Paul Rompani

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has more than 25 years’ senior management experience in the charitable not for profit sector focusing predominantly on health and youth development including as CEO of Mentor International, which has implemented projects in over 80 countries to prevent drug use and substance abuse. During this period he was a member of the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs, a Board member and Treasurer of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs and a speaker at a variety of international meetings and events including the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs and the UNODC Technical Consultation on the Evaluation of Drug Prevention.

He has undertaken numerous voluntary and representative roles in the sector and is currently a trustee of Apollo Music Projects and The Skateboarding Foundation. He has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics and is an alumnus of the Henley Business School Leadership Programme and a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Experienced Leader Programme.

Paul has two sons, aged 18 and 16 and lives in Reading. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, running in the countryside and riding his motorbike, on sunny days.

“I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with the trustees, volunteers and staff of DrugFAM to develop its capacity to provide a lifeline to more families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and those who have been bereaved by substance misuse”

Heather Cameron


After working for HMRC for 26 years, I was missing the companionship of colleagues and the team spirit I had been part of for so many years. Previous volunteering experience had included the early days of Parentline. I came across DrugFAM and saw the amazing support and empathy they give to families of those in addiction and I started to undertake voluntary administrative tasks.
I am honoured to have been invited to join the team with a more formal role to support and raise awareness of DrugFAM and all they do.

Natalie Archer ACA

Finance & Fundraising Manager

Natalie is a chartered accountant who qualified with PriceWaterhouseCoopers specialising in audit, compliance and financial reporting. She has worked in a variety of organisations, including two other charities, and is honoured to bring her experience to her role as Finance Manager at DrugFAM.

Natalie joined DrugFAM in April 2020 and is already enjoying being part of such a dedicated, compassionate team. Every task, however, small, is important because it matters to her colleagues and ultimately to the charity’s clients. DrugFAM’s work is crucial both in local communities and nationwide, and Natalie has been impressed by how quickly the charity adapts to meet new challenges.

Gill Owen-Conway BEM

Bereavement Support Worker and Helpline Training Facilitator

I was previously a Samaritan for 16 years and met Elizabeth after she was invited to speak at a meeting held by the Chiltern branch where I had been Director for three years. During that time, I ran the training programme for the charity and was a public speaker on their behalf for over 10 years. I worked closely with the prison team in HMP Aylesbury Young Offenders establishing a listening scheme for distressed and suicidal prisoners.

After stepping down from the role of Director Elizabeth contacted me and I began as a volunteer for 5 hours a week listening on the phones and learning to support clients. Shortly after joining I was asked to facilitate the High Wycombe weekly support group and I still enjoy and fulfill this role today.

In 2018 I was asked if I would consider taking the post of Helpline manager, which involves completing the office and helpline rota each week making sure the line is manned at all times to offer the clients the service they need, selecting and training new volunteers plus providing support and supervision for established ones. I have also had the privilege of working closely with Elizabeth supporting many bereaved clients.

I am married with two grown up children and one granddaughter and live locally in Great Missenden.

My hobbies when I have time are gardening, the theatre, reading and travel.

Dawn Sear

Family Support Worker

My first contact with DrugFAM came several years ago, by which time I had spent many years trying to cope with the devastation of a family member affected by addiction and mental health issues. It was a lifeline for me and over time I was able to find a way of coping better and looking after my own wellbeing.

I’ve worked for the charity for a number of years, and have been a Family Support Worker since 2018. I could never have imagined that something good might come from my own experience but I’m fortunate to be part of an amazing team who truly do make a difference, one person at a time.


Peter Plaistowe

Family Support Worker

I joined DrugFAM as a volunteer in 2013, helping out with various administrative tasks in the office, before being asked to join the team on a part-time basis in 2014. I currently work three days a week covering the helpline, providing email and 1 to 1 support and doing some administrative work.

I qualified as an integrative humanistic counsellor in 2017 and in addition to my work at DrugFAM I volunteer as a general counsellor at a local agency. I have a strong interest in addiction and in particular the impact it has on the families and friends of the substance misuser.

Sandi Bloomfield

Family Support Worker

Sandi  joined DrugFAM’s team to seek to help those suffering the roller coaster journey of living with someone affected by substance and alcohol use. She is also a volunteer peer supporter for the Wandsworth Early Intervention Team.

Sandi has been inspired by the work of Elizabeth and the DrugFAM team and is proud to be a small link in the chain which supports and enables individuals and families to cope and move forward at a time in their lives surrounded by chaos and despair.

Beccy White

Beccy White

Family Support Worker
I joined the DrugFAM team as a Family Support Worker in March 2021. I have experienced addiction from all angles, I was a drug user myself in my late teens and 20s and then later was the partner of a heroin addict. During that time I read Elizabeth’s book ‘Mum can you lend me £20’ and was so inspired by it. I feel lucky to be working for the charity she founded.
I have been working in the field of addiction since 1998 and during that time I have mostly been working with and supporting those in active addiction. Having experienced the stress and helplessness of caring for someone caught up in addiction I understand the importance of services like DrugFAM, where families and carers have somewhere they can turn to and someone they can talk to who will understand, not judge, and can offer them a safe place to talk through their worries. Addicti0n destroys lives and not only the addict’s but all who care for them. However, I know first hand that recovery is possible for all involved and I am happy to be joining DrugFAM where I hope to share my experience and knowledge to help and bring hope to others.   
Belinda Slade

Belinda Slade

Family Support Worker
I work as an Early Years Educator, so DrugFAM is a far cry from my work with 2-4 year olds. I have found through parent partnership that we all lead different lives and not everyone has someone to help them.

I have had cancer twice, and after surviving breast cancer I set up my own Facebook support group and found that by talking to people about their problems (and mine) the healing is massive. So I now volunteer for the breast unit in High Wycombe, showing ladies waiting for reconstructions my new NHS boob. I have recently been nominated for a “Pride of Bucks” Award for my volunteering during COVID.

I feel privileged and proud to be accepted into the DrugFAM family and look forward to helping others as I have been on the side of needing support and having counselling after cancer.

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Karen Golden

Family Support Worker
My background has been in the nursing profession for over 25 years, which I enjoyed very much. I first became involved with DrugFAM several years ago, when I called the office in a somewhat desperate state following the discovery of a family member’s serious drug use.
The kindness, empathy and understanding I received from DrugFAM at this time was invaluable. I started attending a support group and with a mixture of the group, telephone and one-to-one counselling I found myself getting stronger little by little. DrugFAM helped me cope with a heartbreaking situation.
Now through my experience I help other families and give them the strength they need to carry on with their own lives. I employed as part time telephone support worker every week.  Prime Minister, Theresa May presented me with the “Point of Light Award” for voluntary services to DrugFAM in 2017. This was presented at Downing Street during a reception hosted by the PM in recognition of the charity’s achievements.
This award was introduced in the USA by President Obama and adopted by David Cameron when he was PM.
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