DrugFAM’s team of trustees bring extensive knowledge and experience of the financial, legal, educational and commercial sectors. They ensure that the charity is run in a responsible manner and complies with all legislative requirements.
Professor John Clarke
Chair of Trustees
I am a Registered Nurse with over twenty-five years’ experience working in the NHS and in higher education. Throughout my career I have focused on ensuring healthcare professionals have the right knowledge and skills to deliver the very best care. After attending DrugFAM’s Service of Celebration and Hope at Westminster Abbey in June 2017 and hearing the many stories of people whose lives have been touched by DrugFAM I was compelled to volunteer. Addiction can have a devastating effect on families and carers and DrugFAM offers an incredible combination of support and education that has a positive impact on a daily basis. I am delighted to have been invited to join DrugFAM as a Trustee and look forward to working with the team and contributing to the continued work of the charity.
Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, MBE
As the founder of DrugFAM I have fulfilled a number of roles since 2006. I had the privilege of being the CEO of DrugFAM from 2012-2015 but stepped down to join the board of trustees. As well as sitting on the board I continue to volunteer for the charity in two main roles; client support through the helpline, support groups and one-to-one meetings and awareness raising through giving educational talks in schools, prisons and at performances of the play
The governance of the charity is extremely important to me because, like all my fellow trustees, I want to see the charity grow and flourish to serve the needs of all those who reach out to us for support. I like to use my specific skills as both founder and trustee to both spread the word about our responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
I feel very proud to be a member of the board of trustees and I will always strive to ensure that DrugFAM remains true to its aims and objectives in memory of my son whose story gave birth to DrugFAM.
Belinda Knight is a specialist criminal lawyer, proving representation through the criminal justice system. Belinda became a trustee of DrugFAM after a long history of involvement with the charity dating back to when Elizabeth Burton-Phillips late son, Nicholas Mills required legal representation. Belinda supported Elizabeth in the early days of the charity opening when considering opening a new support group in the Berkshire area. Belinda is keen to be involved in the charity as she is passionate about making a difference. Belinda is conscientious and diligent regarding financial matters and ensuring DrugFAM provides value, without losing quality of services
Isobel Morrow MBE
Isobel Morrow MBE
I was a member of The Independent Monitoring Board at Reading YOI Prison for 15 years, 4 of which I was Chair. The IMB monitors the day to day running of the prison and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Many of the young men in prison were there because of drug related crimes and I was passionate that more should be done to educate them of the harm drugs can do to them and their families. After Elizabeth came to talk to the prisoners at my suggestion in 2009, it was obvious they had never thought about the damage they were doing to themselves and family.
In a previous life I was a lay Assessor for Oxfordshire County Council inspecting Childrens Homes, a secondary school Governor for 15 years, and a member of the British Red Cross for 20 years working at a Sue Ryder Hospice.
I am currently still self- employed after 20 years of working for The Safeguarding of Children Complaints Team for Oxfordshire County council as an Independent Person. I am also a Trustee of an Educational Trust, a role I have been doing for 2 years.
I received The MBE for Services to the Community in the Thames Valley in 2012.
People from all walks of life can be affected by a loved one’s substance misuse and it can be devastating on them. Throughout my career within the public sector I have been brought into contact with the impact that substance misuse can have on the individual, their friends and family and the wider community. I fully support the DrugFAM ethos and how the group have helped many people at the most devastating and vulnerable times of their life. I am delighted to support DrugFAM, they offer a lifeline to so many peopleand much needed charity.
Andrew McBarnett FCMA CGMA is an experienced entrepreneurial finance professional, Fellow CIMA qualified, with a background in telecoms, aviation, pharmaceuticals and start-ups. He has a proven history of successfully delivering strategic solutions to business issues across a broad breadth of organisation and market sector.
Andrew is a fully qualified Fellow Chartered Management Accountant and launched his current business, AMB Associates Limited, in 2003. He is qualified in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Sports Psychology has spent over 20 years successfully coaching companies and individuals to achieve their goals.
He is also passionate about inspiring people to realise their true potential. His mission is to improve the lives of 1 million people. Andrew recently launched an Online University to combine entrepreneurship with charitable giving and he donates 10% of all sales proceeds from this venture to Pencils of Promise where he plans to build a school in Africa
In 2015 I had the privilege of seeing Elizabeth speak at a charity dinner, she ignited something in me. I offered her what we all feel so short of, my time.
My passion is positive behavioural change. Any opportunity to change how people think or increase their awareness, with a focus on a more positive future is what I enjoy. I support DrugFAM because they are on a mission to help people understand, accept, deal with and overcome the stigma associated to addiction. Families are the hidden challenge and need as much support, protection and advice as those suffering with addiction