Board of Trustees

Roger Golland OBE – Chair

Roger Golland spent 32 years in the Diplomatic Service. He was in Turkey during the last military coup, in Hungary shortly before the fall of the Iron Curtain, in Argentina during the renegotiation of diplomatic relations and in Brussels during the Kosovo conflict. He later held posts leading on counter-narcotics, financial planning and training, before a final assignment as a Director responsible for Europe and economic matters. Since 2010 he has been business development director for a Westminster-based consultancy and training company. Roger's interests include sustainable development, environmental conservation, reform of drugs policies, and organisational leadership.

John Moore – Treasurer

John teaches and researches criminology at UWE Bristol. From 1984 to 1990 John worked at Hargrave House, an ex-prisoners housing group set up by PROP, the prisoners rights group. In 1990 he founded Penrose Housing Association and was involved in developing a range of award-winning projects, including schemes for women ex-prisoners and mentally disordered offenders. Between 2000 and 2008 he worked as a freelance consultant for a range of voluntary sector, local government and criminal justice organisations, as the Director of Stevenage Haven, a homelessness charity and in various posts for Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

Julia Buxton

Julia is Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Public Policy at the Central European University, Budapest. She researches on narcotic drug markets, with a specific focus on the inter-relationship between illicit drug economies, conflict, peacebuilding, and economic and democratic transitions. She has a particular interest in the impacts of counter narcotics strategies on gender, social justice and development. Her drug related publications include The Political Economy of Narcotics (Zed, 2006), the edited collection The Politics of Narcotic Drugs (Europa 2010), ‘Opportunity Lost: Alternative Development in Drug Control’ in J. Tokatlian (ed) Old Wars: New Thinking, (Libros Zorazal, 2010); ‘A History of Drug Control’ in P. Keefer and N. Loayza (eds) Innocent Bystanders, (World Bank Publications, 2010) and ‘The UK drug problem in global perspective’, Soundings, Issue 42, Summer 2009.

Clive Bates

Clive has previously worked in support of a range of progresive causes, including the environment, public health, sustainability and international development. He was formerly a Director General with the Welsh government, prior to being secondend to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has also previously worked for the United Nations Environment Programme Sudan, the Environment Agency, the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, ASH, Greenpeace, and the International Institute for Energy Conservation. Clive maintains a personal blog, which you can read at


James Varty

James has worked in the substance misuse treatment field for both statutory and non-statutory agencies over the past 8 years, and has a BHSc (Hons) in Addictions from Leeds University. Currently residing in Cardiff, James works as development and quality manager for Kaleidoscope, a substance misuse treatment agency who provide a range of services in England and Wales.


Paul Birch

Paul is an Internet Entrepreneur in both pro-profit (Bebo) and pro-social focused services. His most recent ventures are, which covers all-party activity in the UK Parliament, and the nascent


John Whitaker

After 25 years in marketing and business services including Marketing Director of A C Nielsen and Managing Director at AGB, John spent twelve years as Deputy Director of Oxfam GB. He has worked with charities, companies and government bodies and is currently Chair of BUILD, the Ethical Property Foundation and the Ethical Property Company.