Hope UK is a membership charity with a Board of 10 Trustees, each of whom serves for 3 years before being subject to re-election at the Annual General Meeting. In addition, the AGM appoints annually a Chairman and Honorary Treasurer who are members of the Board. The Trustees include individuals from business, the NHS, education, church and voluntary sector backgrounds. Hope UK currently has nearly 500 members.
Chairman – Andy Lawley
Andy is a pharmacist working full time as a Pharmacy Manager. He is also a Hope UK Voluntary Drug Educator who works with schools, church groups and other charities looking to bring good quality, balanced, drug education to children and adults. He was elected Chairman in April 2015.
Honorary Treasurer – Christina Becares
Christina has worked in finance for 20 years and is currently a Cost Assurance Manager in a Communications company. She has been a voluntary Drug Educator for 13 years and has a deep love for the work of Hope UK.
Trustee – John Campbell
John has been an Elim Pentecostal Church minister for 36 years and has served at Whitehaven for the last 18 years. He is a director of Starting Point, a rehabilitation support project that meets in his church. He has been a Hope UK Drug Educator for 7 years.
Trustee – Denias Chihwai
Denias is a qualified teacher and has experience of working with overseas international charities. He has a Masters Degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University of California and another Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University of Michigan. He has been a Hope UK Drug Educator since 2007.
Trustee – Ann Galbraith
Ann worked in Drug and Alcohol Treatment services for many years before retiring. She has training and assessment skills as a social work practice teacher and an NVQ assessor. Ann has been a Hope UK voluntary Drug Educator for 9 years and also works as our Southampton Project Worker.
Trustee – Josephine Hart
Josephine has worked with people in prison struggling with addiction and has studied this at various levels including the “Life for the World” course in care and counselling, in substance misuse at Gloucester University, and has an MA in Criminology from Birmingham City University where her dissertation was centred on addiction and resettlement. She has been a voluntary Drug Educator for 11 years.
Trustee – Patricia Howell
Patricia is the founder and Managing Director of Lite-Waves Therapeutic Education; she is experienced and qualified in the area of community development and counselling. She has a BA (hons) degree in Informal and Community Education and completed an Infant Observation study with the British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP). She has also worked with families, young people and linked agencies in different capacities for over 20 years as a mentor, drug educator, counsellor, family worker, and parent support advisor. Patricia has been a Hope UK voluntary Drug Educator since 2004.
Trustee – Nab Mills-Robertson
Nab is a church leader with experience of voluntary work in drug rehabilitation. He has been a Hope UK voluntary Drug Educator for just over 2 years.
Trustee – Sharon Murphy
Sharon has worked as a General Practice nurse with people affected by substance misuse. Her experiences made her realise that she had to do something about helping young people avoid being in such a situation. She has been a Hope UK voluntary Drug Educator for nearly 14 years and is currently also Hope UK’s Project Worker in the North of England.
Trustee – Kate Sandison
Kate is an actor who has also been a Hope UK voluntary Drug Educator since 2008, working in schools and colleges, at Junior Citizen events speaking to dozens of young people each day, as well as representing Hope UK at various events and exhibitions.
Sarah , Chief Executive Officer
Sarah has led Hope UK since May 2009 and is a qualified trainer and experienced youth leader. She is responsible for the development over the last twenty-two years of Hope UK’s Voluntary Drug Educator Training Programme which is accredited with the Open College Network. She has a BA(Hons) in History.
Marolin, Business Manager
Marolin’s role encompasses Governance, Human Resources, and the Fundraising and Marketing activities of Hope UK. She also acts as the Press Officer. She has been with Hope UK for 23 years in various capacities.
Debbie, Admin Assistant (Educators)
Debbie fulfils a key role in being the connection between clients and Educators. In particular, she coordinates bookings for Educators – both staff and volunteers.
Angella is responsible for the day to day accounting functions of Hope UK and also assists Paul with ICT issues. She has worked with Hope UK for over 25 years.
Youth Development Worker
Hannah Luke is responsible for developing Hope UK’s youth branch, Generation Hope, by recruiting new members, organising and co-ordinating activities and supporting existing GH members. She is an experienced youth worker who took up her post in October 2015.
Local Project Workers:
These are part-time workers who help Hope UK develop and support teams of voluntary Drug Educators in local areas, linking them with opportunities to provide drug education and undertaking sessions themselves when volunteers are unavailable. They also work to raise the profile of Hope UK’s drug prevention work and find local sources of funding.
Ann is the part-time Local Project Worker for Southampton. She has recruited a few voluntary Drug Educators from the Southampton/Poole/Bournemouth area who recently completed their training. She supports them as well as providing drug education in the Southampton area.
Ian is the part-time local Project Worker for Watford, Leicester and Sheffield . He was responsible for recruiting the team of Drug Educators in Watford and continues to support them by linking them up to speaking opportunities and coordinating their activities. He is currently helping to train volunteers in Leicester.
Rachael is the part-time Local Worker for Northamptonshire. She delivers drug and lifeskills education for children and young people as well as training for professionals. Supporting the local voluntary Drug Educators is also part of her role.
Sharon is the part-time Project Worker for the North West of England. She supports Hope UK’s Educators there and is recruiting new volunteers as well as providing drug education.
HQ staff support Drug Educators throughout the UK.