Board of Trustees 2011

Steve Cooke (The Nelson Trust) Chair

Steve has 26 years experience in drug and alcohol treatment services in both structured day treatment and residential rehabilitation settings. In 1985 Steve was part of the team that established ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency) in Bristol, he then trained as a counsellor in 1987 and returned to ARA initially as a counsellor, then became counselling team leader and eventually clinical manager. He moved to The Nelson Trust in 1996 as clinical team manager. In 1999 after management and finance training at Ashridge College Steve became involved in the management of the Trust and became Chief Executive in 2000.

Steve has designed and developed innovative new drug and alcohol treatment programmes integrating education, training and vocational programmes within the clinical setting. Initiated resettlement and supported housing programmes, including a floating support scheme for people completing treatment programmes. Special professional studies and interests are in the area of “organisational change within drug and alcohol treatment settings” and “developing integrated treatment programmes”.

He was also involved in the development of eATA. He has training experience in the following areas; transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling training and supervision, business and finance. Specialist qualifications: MSc Counselling training and supervision, Bristol University. Management and business training, Ashridge College.

Karen Biggs (Phoenix Futures)

Karen became the Chief Executive of Phoenix Futures in 2007. Phoenix Futures delivers recovery services for people with problematic drug and alcohol use. It operates in prison and community settings across England and Scotland. Phoenix Futures’ unique approach is informed by its origins as a self help organisation and is rooted in its commitment to empowering people with problematic substance misuses to take control of their own recovery. This is a principle that can be evidenced through all of their interventions whether aimed at reducing harm or achieving abstinence. Karen believes that organisations that deliver charitable aims have a responsibility to demonstrate the contribution they make to society as a whole and should achieve the highest standards of efficiency and effectiveness as any other sector. Karen is very proud of the work that Phoenix does, last year 737 people achieved long term recovery through accessing Phoenix services and many more took those first important steps through their recovery journey.

Before joining Phoenix Karen worked within the housing sector for supported and general needs housing organisations. She has an Msc in Housing from London School of Economics and a BA Honours in History from Stirling University and lives with her husband and son in London. Karen is passionate about working with people to realise their full potential and is continually inspired by the commitment and drive of her staff and those that use recovery services.

Brian Dudley BSc (Hons) MAAT (Broadway Lodge) Treasurer

Brian is 42-years-old, married with four children. He was born in Weston-super-Mare and still live locally. After attending the local comprehensive school, he started work at a company manufacturing rocket motors and missiles for the defence industry. During his 13 years there Brian progressed from purchase ledger clerk through to assistant Accountant.

To further his career he took a job with a local Housing Association and stayed for 11 years, progressing to Capital Accountant. Here he was directly responsible for the balance sheet of £400 million. During this time, Brian returned to studying as a mature student in his own time and obtained membership through qualifications to the Association of Accounting Technicians and an ACCA finalist. In 2003 he graduated from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Applied Accounting.

Brian then joined Broadway Lodge in September 2006 as Head of Finance and Company Secretary. In July 2007 he was appointed by the Board of Trustees to Chief Executive. He feels he can bring openness, honesty and a fresh look to the industry and he is very much enjoying the challenges to date. Brian is also presently involved with the Unity group.

Outside of work, Brian enjoy squash, cricket and golf and has spent nine years working as a youth worker.

Gina Dormer (Broadreach House)

Gina has recently taken up the post of Chief Executive of Broadreach House, a drug and alcohol charity based in Devon, providing residential and day care services.

Gina has worked within the private, public and also third sectors, and for the past five years has had responsibility for managing and commissioning a range of services in drugs/alcohol and community safety for the North Somerset Crime and Drugs Reduction Partnership. Gina has a wealth of partnership experience and a passion for establishing, developing and improving services to benefit communities.

Her career began with the health service in HIV/AIDS Counselling in the 1980s, and throughout her career she has successfully implemented a range of multi-agency initiatives, including services for sex workers, young people, and most recently she has led the design of an innovative accreditation scheme for drug and alcohol treatment providers. She is committed to involving service users and carers in the design and delivery of services and brings a fresh perspective to her new role with Broadreach House, as well as a valuable insight into commissioning in the drug and alcohol field. She holds post graduate qualifications in management and health promotion.

Richard Johnson (ANA Treatment Centres) Vice-Chair

Richard Johnson is Executive Director of ANA Treatment Centres in Portsmouth, Hampshire. ANA provides Primary and Secondary residential treatment for those reliant on drugs, alcohol and gambling from its various centres. ANA also provides resettlement packages and a local Family & Carer Support Group.

Richard has worked as an HR and organisational development specialist for the past 16 years. He began as a staff development officer for Durham County Council Social Services Department, working across departments. He then joined the IODA Consulting Group where he worked across the UK and overseas for five years with numerous public, private and third sector organisations. During this time, Richard developed specialist knowledge in senior management development and equality and diversity.

More recently, Richard joined Birmingham Professional DiverCity as Executive Director. BPD is a third sector equality and diversity consulting company, working predominantly in the professional and financial services sector across Birmingham. In 1998, Richard authored the How To Get A Management NVQ series of textbooks, published by Letts Publications.

Richard has a BA (Hons) Degree in Business and Marketing, holds many memberships with professional bodies including FDAP, IOD, CIPD, CMI and ILM. Richard became a Trustee and board member of eATA in 2006. He has been working in the drugs and alcohol field since 1995, initially in the public sector, then on a consulting basis, assisting in policy development and training. Richard joined ANA Treatment Centres in 2005.

Anthony Massouras (Mimosa Healthcare Ltd)

Anthony Massouras is the founder, owner and chief executive of Mimosa Healthcare, an independent provider of specialist care primarily for the elderly that has 32 (1500 beds) care homes in England. He is also the founder of a chain of residential rehab centres for people suffering from alcohol dependence called the Linwood Group which is the country’s fastest growing specialist provider exclusively treating alcohol dependencies. The three centres within this group are unique in that they treat alcohol dependence and do not mix the treatment of alcoholism with other addiction treatments.

Anthony is a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network and Chairman of the Addiction Recovery Foundation, publishers of “Addiction Today” and conveners of the three-day UK Symposium on Addictive Disorders (UKESAD) held in London every May. He is also an Associate Member of the Medical Council on Alcohol and in December 2008 participated as a speaker at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse Inquiry into the future of Alcohol Treatment Services.

In March 2009, Mimosa Healthcare will open a new clinic specializing in treating people with addiction to Benzodiazepines and other prescription drugs in the Birmingham area. Additionally a pilot “day care” project in partnership with Nottingham City PCT and A.P.A.S. has just been opened in Nottingham to provide abstinence based day care treatment. The aim is to provide a national, outcome based cost effective service for people addicted to alcohol who are seeking recovery from their addiction and a return to normal living. The day care programme will be the subject of a university-run cost and outcome study and the intention is to use this programme as a platform to expand similar services across England.

Angela Clarke (Somewhere House)

Angie Clarke set up Somewhere House in 2006 which she now manages as one of the three Directors of Somewhere House.

Angie has over 24 years of experience working with addiction. 15 years of this time has been working in the acute and community mental health teams. Angie specialises in working with survivors of sexual abuse and addiction; she has also worked alongside the local drugs team. Her qualifications extend to a post graduate in professional counselling and she is also an accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Angie has shared her knowledge in the field by training staff throughout the country for a variety of organisations including the Richmond Fellowship, Somerset Partnership, Tulip Housing and many more.

Outside of the office Angie has a busy life with three grown up children, five horses, four dogs, a cat and a grandchild on the way!


  • Lord Mancroft
  • Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
  • Lady Gosling
  • Hon. David Bernstein
  • Eva Rausing
  • Rick Ohrstrom

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