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.
 

Aram Barra – Latin American Programme Officer (based in the offices of México Unido Contra la Delincuencia in Mexico) | aram@mucd.org.mx

Over the last 13 years Aram has worked on issues such as employment, sexual and reproductive rights, drug policy and migration. He is a co-founder of Euphoric Youth and Espolea, a youth-for-youth, Mexico-based organisation seeking to empower young people in their own communities with a gender perspective. Aram is also a board member of Youth RISE, a global network of young people working on harm reduction and drug policy reform. He holds a degree in International Studies and has also studied drug policy at the Central European University in Hungary.
 

George Murkin – Policy and Communications Officer | george@tdpf.org.uk @GeorgeTransform

George joined Transform as an intern in 2010 and is the author or co-author of several Transform publications, including ‘How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide’‘The Alternative World Drug Report’, Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: setting the record straight, and ‘Debating Drugs: How to Make the Case for Legal Regulation’. He has studied drug policy at the University Institute of Lisbon, as part of a programme run by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and often provides comment and analysis on drug policy issues for a range of outlets. He also writes regularly on the Transform blog. George has an undergraduate degree in French and philosophy from the University of Sheffield, as well as an MSc in public policy from the University of Bristol.
 

Amanda Harper – Operations and Finance Assistant | amanda@tdpf.org.uk

Amanda graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 2005 from the University of Gloucestershire. She worked in financial services for eight years before joining Transform in 2013 as Operations and Finance Assistant. She is also currently studying a foundation degree in Counselling with the Open University.

 

Jessica Irving - Communications Associate | jess@tdpf.org.uk

Jessica joined Transform as an intern in 2015 and recently graduated with a degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol. She also volunteers as a honorary research assistant at UoB within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG).

 

Tolu Alegbeleye - Communications Intern | tolu@tdpf.org.uk

Tolu has just joined Transform as an intern. She is an American student from Georgetown University, D.C., studying abroad at the University of Bristol for one year. She majors in economics, and minors in computer science and psychology. 

 

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.