The UK Addiction Treatment Centre’s Management Team

This Page was last reviewed and changed on October 8th, 2021

Daniel Gerrard - UKAT - Managing Director
Daniel Gerrard
Managing Director
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.

Ben Raingill - UKAT - Chief Operating Officer
Ben Raingill
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”

Nuno Albuquerque - UKAT - Group Treatment Lead
Nuno Albuquerque
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
  • International Coach Certification & Coach Practitioner Certification, Expertise Coaching Training, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008
  • 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.

Dale Conlon - UKAT - Head of Admissions
Dale Conlon
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.”

Claire Havey - UKAT - Head of Communications
Claire Havey
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.

Any and all media enquiries should be sent to

Sumit Lakhina - UKAT HQ - Head of Performance Marketing
Sumit Lakhina
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.
Sue Allchurch - UKAT - Senior Operations Manager
Sue Allchurch
Senior Operations Manager
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.

David Peacock - UKAT - Performance and Compliance Manager
David Peacock
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.

Tom Hegarty - Oasis Bradford - Registered Manager
Tom Hegarty
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 Veerapen - UKAT HO - Operations Manager
Jenna Veerapen
Operations Manager
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 Beggache - Recovery Lighthouse & Primrose Lodge - CQC Registered Manager
Johnny Beggache
CQC Registered Manager at Recovery Lighthouse and Primrose Lodge
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.

Dr. Mateen Durrani - UKAT - Group Managing Psychiatrist
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.

Mark Collins - Operations UKAT - Facility Manager
Mark Collins
Facilities Manager
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
Peter Paul - UKAT - Ops - Operations Manager
Peter Paul, Ba(Hons), MSc, PsyDip in Psychotherapy
Operations Manager
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.
Emma Harrison-Platton - Operations - Ops Manager
Emma Harrison-Platton
Operations Manager
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 Kornat - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Centre Manager
Maria Kornat
Centre Manager
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.
Sally Mills - Registered Manager
Sally Mills
Registered Manager
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.
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