Ollie is Executive Director of Client Services at Changing Lives. He has oversight of all the organisation’s services, is the Adult and Children’s Safeguarding Lead, and acts as Caldicote Guardian.
Ollie began work as a social worker in the late 1970s, before training as a probation officer at the London School of Economics. He is a specialist on the subject of substance misuse and has worked in England and Scotland in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
His involvement in national and regional drug initiatives has been both community and prison-based. He helped to develop the first prison drug services and programmes in a number of Scottish prisons and was the first prison drugs worker in North East England. Previously a visiting lecturer at Northumbria University, he has written widely on subjects including “A Cognitive Behavioural Programme for Substance Misusing Offenders”, “Substance Misuse: An Open Learning Pack”, “Use and Misuse: A Christian Perspective on Drugs” and “12 Step Facilitation”.
Ollie joined the Home Office in 1999 as a Regional Drugs Advisor before moving into Government Office North East in 2003 as the regional manager of its Drug Interventions Programme. He joined Changing Lives in January 2007.
Ollie was a member of the Newcastle upon Tyne Fairness Commission, he is a trustee of the Lankelly Chase Foundation, a director of Just Meditation – a Newcastle-based CIC – and is chair of Soul Food Spaces, a small North East charity.