The UK Addiction Treatment Centre’s Management Team
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Daniel’s vision for UKAT was and always will be to provide world-class treatment in comfortable and affordable facilities. He strongly believes that every person suffering from addiction should have access to the help they need.
Following over 20 years as a derivatives trader, Daniel set up a successful online marketing company servicing many PLCs in the UK.
Daniel’s own experiences with addiction led him to the behavioural health field in 2009.
In 2010, he trained as a counsellor at Regent’s College and the Minster Centre in London and was certified as an interventionist with The Pennsylvania Certification Board, working with families who wish to get their loved ones into treatment.
In 2010 Daniel also founded one of the largest addiction treatment directories in the UK and in 2014 became a founding shareholder and Managing Director of UKAT.
Daniel’s passion and purpose are to help people start their journey to recovery from addiction.
Chief Operating Officer
Having a successful career within the industry overseeing services, Ben was inspired by the ethics and the ethos of the UKAT group and joined the team in 2016.
“It is inspiring to see a company that truly puts its clients at the heart of its business”
As Group Chief Operating Officer, Ben is responsible for overseeing services and ensuring that service delivery is safe, effective and of the highest standard. Ben believes quality assurance, safety and excellence are crucial; and is committed to ensuring that every client, their family and loved ones, receive the very best of care at UKAT services.
“Treatment will be individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of every client in our care; giving every client the very best start to their recovery.”
Ben has had 20 years operational and regulatory experience across three sectors heavily accountable under government legislation.
Ben has a wealth of experience and a proven track record managing services for the treatment of addiction. Ben has been operationally responsible for various well known services for a number of years;CQC registered manager of various sites and set up a number of residential rehabs.
“I am really excited to be working alongside some remarkable people who are committed and driven towards providing the very best of care for our clients”
Group Treatment Lead
Nuno Albuquerque is an Addictions Counsellor with over 18 years of experience in working in the field in the UK and around the globe. Nuno comes to UKAT with a wealth of clinical and managerial experience, enhanced by continuous study and interest in approaches made to support and sustain change in human beings.
The following demonstrates Nuno’s drive in self-development, just to mention a few:
BSc (Hons) in Substance Misuse Management, University of Kent, UK 2014
Trauma and Healing: An Exploration of Mental Illness, Addiction and Disease with Dr Gabor Mate – London, 2017
Trauma, Attachment, Affect Dysregulation and Shame: Treating the Seeds and the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviours by Lisa Ferentz, London, 2017
Diploma in Addictions Counselling, Open College Network, Plymouth College of Further Education, UK 2004
Motivational Interviewing Practitioners Course, Plymouth, UK 2004
International Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, CENAPS, USA, 2005
Chemical Dependency Counsellor Training Programme, Weston-super-mare, UK 2002
Over the years Nuno has developed a well deserved professional reputation. Nuno is a member of FDAP (Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals) since 2004; from 2008 Nuno also obtained membership at the Certified Coaches Federation; and from 2018 achieved Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor by the UK Professional Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counsellors (IC&RC),
Nuno worked in the education sector at an international school in Macau S.A.R., China. as the CAS Coordinator/School Counsellor. Nuno was able to support students to graduate on the International Baccalaureate programme. To be able to perform as a CAS Coordinator Nuno attended training in Kuala Lumpur, with IB Asia-Pacific. This was his second work experience in this sector after being a Practice Educator for the Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
Nuno attends some of the most prestigious conferences such as the UKESAD, which he has been attending since 2007, the Interventions Plus and iCAAD.
Dr. Mateen Durrani
Group Managing Psychiatrist
Dr Mateen Durrani is on the specialist register of the GMC, and is accredited as a general adult psychiatrist by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After completing his basic training in psychiatry, he has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1995, in the NHS and the independent sector. He joined UKAT in 2014 and is the UKAT Group Medical Advisor and consultant psychiatrist at our Sanctuary Lodge treatment centre.
Dr Durrani believes that people who are alcohol or drug dependent have become neuroadapted to continuous or repeated exposure to a psychoactive substance. A manifestation of neuroadaptation is that a withdrawal syndrome may develop when substance use ceases. There are also underlying precipitating, maintaining and perpetuating factors that need to be addressed alongside detoxification for it to be successful. The primary objective of detoxification is completion of the withdrawal process with safety and comfort. This ensures that the person can cease alcohol or drug use without experiencing an uncomfortable and potentially hazardous withdrawal syndrome and enter into a therapeutic rehabilitation program, for relapse prevention.
Dr Durrani’s expertise includes:
Inpatient detoxification and management of patients with drug(s) and alcohol dependence. This includes Opioids, Psycho-stimulants including Amphetamine, Crack-Cocaine, Benzodiazepine, legal highs and Cannabis.
Identification and management of medical and psychosocial problems accompanying substance misuse.
The use of drugs for preventing relapse or reducing risky behavior/harm (e.g. Methadone maintenance, anti-craving drugs Naltrexone etc.)
Management of special populations such as women, older adults, prisoners, black and ethnic minority groups.
Management of dual diagnoses in people with substance misuse, serious mental illness and common mental disorders.
For further information please contact UKAT.
Group Financial Controller
Sue joined UKAT in 2022 as Group Financial Controller after spending 5 years in the same role for a well-known residential and supported living adult social care provider. Her appreciation of the importance of 24/7 first-class treatment delivery and the role that a company’s financial department plays in this sets her apart from the rest.
Her experience spans across many pivotal departments, all responsible for the smooth running and upkeep of a business, including IT, infrastructure, and of course, finance.
In her previous role, Sue oversaw the centralised financial function of the company, managing a team of Management Accountants, Credit Control, Accounts Payable and Payroll.
Sue was also on the Integration Board for acquisitions and helped manage and integrate acquisitions of other care homes. It was during this time that Sue was also responsible for ensuring full GDPR compliance throughout the acquisitions and was the key liaison for all involved stakeholders, external funders and HMRC.
Sue’s experience as a Group Financial Controller is second to none and she has already become an integral part of the UKAT Group.
Head of Admissions
Dale has over 15 years’ experience of working in field of addiction, after gaining first-hand experience of residential treatment in 2003. Dale has worked for some of the UK largest private treatment providers, also gaining vital experience in Europe and the US.
This has created a wealth of experience when it comes to guiding the families and the clients when they are at the exploratory stage of the consideration of residential treatment and/or addiction therapy.
Dale recognises the size of the task in hand with UKAT and feels that the team ethic and working standard within the admissions, alumni, and assessment departments are second to none. “We have created a family-like feel to our workspace, which is an important background when supporting others.”
This was an unexpected journey as Dale had studied performing arts and English literature before attending drama school in the mid-’90s.
“It is an effortless decision to spend our days helping others and deepening our understanding further still.”
Head of Performance Marketing
Sumit joined UKAT in 2021 after working in the online gambling industry and seeing the impact addiction can have on families. He joined the business with a vision to raise UKAT’s profile and increase the message of successful recovery across multiple platforms.
After completing a Masters in Business, he went on to lead a successful career as a performance marketing professional with over a decade of experience, including exceptional paid media, in-App marketing campaigns and advising start-ups and SMEs to build and scale up their marketing plans. Sumit is responsible for overseeing the strategic and tactical marketing direction and growth of UKAT. He is passionate about deploying first-class and innovative digital marketing strategies to build more awareness and visibility of UKAT’s brand to reach the masses. He leads the Digital Marketing team, including content creation, organic and paid media strategy development and execution.
Head of Communications
Claire has worked for UKAT for 3 years and in that time has been solely responsible for the plentiful and positive national, regional and trade media exposure, cementing UKAT as the addiction industry’s expert voice. Her focus is to raise the awareness of positive recovery from addiction through the media and to reduce societal apprehension, stereotype and stigma around those suffering from addiction.
She is pivotal in lobbying Government and Council leaders to allocate more financial investment into statutory treatment and support services in a bid to ensure that drug and alcohol help is accessible for all. She is also responsible for UKAT’s Education and Corporate affiliate programmes set to launch in 2020.
Having worked in Marketing for over 10 years, Claire has come from a background in professional business services and has a fantastic understanding and grasp of how important strong communication strategies- both internally and externally- are for an organisation in leveraging the brand to its highest potential.
Sue has more than 20 years experience in the field of addictions. In long term recovery herself she initially trained as an addictions therapist and worked in several treatment facilities including Burton Addiction Centre, The Priory and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s treatment programme for medical professionals.
After gaining experience over a period of 7 years, of group work, one-one, care planning, aftercare, family groups and day programmes she went on to be responsible for all aspects of programme design and management. Sue was then instrumental in setting up a group of treatment centres in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. She was responsible for project management, CQC Compliance, programme design and operational issues across all sites ensuring that all elements of the treatment process were focussed on the best possible client care.
Prior to joining UKAT Sue worked for a treatment centre in Suffolk taking responsibility for all CQC Compliance, management and supervision of senior staff and overseeing the development and continuous improvement in all aspects of client care. She was also involved in the development of a number of projects to provide work and social opportunity for those clients in secondary and tertiary care.
Performance and Compliance Manager
David has been working in the field of addiction for over ten years, the last six years as a senior manager in operations, specialising in quality and compliance.
In 2010 David was tasked with setting the standards of quality and compliance across a group of 14 community and residential addiction treatment facilities. This was achieved through applying the standards set out in the Health and Social Care Act, CQC guidance, NICE guidelines and Health and Safety law, creating a quality assurance system that enabled quality and compliance to be achieved and improved across all services.His substance misuse working careers started following qualifying in addictions psychology and counselling at London South Bank University, firstly working as a therapist specialising in group work and then as a centre manager.
David joined UKAT in October 2016; he strives to achieve excellence in the standards of care for all clients through an effective and innovative quality assurance system and robust clinical governance.
Registered Manager Oasis Bradford
Tom has worked in the substance misuse field for 10 years in a number of different settings. Since starting work in our detox Centre in Jan 2010 he has worked his way up from Recovery Coach to the position of Centre Manager which he has now done successfully for 6 years.
Tom’s previous roles have included working in a supported accommodation environment and also as a Team Leader in a Tier-3 structured day care centre. Tom is a qualified NLP practitioner and has NVQ’s in Health & Social Care, Team Leading and Management as well as certificates in Counselling. He is currently pursuing further studies in Management and aims to develop his practice further through additional studies in Dual Diagnosis.
Jenna has over 15 years of experience working with challenging behaviour in the field of addiction, and other mental health conditions and delivering 12 step accredited programmes, specialising in Substance Misuse. Jenna’s degree in Psychology started her on her journey working with challenging behaviour and thinking processes, within a Psychiatric unit and the Forensic Psychology department of her Majesty's Prison Service.
She continued to work for HMPs, within the substance misuse field, where she gained extensive experience and expertise working for several organisations, such as Adapt, Phoenix Futures and RAPt.
Her passion for working in the substance misuse field encouraged her to train further as an Integrative counsellor, which she has done since she qualified in 2011. She has actively worked on the foundation of service delivery and also facilitated and created mental health training which was delivered to universal staff under Norfolk County Council to help raise awareness of mental health and tools, to work with children and young people with complex needs.
Her experience of managing the therapy team and helping with the day to day running of Sanctuary Lodge has helped her progress, from therapist to Lead Therapist and Center Manager. Jenna's experience helps ensure a collaborative approach to change is achieved and joined the Operations Management Team in 2021 and continues to be committed to enabling people to grow and attain personal achievements. “A fundamental issue I have learned through personal life and my years of experience are client’s issues or diagnosis are often fuelled or based on a subjective lack of understanding of their own emotions.” Jenna actively believes this and it underpins her daily ethos when working within the substance misuse field.
Johnny joined UKAT as a support worker at Primrose Lodge in the summer of 2015. He has a passion for helping those with alcohol and substance misuse and has experience working with several other organisations such as local councils, churches and support agencies.
Johnny’s a university graduate from the Organisation and Management course at the Institut National of Commerce, Algiers University and has a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics (BSC in Mathematics from the London Metropolitan University) which he achieved whilst in recovery. His NVQ 3 and his NVQ 5 (QCF Management in Adult Social Care) are from City and Guilds.
His work experience includes years in the Catering and Hospitality field, leadership positions in the Landscaping and Gardening field, as well as volunteer positions in Homeless Action in Barnet. His journey changed because Johnny suffered from addiction. He’s been sober for over 12 years and is now working to help those who are just starting their journey discover the right path to long-term recovery.
CQC Registered Manager
Faith joined UKAT in November 2020 as an addiction counsellor. Her previous roles included supporting adult survivors of Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking utilising her transferable counselling skills from her Integrative Counselling Degree (BsC Hons).
Faith recently was an advocate for UKAT and appeared on BBC 1 The One Show in a piece on gaming addiction.
Faith was promoted in July 2021 to Senior Counsellor. Faith works from an integrative approach and utilises various therapeutic approaches to work with her clients.
Faith has now transitioned to the role of Centre Manager and is passionate about providing safe, effective care for all clients who enter the centre
Sally joined the Liberty House team as the Registered Manager in 2022. She has over 21 years of experience working in CQC services, starting as a Support Worker and working her way up to Manager. She is currently working towards her Level 5 in Leadership and Management and In 2017 was a finalist in the Frontline Leader category at the Regional Great British Care Awards. In 2018 Sally was a finalist in the National Great British Care Awards in the same category.
Although Sally's background is mainly in the field of learning disability, she has had varied work experiences both in the UK and Australia including working as an investigator for the police and an activity instructor in outdoor education. She currently holds a volunteering position as the safeguarding lead for her local heritage railway.
After working in the same field for the majority of her career, Sally decided to move away from disability support and into supporting those with substance misuse.
Emma is highly experienced in the field of social care. She has many years of accumulating extensive knowledge of a range of models of care such as peer-led, trauma-informed, safewards for safehomes, Minnesota, therapeutic risk management, and psychologically informed environments.
Emma has also learnt a wide range of therapeutic techniques and psychosocial interventions such as, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, drama therapy, mindfulness, Minnesota method, harm reduction, conflict resolution and suicide prevention.
Starting her career as a volunteer over 20 years ago, with most of those years in leadership roles, arriving at her current role as the operations manager here at UKAT. The journey encompassed a variety of fields such as young people, homelessness, sex workers, eating disorders, criminal justice, domestic abuse, a range of addiction disorders, and mental health, in both residential and community settings. Emma also had the opportunity to work in South East Asia.
Emma has completed a lot of vocational training along with earning a diploma in addiction, counselling qualifications, an IOSH certificate and another diploma in leadership & management for health and social care.
" I joined UKAT in November 2021. I feel privileged to work alongside amazing managers for centres in Barnsley, Runcorn and Bradford, together with ensuring the best positive outcomes for all clients "
" I am dedicated to being a part of a wider effect to break the cycle of addiction "
Maria joined Sanctuary Lodge in December 2021. She is a conscientious and compassionate manager with over 15 years experience within the public, private and voluntary sectors with a proven ability to lead, motivate, train and inspire teams.
Maria has extensive experience in creating and developing processes, enabling team cohesion to improve efficiency and providing caring service delivery. Maria is passionate about supporting clients and staff to reach their full potential.
Tracey’s Career in social care began in 2007 when she worked as a health care assistant for a local residential home that gained an outstanding rating from CQC. Tracey studied for a management qualifications at Chichester University and held her first management post in 2010. Tracey initially worked for a large charitable organisation in Arundel where she undertook further qualifications in management as well as being a manual handling trainer and an NVQ assessor.
Tracey then moved to a large organisation in Worthing in 2012 where she ran day centre services for a number of different client groups including , elderly isolated, mental health, learning disabilities and minority groups. Within this organisation Tracey set up a business development team who's main objective was to identify services and support that was required within the local community and apply to the relevant bodies for funding. Tracey was then part of the set up of these services. Tracey went on to be be the first non registered nurse to run a nursing home for them in the area. Tracey then moved to the private sector and was part of the opening of a large nursing home in Brighton that ran on a completely different model and also became an award winning home.
Most recently and during the Covid-19 pandemic Tracey ran a large nursing home which also had a day centre and secure unit where she looked after residents who had a variety of complex needs.
Tracey came to UKAT in May 2022 and is looking forward to running of Recovery Lighthouse and transferring her management and social care skills to a different client group.
Andrew joined Linwood House UK Addiction treatment centre in May 2022.
Andrew understands the importance of creating a safe and therapeutic environment for the people we support.
His goal is to attain and sustain an outstanding service level for the people addressing addictions. Andrew brings extensive knowledge of the five key lines of enquiry and how to attain them, having successfully established Nursing homes and Care homes at a National level across the UK in his role as a Peripatetic Manager.
Andrew is a fully accredited chartered registered manager Level 5 and Health and Social Care Registered Manager Level 5.
Andrew brings a vast amount of experience and clinical knowledge to the team, having previously worked with the NHS on the advisory board NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)
Andrew has over twenty six years management service in Health & Social Care settings, within that time Andrew won a commendation from the Lord Mayor of SHEFFIELD for his achievements above and beyond the parameters of his job description.
Andrew previously worked with people facing addiction in SHEFFIELD with the Drug Intervention Programme. From here his passion to support people through addiction was established.
Andrew welcomes the opportunity to be part of the growing team at UKAT.
Emma has 15 years of experience in substance misuse, working her way through from a volunteer right through to an operations manager, Emma also has experience in working with children, the elderly, street workers, and the homeless community. Emma has worked for numerous substance misuse services across the country, where she has gained a wealth of knowledge to support people that suffer from addiction, though Emma is still striving for ongoing learning that will enable her to continue to support people suffering from addiction in changing times.
Addiction and the support provided to the addiction community is Emma’s passion. Some of Emma’s roles whilst working in the substance misuse sector have covered arrest referral worker, lead in setting up a street workers project, criminal justice manager, alcohol community worker, complex opiate engagement lead, complex caseworker, homeless drug lead, and council community drug lead. Emma has also led on projects such as HEP B vaccines being rolled out in community services and providing access and support for Dry blood spot testing within services to help support the injecting community, a real passion of Emma’s. Emma has a level 5 in health and social care and a foundation degree in drug and alcohol. Emma has spent her career training and developing to ensure that she has the right skill set to enable her to support the services that she works in. Emma has strong links with the gambling addiction support community and is ever striving to make supportive links and relationships to ensure that Emma has the most up-to-date knowledge and guidance to support those in addiction. Emma has been a lead on rolling out naloxone in drug-using communities, sexual health screenings, and the flu vaccinations in drug-using communities and had success in securing funding for a homeless project to address street homeless drug users, to enable a reduction in hospital admissions and fatalities from mental health and drug use, another passion of Emma’s .
Peter Paul, Ba(Hons), MSc, PsyDip in Psychotherapy
Peter has more than 20 years of experience working in substance misuse and criminal justice, both in the community and in residential settings. With a Masters in drug intervention strategy and a Diploma in counselling, Peter developed both academic and professional knowledge of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapies.
Peter spent 13 years working with one of the largest social care providers in the UK, gaining experience in a number of different areas including the rough sleeping communities, structured day programmes, alcohol services, and residential services. In addition to this, he managed a number of residential services and drug intervention programmes across the UK, including an integrated alcohol service in the London Borough of Camden.
Having launched his consultancy business in 2009, he developed a number of group work programmes for the criminal justice service as well as residential services, in addition to launching a youth peer mentoring programme. In 2015 he co-founded Charterhouse Clinic Flore, a specialist alcohol and substance misuse residential service offering bespoke treatment programmes.
Mark is a professional, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual who has a background of over 20 years as a Financial Derivatives Trader and 8 years as a Property Professional.
He is someone who thrives under pressure and able to adapt to an ever-changing landscape. Mark brings with him property knowledge and an eye for detail. A real team player, someone that is a target orientated individual who can build long term business relationships at all levels. Mark always looks to deliver a quality service and is always focused on customer satisfaction being the forefront of the business
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