Staff

Nicky Saunter – Chief Executive | nicky@tdpf.org.uk

Nicky is an entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience of setting up, building, managing and financing companies, from retail to manufacturing, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and social enterprise. Co-founder of the Bristol-based Boston Tea Party group, Nicky more recently headed up social enterprise Learning From The Land and the award-winning eco acoustics firm, The Woolly Shepherd. Throughout her life she has also contributed to and worked for causes she feels strongly about, from Friends of the Earth, Médecins sans Frontière and Amnesty International, to the Somerset Wildlife Trust, where she continues as a trustee.
 

Danny Kushlick – Head of External Affairs | danny@tdpf.org.uk

Danny founded Transform Drug Policy Foundation in 1997, after working in a variety of jobs in the drugs field. It was his clients' experience that led him to the understanding that prohibition is a social policy catastrophe. He worked for Bristol Drugs Project, the Big Issue Foundation, Bath Area Drugs Advisory Service and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO). He is now an internationally recognised commentator on drug and drug policy issues.
 

Martin Powell – Head of Campaigns and Communications | martin@tdpf.org.uk

Martin spent over ten years at environment and international development campaign groups including Friends of the Earth, the World Development Movement and as Co-Chair of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. Prior to that he worked for the French nuclear industry and as a social support worker for a homeless charity. He has a degree in applied chemistry, and a post-graduate diploma in environmental science, policy and planning.
 

Steve Rolles – Senior Policy Analyst | steve@tdpf.org.uk | @SteveTransform

Steve has been at Transform since 1998. As well as writing a range of journal articles, periodicals and book chapters, Steve was lead author on many of Transform's publications, including 2009’s 'After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation'. He is a regular contributor to the public debate on drug policy and law in print and broadcast media, and has been a speaker at various events, conferences and inquiries held by, among others, the UK government, the UN, and many other high-level international bodies. Before joining Transform, Steve worked for the Medical Research Council and Oxfam. He has a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Manchester.

 

Jane Slater

Jane Slater – Head of Operations and Fundraising | jane@tdpf.org.uk

Before joining Transform in 2007, Jane worked for various charities and public sector bodies, including Gemini.org and the British Red Cross. She graduated with a degree in Geography from the University of Manchester and has subsequently completed an MSc in International Development at Bath University.Her masters focused on the urgent need for the international development community to engage with drug policy reform. Jane is now leading the Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control' project and is building the campaign internationally in advance of the UNGASS 2016.

 

Lisa Sanchez – Latin American Programme Manager (based in the offices of México Unido Contra la Delincuencia in Mexico) | lisa@mucd.org.mx

Lisa has previously worked for a range of organisations, including the International Aids Society and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States. She is also co-founder of the Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Programme of Espolea, a youth-lead organisation based in Mexico City. Lisa has a degree in international relations from Tec de Monterrey and Sciences-Po Paris and a graduate degree in political science from The Sorbonne in France.
 

Ben Campbell – Communications Officer | ben@tdpf.org.uk @BenTransform

Ben joined Transform in 2016, coming from a background in political communications and campaigns working for the UK Parliament and the European Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway University of London, and an MSc in International Security from the University of Bristol.

 

Izzy Taylor – Operations and Finance Assistant | izzy@tdpf.org.uk

Izzy first joined Transform as a volunteer after graduating with a Philisophy degree from the University of Sussex in 2015. She has recently become our Operations and Finance Assistant.



Mary Ryder – Intern | mary@tdpf.org.uk

Mary joined Transform in 2016 as an intern, having finished her degree in Philosophy and Spanish at the University of Bristol. She is working in a conjunction with the Quipu Project and the University of Bristol to expand the Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control project, and include stories from families affected by the war on drugs in Mexico.

 

Ian Sherwood - Volunteer | ian@tdpf.org.uk

Ian has lived in the South West all his life and worked in substance misuse services and policy from the mid-1980s. Having worked in clinical settings, in people's homes and at festivals, he became a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the statutory body that advises the government. These experiences led him to support Transform as an early trustee, and more recently, as a volunteer. 

 

Aimi Garidis – Volunteer | aimi@tdpf.org.uk

Aimi was previously an office manager for 8 years, with key skills in HR. She is very pleased to be able to join the Transform team as a volunteer and help in any way possible to change current drug laws and campaign for legal reform.

 

Maya Levin Schtulberg – Volunteer

Maya is currently in her final year of her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Bristol. She has previously volunteered around the city of Bristol in areas such as homelessness, poverty, and education. Having recently joined Transform, she is excited to incorporate her newfound passion for and knowledge of drug policy reform in her current university work.