with young vulnerable people. He took up his post with Hepatitis Scotland in 2011.

Jason Wallace: National Naloxone Training - Support Officer
Jason joined SDF in April 2013 through systematic progression from being a peer/peer research volunteer with SDF’s User Involvement activity  to successful completion of SDF’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project. His job is to assist SDF National Naloxone Co-ordinator Kirsten Horsburgh in all aspects of SDF’s Scottish Government-funded National Naloxone Programme. This includes the development of Peer Education Networks and delivering Peer Education Programme training for SDF’s Naloxone Peer Educator Initiative. Jason worked at a number of frontline services in Glasgow while an AWTP trainee.

Janet Hamill: Senior Officer, National Quality Development Team
Janet joined SDF in December 2015 and is a Senior Officer within the National Quality Development Team, supporting improvement and quality of drug services for SDF’s Big-Lottery Funded National Quality Development Programme. Janet is a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and prior to working with SDF she was employed by NHS Tayside Substance Misuse Service as Nurse Team Leader for Locality Team 2 and New Beginnings in Dundee. During this time Janet had a secondment as a lecturer with the department of nursing and midwifery at University of Stirling where she contributed to the undergraduate programme. Prior to this Janet worked in Forth Valley Community Alcohol and Drugs Service (CADS) and she also worked with Forth Valley Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Janet started her career in South Lanarkshire Council’s Substance Misuse Services based in Rutherglen.
Janet’s academic achievements include MSc (Child Welfare and Protection) which she completed at University of Stirling in 2013. Janet also has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Drugs and Alcohol Studies.

Jennifer Upson: Senior Officer, National Quality Development Team
Jen joined SDF at the beginning of 2016 as Senior Officer with the National Quality Development Team, supporting the development of alcohol and drugs services . Jen started her career in secure and residential care, supporting looked after and accommodated young people and then moved to Aberdeen and joined the voluntary sector, during which time she completed a PG Diploma in Counselling and subsequently trained as a Practice Supervisor for individuals and groups. During her time working in the North East, Jen delivered and developed therapeutic services for young people and adults experiencing mental ill health, drug and alcohol problems and homelessness and worked as a Tutor with Aberdeen University delivering COSCA Counselling Skills modules. In 2011, Jen moved to Glasgow to take up the post of Head of Client Services with Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA). During her time with GCA, she was responsible for developing and maintaining a variety of services including tenancy support, counselling, group work and criminal justice services. Jen has worked in partnership with Survivor Scotland since 2005, securing funding while in post in Aberdeen and again while with GCA, supporting both agencies to provide trauma-informed services.

Joan Currie: National Quality Development Team User Involvement Officer/SDF Training Officer
Joan is part of the team delivering SDF’s National Quality Development Programme for drug services. She is responsible for building the capacity of service users to contribute to service development and for increasing the capacity of services to harness the views of service users to improve what the service do. In her SDF Training role, Joan delivers training commissioned from SDF by external agencies on a range of topics including general drug awareness, legal highs awareness, and harm reduction measures. Joan joined SDF in 2003 and previously worked as Glasgow User Involvement Development Team until moving to the National Quality Development Team in November 2010.

John Honey: Training and Development Officer
With a background in psychology, John joined SDF in 2015 from STRADA to work with the new Workforce Development Programme (WDP) to increase knowledge and awareness and updating skills in the workforce.

Katharine Ronald: Human Resources Officer
Katharine’s key responsibilities are for recruitment, HR policy development/implementation, payroll, Protection of Vulnerable Groups and other HR issues within SDF as well as managing the admin team. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  She joined SDF in 1996, having previously worked for one of the UK’s largest hospitality companies.

Katy MacLeod: National Training and Development Officer
Katy is SDF’s National Training and Development Officer and is responsible for leading on the New Psychoative Substances(NPS) work, monitoring drug trends, quality development and delivering training across Scotland on a variety of topics. Katy joined SDF in October 2013 from the Scottish drugs charity Crew where she was Training and Outreach Coordinator and led on activity relating to New Psychoactive Substances and emerging drug trends. Her areas of expertise and interest are in NPS, psychostimulants, drug use within the night-time economy, early interventions, harm reduction, poly-drug use and working with offenders. Her professional qualifications include COSCA person-centred counselling, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) Training Practice, SVQ Health and Social Care. Katy worked in front line drug services for several years in both residential treatment and community based settings, including work with Turning Point Scotland.

Lauren Johnson: Research and Development Officer, Workforce Development
Lauren is responsible for supporting the SDF Workforce Development Programme (WDP) which aims to support those working with and affected by alcohol and other drug use.  She also supports the ‘Drink Wise, Age Well’ Programme which is hosted by Addaction and funded by the Big Lottery.  Lauren joined SDF in 2015 from STRADA where she coordinated research and information activity within the organisation as well as supporting Strategic Workforce Development.  Lauren’s area of expertise and interest are in designing and conducting research projects specifically around harm reduction, recovery, children and families, blood borne viruses (BBVs) and workforce development.  Her qualifications include a first class joint honours degree in Politics with Psychology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods with Distinction.  Lauren is currently working on her PhD which is interested in the development of public health guidelines and the quality of deliberation within decision making processes.  Lauren has worked has successfully completed a variety of research projects hosted at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Glasgow and is interested in collaborating with other colleagues on research.  On a voluntary basis, Lauren is an active member of The Children’s Panel and is responsible for observing and monitoring panel members practice and conduct. Lauren recently accepted a public appointment as an Independent Prison Monitor for HMP Greenock.

Lesley Bon: Patient Involvement Officer, Hepatitis Scotland
Lesley’s job is to help people affected by viral hepatitis to have more of an input into the decisions and services that affect their lives through harnessing patient opinion and knowledge to improve services. She also works to enable their voice to be heard in challenging the stigma faced by people living with viral hepatitis. She previously worked within Service User Involvement in homelessness in Glasgow and holds a BSc, focusing on infectious diseases, from University of Glasgow.

Lisa Bradley: Senior Administrator
Lisa is part of the small administrative support team within SDF which provides general administrative assistance to SDF staff and stakeholders. Her particular roles include being  responsible for HR support, AWTP Administration and additional support for SDF events management. Lisa joined SDF in 2004.

Michael Griffin: Communications and Information Assistant
Michael is responsible for updating SDF databases including the Directories of Scottish Drug Services, Employability Services, Needle Exchanges and Naloxone Services; design/layout of SDF publications including SDF Bulletin and flyers; input to SDF’s website and assisting with membership development. He joined SDF as an Administration Assistant in 1991.

Michelle O’Loughlin: National Training and Development Officer
Michelle is a National Training and Development Officer as part of SDF’s Workforce Development Programme. Michelle develops and delivers training courses on subjects such as Drug Awareness, Substance Use and Young People, New Psychoactive Substances, Mental Health, Trauma and Domestic Abuse.
She is also Director at Chill Welfare, a social enterprise that provides specialist drug, alcohol and mental health welfare services at festivals and events around the UK. In this role Michelle coordinates welfare services providing information, advice and support to drug users or those considering using substances and conducts research into drug prevalence.
Michelle trained in Psychology obtaining a First Class BSc where she conducted research into the relationship between substance use and trauma. Michelle has utilised her interest and academic knowledge of the interface between substance use, trauma and mental health in a variety of roles such as her posts as a Substance Use & Mental Health Project worker, Professional Development Consultant and providing welfare services at nightclubs, dance events and music festivals in the UK and Europe.

Suzanne Davidson: Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) Co-ordination Support Officer
Suzanne holds a BA in Business and Management from Glasgow Caledonian University.  She joined the AWTP team in 2014 having worked for a number of years with the Scottish Association for Mental Health, within their Connect and Outreach North Projects.  
Suzanne is a qualified SVQ Assessor, and as Co-ordinator of the West of Scotland Addiction Worker Training Project, oversees the day to day running of the scheme.  Suzanne currently supports trainees recruited from East Ayrshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, South Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.

Tricia McCabe: Administration Supervisor
Tricia supervises a small team which provides general administrative assistance to SDF staff and stakeholders including support for SDF events management, HR functions and peer research publications. She worked for 24 years in commercial management/administration and in the charity sector prior to joining SDF in 2008.

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