Our staff

Find out more about our team and their roles and responsibilities.

Richard joined Alcohol Change UK as Chief Executive in September 2017, having previously worked for Mencap, NCVO and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and provided consultancy to many of the UK’s biggest and smallest charities. He is a trustee of the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association and is an active volunteer for St Albans Woodcraft Folk.

Erynn joined the charity on the Charity Works scheme in 2018, having studied Philosophy and Economics at university. Erynn looks after our social media and supports with all communications activity.

Natasha joined Alcohol Change UK in December 2017. Natasha works across our research and communications activities, as well as supporting our Secretariat function to the APPG on Alcohol Harm.

Steph joined Alcohol Change UK in April 2021 and manages our Behaviour Change Programme, including our flagship Dry January® campaign and the Try Dry® app. Before joining us, Steph supported new workplaces and residential developments in establishing a sense of community and place. She has also previously enjoyed working on community engagement projects with charities Raspberry Pi and Living Streets.

Envere joined Alcohol Change UK as Finance Manager in June 2019. Her role involves managing and reporting on financial performance to the senior management team and trustees. Envere has extensive experience in managing finances in charitable sector.

Jenni joined Alcohol Change UK in November 2017. Outgoing, creative and team-focused, Jenni maintains the running of the office in addition to assisting the Chief Executive. She also supports the wider team with their work in communications, research and training.

Emily joined Alcohol Change UK in January 2022. Emily leads the Communications Team working across our key programmes of work including our flagship Dry January campaign and is responsible for developing our wider communications, brand and marketing strategies. She joins us from LandAid, the property industry charity, where she was Head of Communications and Engagement and has experience working in addiction and homelessness.

Danielle joined Alcohol Change UK as Head of Fundraising and Engagement in August 2019, she brings with her over 14 years of fundraising experience having previously worked at Spinal Research, Anthony Nolan, The Silver Line and NSPCC. She is also volunteers for ChildLine and Caris Bereavement Service.

Mark joined Alcohol Change UK in August 2009, and is based in our Wales office in Cardiff. His role involves identifying and delivering research projects, and using strong networks to influence alcohol policy.
Andrew is Alcohol Change UK’s Director for Wales, and has led the development of the charity’s work in Wales since 2009.
Shumita joined Alcohol Change UK in 2014. She supports our finance team with the day-to-day running of the department.

Adam joined Alcohol Change UK in September 2019 from Marie Curie where he worked in Community Fundraising. He brings experience working in fundraising for young homeless people in Sheffield and for Oxfam. Alongside Danielle, Adam looks after all things fundraising for Alcohol Change UK.

In his spare time Adam can be found running, struggling to play football and studying for an MSc in Global Health.

If you're considering fundraising for us please don't hesitate to get in touch: fundraising@alcoholchange.org.uk

Julie joined Alcohol Change UK in September 2015 having previously worked as freelance Communications Adviser to the European Communications Office and prior to that as Communications Manager at Ofcom. Julie works, together with the Director of Communications, on the development and implementation of our brand, communications and marketing strategies.

Our associates

Lauren has been a consultant with Alcohol Change since 2009. She delivers training and consultancy services throughout the UK and is the author of our amazing new book, Try Dry.
Vaijayanti has worked in mental health, social care and education for over 27 years. She started her career in forensic psychiatry working in a medium secure unit in London. She has worked with varied client groups including adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions as well as individuals with severe and enduring mental health conditions. During this time, she has gained extensive experience working with young people and adults living with the impact of homelessness, as well as supporting individuals facing the challenges of coexisting alcohol and substance misuse. She was employed as a Mental Health Social Worker for eight years before developing the post of Mental Health Coordinator for her local Further Education College. Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Behavioural Family Therapy, she has a teaching qualification as well has her degree in Psychology. She now uses her education and experience to train other professionals, businesses, and organisations. Over the past decade, she has been an associate trainer for Mind as well as running her own training company.
Caroline has managed her own Consultancy business since 2000 providing a range of management and training services across health, local government, university, third sector and commercial organisations. Her focus is on the development and delivery of training. Prior to running her own business, she worked as an Occupational Therapist at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge from 1986 to 2000, becoming Head Occupational Therapist on Medical and Elderly Care wards. The role focused on the assessment and treatment of older people with medical conditions. This included people living with dementia, people with cognitive difficulties and those with a range of long-term conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Following this experience, she worked as an Occupational Therapist in the community both for the NHS and for a private provider, enabling people with physical and cognitive difficulties to live as independently as possible. This involved working with people living in their own homes who had a broad range of medical, functional, and social problems. Caroline is currently working as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, developing a new pre-registration MSc course for Occupational Therapy.
Susan Laurie is an author and mental health advocate, specifically relating to alcohol issues and alcohol dependence. Following university, she had a successful career in marketing in the pharmaceutical industry and was then an entrepreneur with her own company, before succumbing to a serious drinking problem. This escalated to a life-threatening situation, despite many attempts at familiar interventions including counselling, rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous. After her recovery, she wrote the book ‘From Rock Bottom To Sober Forever’, which has provided inspiration and hope to thousands of people and has been praised for the exceptional account of the stealth-like progression of addiction. Susan contributed to the House of Lords Commission on Alcohol Harm and has written blogs for the Alcohol Health Alliance and Alcohol Change UK. She is a frequent guest on alcohol related podcasts and recently hosted a meeting for Public Policy Exchange where MPs and experts on alcohol harm discussed alcohol dependence and misuse. She was also recognised as a ‘Woman of The Year’ in 2020.
Renato Masetti is currently the Drug and Alcohol Trainer for Health Outreach, Essex NHS Trust, co-ordinating and developing training opportunities in the field of substance misuse. He has been training in the field for over 20 years delivering his own unique and engaging training style to the Suffolk Workforce. Ren is a qualified teacher and has a background teaching both adults and young people in a variety of settings. He has a certificate in Addictive Behaviour from St Georges Medical School and a Certificate in Relationship Psychotherapy from Thames Valley University, and in 2007 was awarded the Tom Waller Harm Reduction Award. Ren has a special interest in New Psychoactive Substances and has presented papers at various conferences across the country on this subject, including The National Safer Injecting Conference in Glasgow. He has also provided training for DDN the national magazine and has recently delivered courses in Sheffield for the Salvation Army and the NDTMS in London.
Mike has worked in the alcohol field for over 30 years as a provider, service manager and commissioner. He is the organisation’s consultant and trainer providing guidance and expertise across the alcohol treatment spectrum. A particular interest is the Blue Light project which he developed to improve the response to change resistant, dependent drinkers.

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