Speaker bios

Huseyin Djemil: Director, Green Apple Consulting Ltd & Founder, Towards Recovery

Huseyin Djemil is in recovery from addiction.  He set up Green Apple Consulting Ltd, a specialist substance misuse consultancy in 2009.

He is a passionate advocate of recovery “because life really does get better when you’re off drugs and in control of your own destiny”

Towards Recovery was set up in 2012 to help develop a visible Recovery community in the Henley area and its first initiative, the monthly Recovery café, provides a safe space for those in recovery from addiction and those affected by someone else’s addiction / recovery journey.

Huseyin has worked in the addictions field since 1993, from volunteer, drug worker, service manager, DAAT manager, and as London area drug strategy coordinator for the 7-London prisons.

Huseyin works with a range of organisations including several charities, government depts, universities, local authorities, religious institutions, think-tanks, a London wide consortia of organisations and other consultancies.

Wendy Dawson: CEO,
The Ley Community
is a residential drug/alcohol therapeutic community rehab in Oxfordshire. She has worked in the drug and alcohol field since 1981, as a practitioner for many years in the north east before moving to Oxford to take up post as Director of Services for YWCA GB, then as the first Chief Executive of Connexions North London, National Director of YAP UK in Brixton, Hackney and Haringey.

She was formerly the developer and lead lecturer at Ruskin College, Oxford’s Foundation Degree in Youth and Community work. Wendy has also specialised in adults with learning disabilities.

Colin Powell, SMART RecoveryColin Powell is a plumber-come-handyman from Aylesbury.  His previous careers span such diverse activities as mechanic and national security manager.

Now in long-term recovery, he finds himself getting more and more involved in the world of Recovery, to the extent that as well as facilitating meetings, he is now part of the SRUK “Big Team”, and a national facilitator trainer.

Mark Gilman: Strategic Recovery Lead, Substance Misuse, Public Health England

Mark is developing ways in which the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach to recovery can be described in commissioning intentions and implemented in practice.

He believes that the three most important issues to address in improving health and wellbeing are jobs, homes and friends. In some parts of the country, jobs are easier to get than homes. In other parts of the country homes are easier to find than jobs.

People with substance misuse problems (including ‘Alcoholics’ and ‘Addicts’) can find friends immediately by engaging with mutual aid groups in the form of SMART Recovery and Twelve Step Fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Treflyn Lloyd-Roberts, International Substance Abuse & Addictions Coalition (ISAAC)Treflyn Lloyd-Roberts: International Substance Abuse & Addictions Coalition (ISAAC)
SAAC is an international network of Christians working in rehabilitation, street agencies, counselling and prevention in nearly 70 countries. We connect, encourage and equip members by sharing knowledge, hosting events and facilitating training in addiction-related issues.


Andy Partington: CEO, Yeldall Manor Andy Partington: CEO, Yeldall Manor

Andy came to Yeldall in 2010 from a background in university teaching and church leadership. His most recent post was in Santa Cruz, Bolivia – a centre for cocaine production and trafficking. Andy has a unique perspective on the world of residential rehabilitation, having spent his childhood living on-site at Yeldall Manor

Kathy Gyngell: Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)Kathy Gyngell: Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

Kathy’s concern with drug abuse stems from her research for two Centre for Policy Study reports. She has researched and authored the Addictions reports for Breakdown and Breakthrough Britain, the Conservative Party’s 2007 Social Justice Policy Review. Her recent reports, The Phoney War on Drugs (CPS, 2009) and Breaking the Habit: why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab (CPS, 2011) have attracted widespread media coverage and attention. She researches, writes and is media commentator on a range of social policy issues – including family, gender, employment and childcare.