Clouds House Action on Addiction

Our people

Our leadership team

Graham Beech, Chief Executive

Graham joined Action on Addiction as Chief Executive in September 2015. He previously worked for a number charities where he led on strategy, operations, policy and public affairs, business development, marketing and communications, and fundraising. As well as addictions, Graham's specialist areas of expertise include: youth crime, criminal justice, mental health, welfare to work, and community engagement. He has also owned and run a strategic consultancy practice: developing the operating model for the world’s first social impact bond; designing prison reform programmes; supporting the development of social enterprises; and advising on major funding programmes. Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Graham Beech, Chief Executive

Jonathan Duckett, Director of Finance and Resources

Jon joined Action on Addiction in November 2015 as interim Finance Director before moving into the role permanently in September 2016. Jon has held a number of senior finance positions over the last 15 years within the service and retail sectors, including 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.

 

Jonathan Duckett, Finance Director

Nicky Holdaway, Operations Director

Nicky joined Action on Addiction in January 2016 as Registered Manager at Clouds House. She qualified as a registered nurse in 1990 and, over the last 20 years, has held a number of senior management roles across a range of clinical settings including HMP Winchester and Broadmoor Hospital. Nicky's health and social care sector expertise includes addictions, mental health, criminal justice, and homelessness. Nicky oversees all Action on Addiction's treatment services, and is registered with the Care Quality Commission as the Nominated Individual for Clouds House.

Nicky Holdaway, Operations Director

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

Vicky Whitworth FCIPD, HR Director and Company Secretary

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. Vicky spent ten years working at the ethical high street retailer The Body Shop, firstly as a training and learning manager and then as HR manager. Vicky had the opportunity to work alongside Anita Roddick at a time when the company was introducing 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.
 

Vicky Whitworth FCIPD, HR Director and Company Secretary