Ian is an experienced businessman who has spent his career within the retail industry having been involved with a number of well-known UK companies. Since retiring as Group Managing Director of Fiskars Brands UK Ian has founded an online retail company based in the West Country.
Alongside his role as Chair of The Board of Trustees for EDP Ian is a trustee of the St John Ambulance County Priory Group, a fundraiser for Children with Cancer UK and Chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Trade.
Ian is keenly aware of the impact problematic drug & alcohol use has on the individual, their family and friends, and the wider community, which is why he believes the work EDP does is so very worthwhile.
As Chair, Ian sees his role as helping and supporting EDP to achieve its aims and objectives in every respect alongside their central belief in the ability of all people to change and make a positive difference.
Janet Bilbie is EDP’s Treasurer, having served on the Finance & Audit Committee for 2 years. She holds the FCA accountancy qualification which she gained in professional practice, and subsequently worked in senior positions in the private and charity sectors.
Before she retired, Janet was Director of Finance at The Dulwich Estate, a charity in South London, and brings to the Board experience of sound financial management and strategic planning within the charity environment.
Jim Gilbert works as a Consultant at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Hospiscare for whom he was Medical Director between 1992 and 2017. He was responsible for clinical governance and acted as Responsible Officer for two additional southwest hospice organisations. He has taught at University of Exeter Medical School since its inception.
Tim is “semi-retired” from a career providing strategic leadership and delivering change in complex organisations, including publicly traded and privately held companies, NGO’s and charities, higher education and governmental bodies. He remains a director with Sustainable Leadership, Ltd., which has a particular emphasis on supporting 3rd sector organisations, sustainability projects and building community capital. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Prince’s Foundation and Managing Director of Community Capital, Ltd., a sustainable development property advisory company and the Foundations wholly owned trading subsidiary. Prior to this, he was a director and / or partner with consulting firms that operated in Europe and the Americas. Tim has served as a trustee or non-executive director with charities and companies in the USA, as well as here in the UK.
Tim holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Studies from Pitzer College, The Claremont Colleges, California; and a Masters (with distinction) in Leadership Studies from the University of Exeter.
Carl is a CIMA qualified accountant with many years’ experience working as a finance professional in the not-for-profit sector. He has worked in the health and education sectors, and predominantly in the charity sector in cancer research and housing charities. He is currently Head of Finance at Shelter, the national campaign for homeless people, overseeing continuous improvement in all aspects of financial support within the organisation. Carl is passionate about social justice and believes everyone in society deserves a chance to lead their best possible life. Having recently relocated to Exeter, Carl was looking to support a local charity improving the lives of local people and is therefore honoured to join EDP as a trustee.
James is Director of the University of Exeter’s Strategic Delivery Unit, responsible for overseeing the University’s major projects and programmes.
Between 2014 and 2017 James was Director of Transformation, overseeing the largest change programme the University has undertaken in its recent history. He initiated a new operating model for the University focussed on supporting the University’s ambition to enhance its global position and presence.
Prior to joining the Transformation team, James was College Registrar for the University of Exeter Business School with overall leadership responsibility for the School’s Professional Services and £50m operating budget.
From 2008-2013 James was Chief Executive to the University of Exeter Students’ Guild. During this period James also served as non-Executive Director to NUS Services Ltd, a national purchasing consortium purchasing c. £100m of products and services for students’ unions throughout the UK.
As well as serving as a trustee to EDP Drug and Alcohol Services, James is also Chair of governor for the Duchy Primary School.
As an attempted service user in the mid 1980s I knew what it was like to be knocking on doors that stayed shut. I say attempted as it took ages to find a door that opened and behind it a staff team that largely knew what they were talking about. It was a bit on the punitive side though and, If they were still around, I hope many would now describe themselves as well meaning dinosaurs in that old treatment world.
Later on – as a counsellor, manager, commissioner and researcher – I've had the opportunity to observe, and occasionally contribute to, the field moving on. It is now widely recognized, for example, just how badly barriers to accessing help affect the people who need it the most. You already know the list of horrors, in which death by overdose is but one. So I am proud to be a part of an organisation providing support, and hope, to people in our region still on the receiving end of stigma and exclusion.
Amy is an ACCA qualified accountant with a range of financial experience in both public and private sector from SME to multinational companies and is Head of Finance, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, taking on proactive role in the strategic leadership of the organisation and developing her skills in leading, coaching and mentoring through the Glass Lift Elevate Programme, a training course specifically designed for women. Amy is passionate about equal rights and an advocate for diversity in all sectors,
Rick has, for many years, been in various management roles in the drug and alcohol treatment field, prior to his current role at South West Forum, a regional Third Sector support organisation. Rick’s continuing interest and commitment to the field of treatment is inspired by his belief in peoples’ ability to change, and he is now very pleased to be able to contribute to the governance and strategic direction of EDP. He has a special interest in overcoming barriers to accessing treatment as well as the political dimension of funding drug and alcohol treatment, and also has expertise in the voluntary sector, marketing and business development.
Morgen Witzel is a writer and lecturer on management, ethics and leadership, and a Fellow of the Exeter Centre for Leadership at the University of Exeter. He has written more than thirty books, which have been translated into twelve languages, and his articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, South China Morning Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, European Business Forum, Corporate Finance Review and The Smart Manager, India's leading business monthly. As well as Exeter, he teaches at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick, Audencia Nantes and the Economics University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. He is a fellow of the RSA and a trustee of Libraries Unlimited.
Tony qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and has worked as an in-house commercial lawyer as well as in private practice, latterly with national law firm Bond Dickinson until 2014. He has been a trustee of EDP since 2006 having volunteered for other charities previously. He obtained a teaching diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga in 2013 and a further yoga teaching diploma from India in 2015. He has a certificate from the Prison Phoenix Trust for teaching yoga in prisons and has done so since 2016. Following the May 2019 local elections Tony became a Councillor for both Exmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council representing the Green Party.