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Adrian Gains (Chair of Trustees)
Adrian became the Chair of the board in March 2010, after seeing Emma present at a 'Dragons Den' Style philanthropy event hosted by the organisation he was working for at the time. Adrian has over twenty years’ of public sector experience, and has led several transformational programmes across government. He believes that the third sector can, and should play a more active role in service delivery, and actively supports many social enterprises. As well as being chair of COAP, Adrian also chairs the Board of Trustees at Vision Housing (an ex-offender led organisation) and is an associate of Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI). He is acutely aware of the problems that addiction can cause to families and communities, and is committed to helping society address them.
Lucy has over seven years of experience working within the public sector for the NHS as a nurse, which has given her a wealth of health related knowledge and experience. Her professional past has allowed her to recognise the importance of collaboration, and integration, between different organisations and services that is often needed with an illness, including addiction. Aside from working for the NHS, Lucy has also worked in the voluntary sector, as a health advisory nurse for the British Heart Foundation. Lucy's involvement with COAP stems from her own personal experience; of living with a family member’s addiction. She is acutely aware of how isolating addiction can be, and understands how it can engulf a family. She believes that having somewhere to go for advice, and support, is crucial when it comes to helping those affected by addiction.
Nikki is currently Country Manager for Wings For Life, having previously worked at Cancer Research UK for five years. As well as bringing fund-raising expertise to the board, Nikki also has first-hand experience of founding and scaling a small scale NGO, called READ International. Passionate about the issues surrounding mental health and child welfare, she has done extensive volunteer work in this field, working as a Mentor for disadvantaged kids in Hackney, and as a Drug Support Worker at a Crisis Rehabilitation Centre. These experiences have taught her first hand about the isolation facing vulnerable young people, and the need for accessible support.