Meet the speakers

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Meet the speakers for our national online conference on Opening Doors: ensuring access for all to alcohol support.

Online conference

Thursday 2 March 2023


Lucy works to address violence against women and girls and has particular specialisms in multiple disadvantage, trauma-informed practice and expert-by-experience participation. She is one of the co-founders of activist group Sisters Uncut.
Iman is Director of Tell MAMA, which supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. She leads inter-faith, conflict-resolution and anti-extremism projects in the UK and the Middle East.
Dan is a proud Scouser and was elected as Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton in 2017. He has spoken in the House of Commons about his struggles with own alcohol problems and about the support he received from those around him.
Louise has a clinical background in public health nursing and her academic work is focussed on health inequalities. Her recent work has been on the health and healthcare use of vulnerable groups such as migrants; Gypsies, Roma and Travellers; and people with mental health problems.
Sarah is a Professor of Social Research and Substance Use at Manchester Metropolitan University and founded and co-lead the Substance Use and Associated Behaviours (SUAB) Research Group there. She also has expertise in the fields of domestic abuse, end-of-life care and engagement with minority ethnic communities.
Gary leads the work of Glasgow Council on Alcohol. He has significant experience in health and social care, with a particular focus on recovery-driven services, and has worked for a number of national and local charities, local authorities, and private businesses.
As well as being chair of the trustees of Alcohol Change UK, Fiyaz is a well-known expert and speaker on community cohesion and anti-extremism. He founded Faith Matters and Tell MAMA, and is a strong advocate for Muslim-Jewish dialogue.
Shannon is a Research Assistant at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, and is currently researching LGBT experiences of substance use and treatment.
Peter is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. He has many years’ experience in social care, mental health, community social work and child protection.
Menna is currently undertaking work, funded by Alcohol Change UK, into Gypsie, Roma and Traveller people’s experiences of alcohol. She also researches people’s relationship with food, including overeating and the role of impulsivity in obesity.
Melissa is the author of Sobering: Lessons Learnt the Hard Way on Drinking, Thinking and Quitting and is one half of successful BBC Radio 5 Live podcast Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts. She is dedicated to raising awareness of addiction and recovery through her work as a trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and an advisor to the Alcohol Health Alliance.
Yaina has worked in private, public and third sector organisations in Wales and Sierra Leone. She is currently working for Adferiad in South Wales to improve access to mental health and substance use support for people from minority ethnic communities, and was involved in developing the Welsh Government’s Anti-racist Wales Action Plan.
Sharon is Director of Arc Research and Consultancy, a research company specialising in projects in the field of resilience.

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