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. 

Graham has worked at director level for three national charities and, before that, the probation service. 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 prison reform programmes; and supporting the development of social enterprises and major funding programmes. 

Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Director of Finance and Resources - Jonathan Duckett

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.

Acting Director, Residential Services - Nicky Holdaway

Nicky joined Action on Addiction in January 2016 as registered manager for 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 and specialities in the health and social care sector including: mental health; addictions; homelessness; the prison service; and Broadmoor hospital.

Director of Professional Education and Research - Dr Tim Leighton

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.

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 its Chief Executive until 2007 when it merged with two other charities to form Action on Addiction.

The Chemical Dependency Centre developed five residential and day treatment services to run 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. 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.