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.
Charles Owen-Conway, Chairman of Trustees
Charles is an experienced corporate adviser. He worked in senior roles at NatWest (Royal Bank of Scotland), which included a secondment to government and as head of corporate banking in the Thames Valley.
Since leaving RBS in 2000 he has held non-executive roles in recruitment, housebuilding, health clubs and was appointed Chairman of Clydesdale Bank Thames Valley and Milton Keynes Area. Having been a member of the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Standards Committee, he was then appointed to Chair the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board a role he occupied for six years. In that role he became directly involved in the Saville Enquiry the aftermath of which he still describes as one of the most sobering roles he has ever undertaken.
Charles’ knowledge of leadership, change management and team-based performance improvement have been crucial in shaping developing businesses and he is looking forward to using those skills in helping DrugFam to move forward in the next phase of its development.
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.
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.