Clouds House Action on Addiction

Our people

Our leadership team

Mike Trace, CEO

Following a period of 12 years working on and managing projects that provided treatment to the homeless, drug users and offenders, Mike held the post of Deputy UK Anti-Drug Co-ordinator from 1997 until 2001. His duties included the creation of the UK’s first National Drug Strategy and the oversight of its early years of implementation. From 2000 to 2003, he was the President of the European Union drugs agency, the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Here he steered a three-year work plan which involved the collation and dissemination of research and analysis on drug use, problems and responses across Europe. During 2001 to 2002, Mike also held the post of director of performance at the National Treatment Agency, set up by the UK government to oversee the rapid expansion of the drug treatment sector. In November 2002, he left to work for the United Nations Office on Drugs and crime in Vienna. On returning to the UK and the non-governmental sector, Mike worked for a year as chief executive of The Blenheim Project, a provider of community treatment services in London, before taking up his current post as chief executive of The Forward Trust (then RAPt) at the end of 2004.  

Stephen Morton, Director Of Development

Stephen Morton is a highly experienced charity executive with coming up to 25 years spent in leadership positions. Before joining Action on Addiction in January 2021 as Development Director, Stephen had spent the previous 7 years as one of two directors leading Exeter Deaf Academy, where he was responsible for strategic planning, income generation, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment and project managing the delivery of the Academy's £10 million new build project. Prior to that Stephen spent over 10 years at the NSPCC in a number of leadership roles.

Stephen’s portfolio of experience encompasses appeal, capital and revenue fundraising, communications and marketing, major project management and income generation. He has significant experience in developing and delivering successful fundraising and communications strategies, brand development, building highly successful teams, engaging high-level supporters, managing change, systems leadership and delivering against challenging targets.

Drawing on his experience. Stephen is well placed to lead Action on Addiction as the charity prepares for its forthcoming merger with The Forward Trust on May 1st 2021.

Sally Benton, Director of Strategy and Communications

Sally joined us in October 2019. She has worked in the voluntary sector for ten years and led major programmes on skills, mental health, housing and criminal justice. Until recently Sally was Director of Policy and Communications at The Design Council where she helped to place design at the centre of government innovation policies to tackle complex social and economic problems such as productivity, housing, ageing and skills. Prior to joining The Design Council Sally played an instrumental role in securing reforms to the Resettlement of Offenders Act 1974, and led national campaigns on housing and education for crime reduction charity Nacro. She managed nationwide delivery programmes in the areas of youth custody and mental health on behalf of The Big Lottery and NHS England. Sally’s earlier career was spent working in central government leading work on post 16 education, child protection and counter terrorism. Sally took up her role on 1 October.

Sally has responsibility for The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies together with brand, marketing and communications, policy and public affairs, and media relations.

Dr Tim Leighton, Director of Professional Education and Research

Tim joined Clouds as a counsellor in 1985, and in 1988 began teaching a one year certificate course, which developed into an externally validated Further Education Diploma in Addictions Counselling. He later designed a post-graduate Diploma for the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals (later part of King’s College London) which ran for several years. Tim's long-term ambition to create a degree level course was realised in partnership with the University of Bath and 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.

Dr Tim Leighton, Director of Professional Education and Research