Meet our experts

Media spokespeople

Graham Beech, Chief Executive

Graham joined Action on Addiction as Chief Executive in September 2015. He previously worked for a number charities leading on strategy and operations, policy and public affairs, business development, marketing and communications, and fundraising. As well as addictions, Graham's specialist areas 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

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

Katherine Jenkins, Head of the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies

Katherine has a BSc in psychology and criminology from Staffordshire University, and an MSc in applied forensic psychology from the University of Leicester. Her therapeutic focus has been on the implementation of psychologically informed environments in third sector managed services, and her specialist areas of teaching are qualitative research, assessment and treatment planning, and performance and quality management. Katherine has worked in the addiction, mental health and homelessness sectors for over 15 years and has managed services in both residential and community-based settings. Katherine is a member of the British Psychological Society.

Katherine Jenkins, Head of the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies

Dr Simone Yule, Clinical Lead, Clouds House

BSc 1988, MB Bch 1991, DRCOG 1994, FP Cert 1996.

Simone studied at The University of Wales College of Medicine, and developed an interest in treating addiction early on in her GP training. She was one of the first cohort to be awarded the RCGP Diploma in Substance Misuse. With extensive experience of substance misuse treatment, Simone tailors the detoxification programme to the specific needs of the individual with a view to getting them on the road to abstinence-based recovery. Simone has been a GP partner in nearby Shaftesbury for 22 years, and continues to combine general practice with her role as Clinical Lead for Action on Addiction. 

Dr Simone Yule, Clinical Lead, Clouds House

Michael Rawlinson, Treatment Consultant, Clouds House

Michael joined the counselling team at Clouds House in 2010 having completed his degree in Addictions Counselling at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies. Prior to taking up the role of Treatment Consultant on 2019, Michael was the lead practitioner at Clouds. As Treatment Consultant, Michael has responsibility for connecting with referrers and also with those seeking treatment for themselves or a family member.

Michael Rawlinson, Treatment Consultant

Anya Sparks, Treatment Manager, Clouds House

Anya has worked for Action on Addiction for nine years and has lead responsibility for the treatment programme at Clouds House. She has an FdSc in Addictions Counselling from the University of Bath having successfully completed her degree at our Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies. Anya is a qualified counsellor and has continued her training in addiction psychology and counselling at postgraduate level whilst working for Action on Addiction.

Anya Sparks, Treatment Manager, Clouds House

Mike Archell-Green, Head of Community Recovery Essex

Mike has been Service Manager in Essex since May 2017. He has worked for over 35 years across the voluntary sector in areas such as homelessness, mental health and substance misuse. The organisations he has worked for include St Mungo’s, Thamesreach and The Richmond Fellowship. During this time, Mike has worked in and managed night shelters, homeless hostels and care homes for people with substance misuse problems and mental health problems, including those with a forensic history. Mike received a BA (Hons) in Latin from Birmingham University and later achieved an Msc in Public Policy at Queen Mary College, University of London. Mike served as a member of Haringey Council from 1996 to 1999.

David Humphreys, Head of Community Recovery Liverpool

David has worked in substance misuse services for 20 years across a range of disciplines in the North West of England. David’s experience includes working in a criminal justice setting, with young people and within integrated adult substance misuse services. He has worked across a number of areas in the North West, including Morecambe, Halton, Manchester, Preston, Merseyside and Cheshire.