The Leadership Team
Chief Executive - Graham Beech
Graham was appointed as Chief Executive of Action on Addiction in September 2015. He brings a wealth of expertise in the charity, public, and commercial sectors, and has worked at director level in three highly regarded national charities: Crime Concern, Catch22, and Nacro. Prior to this, Graham had a successful career in the Probation Service, culminating in the role of Assistant Chief Officer in Wiltshire.
He has also owned and run a strategic consultancy practice, working on a range of assignments including: developing the operating model for the world’s first social impact bond; advising on a programme of prison reform in Mexico; supporting the development of a new social enterprise in the welfare-to-work arena; and advising on a major funding programme for young offenders.
Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Finance Director - Jonathan Duckett
Jon started with Action on Addiction in November 2015 as interim Finance Director before moving into the role permanently in September 2016. He has a wealth of experience of delivering services to the private and public sectors, delivering change across large organisations as well as working alongside Business Development teams in delivering complex solutions, on time and to budget.
Jon has held a number of senior finance positions over the last fifteen years within the service and retail sectors, with roles at Wincanton, Tesco and Reliance Secure Task Management. In this last role, Jon was a key member of the management team that significantly increased both the size and range of services provided by the company, before the business was sold to Capita.
Jon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Treatment Director - Susanne Hakimi
Susanne has been a specialist in the addictions field for 23 years having worked as a manager for Turning Point, The Centre for Chemical Dependency, and as Head of Service at Action on Addiction’s Hope House before being promoted to the role of treatment director in September 2016. Throughout her leadership career, Susanne’s focus has been on designing and implementing high quality treatment services for complex clients and developing individuals and teams through in-house training and supervision.
Susanne is registered with BACP and has a Post Graduate Diploma in psychotherapy (Pg.Dip) and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
Director of Professional Education and Research - Tim Leighton
Tim Leighton came to work for Clouds as a counsellor in 1985, and in 1987 was sent to Hazelden in Minnesota to look at their addiction counsellor training programmes in order to develop a course suitable for British counsellors in the field. In 1988 he began to teach a one year certificate course at Clouds which developed into an externally validated Further Education Diploma in Addictions Counselling. He was also asked to design a post-graduate Diploma for United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals (later part of King’s College London) which ran for several years. He had a long term ambition to create a degree level course and this was realised in partnership with the University of Bath with the validation of the Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling and its launch in 2004.
Tim has been a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) registered Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist since 1994 and is also an accredited trainer and supervisor.
Fundraising Director - Tristan Millington-Drake
Tristan trained as an addictions counsellor at Hazelden in the United States in 1983-1984. On his return he assisted in the development of the treatment, family and training programmes at Clouds House. In 1985 he co-founded The Chemical Dependency Centre and served as Chief Executive until it merged with two other charities in 2007 to form Action on Addiction.
The Chemical Dependency Centre developed five treatment services, both residential and day services, based in London and Liverpool. Tristan held three directorships related to the addiction field, one of which he chaired and was co-opted to the board of a fourth. He was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Henry Smith Charity, a major grant making trust, in 1999 and holds this position to the present day.
HR Director and Company Secretary - Vicky Whitworth FCIPD
Vicky is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is qualified in the use of psychometric tests holding the certificate in competence in occupational testing from the British Psychological Society.
Her 20-year career in HR spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Having cut her teeth as a personnel officer in the Department of Health, Vicky spent ten years at the ethical high street retailer The Body Shop in the position first as a training and learning manager and then as HR manager. People management at The Body Shop was highly innovative, and Vicky had the opportunity to work alongside Anita Roddick at a time when the company introduced many leading-edge HR practices.
After leaving The Body Shop, Vicky set up an HR consultancy specialising in recruitment, performance management and the training and development of HR professionals. Her clients have included Denplan, Waitrose, and several government departments.
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