John Lloyd Chair Action on Addiction

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Our board

John Lloyd OBE (Chairman)

John (Lloyd) has worked in the City of London for over 45 years and was recently appointed Chairman of the boutique specialty Insurance broker McGill and Partners. John was 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 in the new year honours 2014 for services to young people with intellectual disabilities.

John Lloyd OBE (Chairman)

Jamie Drummond Smith (Honorary Treasurer)

Jamie spent 25 years with Deloitte LLP, the final 11 years as a partner in the corporate finance department.  In the last eight years, Jamie has been a director of a number of companies, mainly in the financial services sector.

Jamie Drummond Smith, Hon Treasurer

Lisa Bryer Villiers

Lisa, who began her career as a runner straight from school, set up Cowboy Films in 1990. Cowboy Films produced ground-breaking music videos for bands such as The Cure, David Bowie and The Psychedelic Furs. Cowboy Films also produced commercials for clients including BMW and Kleenex and short films including the Oscar® winning Wasp. After producing the box office success, The Last King of Scotland, which won an Academy Award® and many BAFTA awards, Lisa moved from production to pursue her passion in education and mental health for young adults. Lisa is the co-founder of the London Screen Academy, a sixth form academy opening in September 2019 for 16 to 19-year-olds in London who have a passion for film and television. She has been, and continues to be, a Governor and a Trustee for a number of schools and charities.

Lisa Villiers, Trustee

Tanya Farrell

Tanya 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. Tanya is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Securities and Investments.

Tanya Farrell, Treasurer

Hugo de Ferranti

Having left Oxford, Hugo worked in the City for two years and has been an art dealer for the last 30 years. He was a main board trustee of the National Trust for six years and also a trustee of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for 12 years.


Hugo de Ferranti, Treasurer

Robert Fox

Robert'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.

Robert Fox, Treasurer

Frances Gibb

Frances 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.

Frances Gibb, Trustee

Gerald Libby

Gerald trained and qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Medical College in 1967. Whilst Registrar in the Department of Psychiatry, Gerald became interested in the brain-gut axis. He was adopted by the Department of Gastroenterology and began a career-long interest in patients with gastrointestinal problems. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Professor Gerald Libby, Trustee

Rebecca Priestley

Rebecca is an independent Consultant and Executive Coach with global experience covering leadership, strategic communications, major events, and project strategy and development.  For 10 years, she served in The Royal Household, including six years as Private Secretary to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.  Rebecca was recently involved in the launch of a 24/7 national text crisis service, and takes an active interest in mental health campaigning. She has a degree in English Literature from Newcastle University and works as an Executive Coach with The Preston Associates.

Rebecca Priestley

Angela Spatharou

Angela is a Partner with McKinsey & Company in London, where she leads work with NHS payors and providers on service redesign, quality, care integration between physical and mental health and social care, and digital health. Angela has been with McKinsey since 2002 and has supported a number of leading organisations in mental health and addiction, in the private and public sector, in the US, UK and Spain, and including digital health innovators in mental health. Angela has a Doctorate in political economy and an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge (Distinction), where she was an Alexander Onassis and Cambridge European Trust Scholar. She acted as Chair of the Board of Kids’ City, a grassroots South London charity and social enterprise working in some of the most deprived boroughs in the country, and currently also serves as a Governor of the London School of Economics, where she is a member of the LSE Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Angela Spatharou, Trustee