Category Archives: Presenters

JONATHAN ASHWORTH (tbc)

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… is shadow secretary of state for health, and recently revealed in the media how childhood memories inspired him to fight for more help for families of alcoholics. Jon previously served as Shadow Minister without Portfolio, and as Shadow Cabinet Office Minister. Before becoming an MP, he worked in the Treasury. Watch video of him with […]

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MARIA ARPA

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 … is founding chair and CEO of the Centre for Peaceful Solutions. Described in 2012 by the Civil Mediation Council as one of the UK’s ‘top’ mediators, Maria developed the Dialogue Road Map – a communications tool designed to break down barriers and get engagement when the other person is resistant, hostile, angry, violent or […]

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Eytan Alexander

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… is founder and CEO of UKAT, UK Addiction Treatment. Having experienced first-hand the destructive powers of addiction, finding recovery himself is the driving force behind his founding of UKAT. Many of the staff and counsellors who work at UKAT centres are in recovery also. This offers them a unique advantage in understanding and treating the dysfunctional thinking […]

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Katherine Brown

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… is director of the Institute for Alcohol Studies. She joined the IAS from the Central Office of Information where she worked on a variety of public health communications campaigns and spent time in the strategic communications unit at the Office of the Prime Minister. Her specialist area of research is commercial sector involvement in public […]

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NORMAN BEECHER

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ICADC, NCAC … graduated from Hazelden’s counsellor training programme in 1997 and has continued his professional development through numerous training courses and workshops, including Relapse Prevention Training with pioneer Terence Gorski and Post Induction Therapy Training with Pia Mellody who is a pioneer in the field of treating adult clients with Childhood Trauma. Norman’s professional qualifications […]

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Nicola Blackwood (tbc)

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… is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation in the Department of Health. Before the last General Election, Nicola was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Energy and Enterprise (2013-2015) and a key member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee (2010-2015). She was also previously Vice Chairman of the […]

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DEIRDRE BOYD

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For two decades, Deirdre Boyd has been a leader in the field of recovery from addiction, with an international reputation. Based in the UK, she heads up DB Recovery Resources which supplies a daily news service to the international alcohol/drug-treatment field on addiction recovery. With George Powell of Summit Diagnostics as co-publisher, she also edits Recovery […]

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max cohen

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BA (hons), Dip Psych Couns, reg MBACP … is an accredited therapist with over 10 years’ experience. Specialising in addiction recovery, he integrates psychodynamic, person-centred, cognitive behavioural, DBT, EMDR, EFT and biopsychosocial models of therapy. He has links with treatment facilities in the UK and US, providing assessment, referral, continuing care and aftercare services. Most […]

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CAROLINE COLE

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… is acting CEO of Broadway Lodge, one of the UK’s oldest residential treatment centres for addiction – it’s celebrating its 43rd year. In addition to heading up Broadway, Caroline is a strategy and innovation consultant at Present-Future Consulting, and lecturer in english, strategy, leadership and management at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. Until summer […]

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Daniela Collins

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PhD, MSc Mental Health, PGcert(Ed), BSc (Hons) Nurs, FHEA, RNMHL1, LPE Nurs, RNT, Qualified Professional Performance Coach … is senior lecturer in mental-health nursing at Middlesex University London’s department of Health, Social Work & Interprofessional Learning. She is an active member of the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre,  the university wellbeing committee and the digital committee. Daniela […]

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