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Chairman of Trustees - John Lloyd OBE

John is Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyd & Partners Limited, and a member of the Group Executive Committee of JLT Group plc.  John is also the Chairman of The Edward Lloyd Trust, a charity based in the North East of England providing services to people with learning disabilities.  John was awarded an OBE "For services to Young People with Intellectual Disabilities" in the 2014 New Year Honours.


David Blunn

It is with great sadness that Action on Addiction announces the untimely death of Mr David Blunn, a Trustee board member and long standing supporter of the charity, who died suddenly on 2nd September.

An accountant by profession, David was for 25 years Group Finance Director of Sterling Industries PLC, an international engineering group. A recent addition to the Action on Addiction board, David had been appointed as chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. He will be remembered both for his sensitivity as a human being, the sympathy he showed to a cause with which he was not immediately familiar, and for being an astute, conscientious and committed trustee.

Our thoughts are with David’s family at this time.

Dr Edward Day DM MRCPsych

Ed is Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham. He is currently a trustee of the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA).

Tanya Farrell

Tanya Farrell is General Counsel for a fund manager and has more than 15 years experience in the financial services industry.  Prior to this she worked in private practice as a commercial lawyer.  Tanya has served as a director on a number of equity fund and affiliated boards and also been a legal adviser to various boards.  She has spoken at a number of conferences on legal and compliance matters and has both an accounting and a law degree from the University of Auckland.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Securities and Investments.

Hugo de Ferranti

CV to follow shortly.

Robert Fox

Robert Fox's first job was as an actor. Subsequently he worked as a runner for John Heyman at World Film Services. He then went to the Royal Court as an Assistant Director. In 1973 he joined Michael White Limited where he became an Associate Producer on a number of shows including A Chorus Line, Annie and The Rocky Horror Show. He formed Robert Fox Limited in 1980. Since then he has produced or co-produced over 30 productions in the West End as well as a number on Broadway.

Frances Gibb

Frances Gibb has been a full-time journalist for more than 30 years, most of them with The Times. She specialises in legal affairs. Frances volunteers at a local dementia home and is also a governor at King's College School, Wimbledon. She has three grown sons.

Vivian Hunt - Deputy Chair

Vivian is the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company in the UK and Ireland. As well as leading the London office, she serves major pharmaceutical companies on a broad range of strategy, development and organisational challenges.  She previously led McKinsey's Pharmaceutical & Medical Products Practice in Europe, Middle East & Africa.  She has been with McKinsey for over 17 years. Vivian has also written several articles and presented at external conferences on a range of healthcare and performance improvement topics. Vivian also serves on the board of several UK charities including the Henry Smith Charitable Trust & serves as Chair for the Black British Powerlist.  She holds a cum laude in Sociology and Government and an MBA from Harvard University.

Andrew May FCA - Honorary Treasurer

Andrew was Group Finance Director of Monsoon plc for 25 years and later Chairman of East Limited.  He is a Justice of Peace for West Dorset and sits on various charitable boards including Alcohol Research UK.

Melanie Vere Nicoll

Melanie is a Sterling Fellow of Yale University, sits on the Executive Committee of CLIC Sargent, is on the executive board of Hurlingham Media for whom she also writes.  She is also a director of the Falk Foundation, which is a medical research Foundation based in the United States.

Jamie Drummond Smith

Jamie spent 25 years with Deloitte LLP, the final eleven years  as a partner in the corporate finance department.  In the last 8 years, Jamie has been a director of a number of companies, mainly in the financial services sector.

Lisa Villiers

Lisa is a film producer. She produced the Bafta Award Winning The Last King of Scotland and, amongst other things, is a Trustee of the Westside Free School. Lisa is married to Eddie Villiers, who is Head of European FI Sales at Rabobank. Her sister Lesley King-Lewis, was formerly Chief Executive of Action on Addiction for seven years, and her other sister is TV Presenter Tania Bryer, who hosted many Angels Balls and Sport Dinners.

David Yelland

David Yelland is a Partner at Brunswick Group LLP, a communications company, and before that was a newspaper editor in London and New York.  In 2010 he wrote a book for children, The Truth About Leo, about alcoholism.  He was made a Life Patron of the NSPCC in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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