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.
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.
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.
I am Elizabeth’s son and have been part of the Charity since its birth in 2006. After my twin brother took his own life in 2004 because of his heroin addiction, I was utterly devastated. I pledged to myself, my family and my brother that his death would not be in vein.
In 2004, I helped mum to write the book “Mum, can you lend me twenty quid”. This explains what drugs can do to a family. This book reached out to so many other desperate families suffering in silence and in need of support that we felt we had to do more to help. So, in 2006 the Nicholas Mills Foundation ‘DrugFAM’ was born. Since the birth of the charity I have helped in a voluntary capacity ensuring that the IT infrastructure was in place to support the charities needs, as well as working with all the staff and volunteers to help raise funds and promote the good that is being achieved through the charity.
I am passionate that Nick’s legacy will continue to support and help, for many years to come, the thousands of families out there that suffer with a loved one’s addiction. In 2018, I was asked to become a Trustee. My main objectives in this role is to help steer the strategy and to help DrugFAM become a sustainable resource for public use.
As well as being a successful entrepreneur in the digital/internet sector. Daren has also worked (on the ground) with several charities across the world including Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Indonesia.
In the UK Daren has given speeches to recovering addicts and served as Innovation Director of The Media Trust.
Daren has held senior leadership roles with the BBC, advised former governments and the CBI in areas of social and business change in the digital age.
An accomplished public speaker, proven strategist, and high-level networker. Daren will develop and lead a new fundraising strategy for us at DrugFam with a strong digital influence.
Daren has three grown-up sons aged 31, 26 and 18 and is looking forward to becoming a grandparent sometime soon.
Elizabeth’s book ‘Mum, can you lend me twenty quid? What drug did to my family’ helped transform my attitude and outlook to life. Being in recovery for some years I never actually took on board the catastrophic consequences that my actions had on my family and friends. After meeting Elizabeth several times I felt that I needed to step up and take responsibility to help other families, the result is that I have been a Trustee of The Nicholas Mills Foundation (DrugFAM) for several years and long may I continue to serve.