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”
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.
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.
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.
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.