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.

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.
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.

Jane joined Alcohol Change UK in January 2022 to manage our Consultancy and Training services, ensuring that as many practitioners and services as possible who provide support and treatment to people with alcohol problems are able to benefit from our training support.

Jane brings with her 21 years' experience in the charity sector, having undertaken a variety of roles at different UK charities including providing fundraising and service development consultancy to small charities and managing national training and support services.

Jane spends her spare time running - not only marathons but also after her two teenage boys.

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.

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.

Ailar joined Alcohol Change UK in January 2022. She brings nearly a decade’s worth of policy and influencing experience, having worked for an MP and national charities Breast Cancer Now and Versus Arthritis. She is responsible for developing the charity’s evidence base on alcohol harm through our research and policy work. Ailar also leads on our influencing work, making sure that the government hears the voices of those impacted by alcohol harm through our amazing network of campaigners, and targeted public affairs activities to make sure that we are affecting alcohol policy in a meaningful way.

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.
Eli joined Alcohol Change UK in November 2021. Part of the Comms team, Eli works on website updates, blog edits, campaigns and supporting people with our Try Dry app. Eli has previously worked in trusts and grants fundraising and facilitating creative workshops for community groups.

Jaynee joined Alcohol Change UK as Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer in November 2021, helping to manage our Charity of the Year and Dry January partnerships programme.

Jaynee brings over 10 years of fundraising experience previously working for Kew Foundation, Bipolar UK, Marie Curie and the British Heart Foundation.

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 worked for over 18 years in the alcohol sector. She is an experienced. Alcohol Change UK consultant, working with the charity since 2009. Lauren specialises in supporting the private sector to reduce alcohol-related harm and promote employee wellbeing. Her clients include British Telecom, Allianz Global, the Royal Navy and Eversheds Sutherland. Lauren also regularly advises firms on the development and implementation of effective alcohol policies and supporting employees with alcohol problems. She is a qualified alcohol treatment practitioner and has extensive experience as an addiction counsellor. She is also a passionate advocate for recovery coaching and wellbeing promotion and helps businesses of all sizes to minimise the impact of alcohol on their workforce. She has advised the government on the development of a model alcohol policy for employers and is an experienced speaker at national wellbeing events. Lauren is also a highly effective trainer, delivering courses on all aspects of alcohol, health and wellbeing.
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 Ward is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Change UK. He comes from a social work background and was working in alcohol outreach in the 1980s in London. He founded and led Surrey’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was also formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services. Mike is now a full-time consultant and trainer and has worked in the substance misuse/mental health field for over thirty years. He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and is one of the two key drivers behind the Blue Light project which has won both a Guardian Public Service Award and a Royal Society for Public Health Award. Mike has been asked to undertake a number of Safeguarding Adult Reviews (under s44 of the Care Act) by local authority Safeguarding Adult Boards. These reviews look at learning lessons from the deaths of clients who are already the focus of his work.
James has worked with adults and children in substance use treatment, children in care, youth offending and in social care. He has provided substance misuse training across young people’s services. James completed his master’s degree in social work and worked as a Children’s Social Worker in Derby and Derbyshire. James is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and has delivered across a range of services and areas including Substance Misuse, Children’s Services (Social Care and Multi-agency Teams) and Youth Offending Teams. James Lectured in Health and Social Care before setting up as a Freelance Motivational Interviewing and Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer. His 22 years working with Children, Young People and their families across 5 Local Authorities, has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience which he now brings to life in training. At the heart of his approach to training is his compassionate approach and the belief that a collaborative approach to working with people to affect change in their lives works best.
Mark Holmes BSc, RMN, SPMH has been a mental health nurse for over 25 years. In his career he has developed services in community treatment, hospital alcohol liaison, Brief Treatment, alcohol related long term conditions, digital healthcare, and end of life care. Mark was being twice awarded Nursing Times Awards; The Mental Health Nurse of the Year in 2012 and LTC Team of the year 2016. He currently is employed as a hepatology nurse specialist. He co-authored ACUK's Blue Light Project and has had over 20 publications. He has been a member of many expert panels including at the WHO and currently sits on PHE expert group for alcohol treatment, NHS Alcohol Working Group, Alcohol Care Teams Steering group (ACTION). He is currently part of the project team overseeing our national Cognitive Impairment in Dependent Drinkers project.
Dave is an author, motivational speaker and sobriety coach. From the very start of his own sobriety journey he made the decision to chart his experiences on social media and @soberdave was born. Dave feels passionately that by speaking as honestly as he can about the highs and lows of sobriety it will hopefully encourage others who may be sober or sober curious to do the same. He hosts the top 10 apple podcast ‘One for the road’ and is a qualified Grey Area Drinking coach.

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