Our Trustees and the Druglink Team
Our Board of Trustees are a group of volunteers responsible for making sure the charity is running well and is doing what it was set up to do. They meet regularly with the Senior Management Team and other members of staff.
David Swarbrick (Chair) - Trustee since 2011
David began work in 1977 as a toxicologist within the Pharmaceutical industry. After two years he moved into clinical research and then obtained a number of different positions within the industry leading eventually to the position of Vice-President, Europe with ConvaTec (a division of Bristol-Myers Squib - a large American company). Having left ConvaTec he became a partner in a small Marketing/Public Relations company in Wokingham. David decided to retire from full-time paid employment in 2010 and in 2013 graduated from the Open University with an honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He first became involved with charitable activities in 1999 when he became a trustee with the Swan Youth Project in Berkhamsted (of which he is currently still Chair). In 2011 he became a trustee for Druglink, and in 2014 was asked to assume a part-time executive role.
Rosemary Farmer - Trustee since 2011
Rosemary worked for 25 years in the City of London both as an investment and corporate commercial banker, leaving the City in 1999 when she set up as a consultant working with economic development agencies in the UK and US. She later made a career move to work as Research and Information Officer, Drugs & Alcohol for Joint Commissioning (Joint Hertfordshire County Council and NHS Services), while also writing annual needs assessments in respect of drug and alcohol misuse treatment. In 2009 Rosemary retired in order to concentrate on public and voluntary service. She is currently serving as Harpenden Town Mayor for the third time (previously 2009/10 and 2013/14). She served as a Town Councillor on Harpenden Town Council form 2007 – 2015. In 2012 she was elected to St Albans City & District Council and currently chairs the St Albans Health & Wellbeing Partnership. In 2015 she became an appointed governor of the Herts Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and is Chairman of The Harpenden Day Centre Association, alongside her role as Chairman of Druglink Ltd. When time allows, Rosemary has a wide range of interests including archaeology and history, theatre and classical music.
Fiona Guest - Trustee since 2011
Fiona is Dacorum Borough Council’s representative on Druglink. The Council appoints a councillor as a representative to Druglink because it gives funding to Druglink. Fiona represents Chaulden and Warners End ward in Hemel Hempstead and is able to act as a link between the Council and Druglink. She is a community pharmacist in her day job and in her professional practice deals with substance misusers being treated with methadone and buprenorphine. Her professional role gives her an understanding of drug misuse, its treatment and the need to address the wider issues facing substance misusers.
Padraig Dowd - Trustee since 2016
Padraig is a chartered accountant by profession and retired a few years ago from a long career in business. He joined as a Trustee early 2016 and wants to contribute to the sustainability and growth of Druglink to ensure that it continues its valuable work to impact the lives of many people, both now and in the future.
Kevin Cohen - Trustee since 2017
After leaving school at 16 Kevin was determined to experience the ‘real world’. He joined an established firm in the city as an office junior leading to a very successful career as a financial Money broker. His career has been built on strong relationships developed with clients and colleagues over a sustained period of mergers and acquisitions.
Geoff Rose - Trustee since 2017
Geoff is an experienced CEO within the pharmaceutical and private healthcare Industry, with additional expertise as Chair of large complex organisations in the Public and Third sectors. In all his roles, Geoff has held a passion for being user focused and improving the quality and design of health and social care services for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. He was appointed by the CQC in October 2013 as a Special advisor in the field of mental health and learning disability. Geoff was Chair of Dimensions UK, and Chair of Harrow NHS Primary Care Trust. He has worked on the Boards of a number of other NHS Trusts and most recently joined West London Mental Health NHS Trust.
Ray Knowles - Trustee since 2018
After leaving Liverpool university with a BSc Hons in biology, Ray trained as an Accountant with Arthur Andersen then moved into the pharmaceutical industry with Searle/Monsanto. He worked on the client side in various roles from Product manager to Managing Director. Ray set up a communications and advertising group specialising in the medical and Healthcare sectors which he sold in 1995. He has since worked as a consultant and mentor to the industry as well as setting up a mezzanine investment fund for property developers. More relevantly to Druglink he currently owns and lets a number of properties in the South East
Useful contacts from the Druglink Team
Sarah Clark - joint chief executive
With over 20 years' experience of both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Sarah is responsible for the finance and administration management of the organisation along with the strategic management of Druglink's commercial activities; Social Enterprises, Training and the Diversion Schemes. Sarah is responsible for providing Executive Leadership as Joint Chief Executive, along with performing duties as Director of Financial and Commercial Operations.
derek heath - joint chief executive
With 12 years’ experience providing services to an adult client group with complex needs Derek is responsible for the strategic management of drug and alcohol services delivered by Druglink. Derek is responsible for providing Executive Leadership as Joint Chief Executive, along with performing duties as Care and Support Director.
T: 01442 800 918
T: 07710 714 971
Coffee Ethic/ Social Enterprise
T: 07710 091 609
Diversion Scheme/ Training
T: 01442 800 917