The UK Addiction Treatment Centre’s Management Team
This Page was last reviewed and changed on October 8th, 2021
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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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25 May 2022
This treatment centre has helped start my recovery and all the staff have been very helpful. Really enjoyed my stay here 10 weeks!
24 May 2022
Very good place to come the staff are great and the community was always so helpful
Pay peanuts, get monkeys – a dodgy business model is redeemed by great staff, and a community-minded
24 May 2022
Whilst Liberty House offers great value for money for those recovering from various addictions, and coming to terms with various personality disorders which may underpin these addictions, their community-based model has its cons. Budgetary restrictions place their incredible on-site staff under immense pressure. Nobody who works full-time at the centre itself is in it for the money. They work there because they care passionately about healing and recovery for their clients, but their passion and commitment is compromised by the financial model which underpins the business – and don’t forget that they are indeed a business; a private model where somebody up the chain is profiting, at the expense of its staff and paying customers. Like many residential rehabilitation centres, there are frequent repeat customers; one might assume that despite client recovery being a primary aim, the danger of relapsing is built into the business model. Let’s talk about the positives; this is mainly the staff. The core therapists believe in tough love, softened by a community-based approach, where customers are asked to share much of the workload of recovery. This puts the staff under intense pressure. They collectively have to fight for tiny increases to their working budget. Much of the equipment in the centre is broken, old, faulty and in need of replacing; don’t expect a good night’s sleep. The beds and furniture are worse than you might find in an open prison, and sometimes this is what – in my experience – many customers grumble about. But the staff make do, despite this; the remarkable chef, Gareth, has to spend his own money on equipment; sometimes he brings in his own. If he is not there, the food is crap; he, however, turns mediocre food into brilliant meals, which was one of the saving graces of my experience. All the core therapists were brilliant at their jobs, and put in the hours and dedication to the clients they serve; I owe a particular debt of gratitude to Jeanette, Jade, Brendan and John Port. I cannot praise the support staff enough; an incredible team, from top to bottom; from the cleaners and builders, to management. Their service was exemplary, in very difficult circumstances. Some of their house rules are almost impossible for their customers to understand and decode, so there’s a hell of a lot of confusion for the entire community – staff and clients. Hopefully this will be redeemed by the tenure of their new manager, Sally – but her work is cut out! I wish her and her support staff all the best in their jobs, especially Gosha and Justine, but it’s wrong to name a few; this is a great team all around. Ultimately, I owe Liberty House a debt of gratitude for saving my life, and the lives of hundreds of people. The reviews on this page are bound to confirm my experience is not unique. At the least, your loved ones will come out of their treatment in a much better state of mind, body and spirit then when they arrived. Like any rehabilitation process, it’s a question of horses for courses; this follows the Alcoholics Anonymous model, which is severely in need of an update; like the bible many clients mistake it for, it was written a long time ago. Nevertheless, therapists are very well trained. In my short stay, I learnt to challenge and update many of my core beliefs. I learnt about a variety of therapeutic models, from transactional analysis, to CBT, DBT and more, which will serve me well in my future adventures on the wheels of steel. If you are a drug user, or a caring relative in desperation, I recommend Liberty House. It’s seven times cheaper than the Priory! Your loved ones will be grateful beyond measure when you leave the clinic a changed person. But I do wish whomever is profiting from this private model stops hoovering up the meagre profits, and begins to invest in the centre, beginning with pay rises, budget increases, and a massive overhaul. The centre is direly in need of entire refurbishment; otherwise it will lose staff, and lose business, in years ahead. Finally, despite the corner-cutting, it’s a happy family there. Your loved ones will come out shiny and freshly-polished, with the tools to beat their respective addictions, and a new family to support them in recovery. Thanks to all at Liberty House for changing my life – for the better, and hopefully for the rest of my life.
23 May 2022
I am so grateful for being able to come to Primrose lodge. My life is now going in the right direction. Thank you x
23 May 2022
Liberty house is a very good treatment centre for addiction. It runs on the bases of the 12 step programme but offers so much more. The addition of calming breathing techniques, meditation and yoga which are all important for calming the mind body and spirit to embrace change. Thanks
23 May 2022
My stay at Linwood house has been the the most wonderful journey I’ve been on in my life. Coming face to face with myself and learning to process my feelings has been incredibly powerful. Thank you to all who have been involved, you’ve quite literally been lifesavers. I feel like a beautiful butterfly, I’m ready to spread my wings.
22 May 2022
All the support from the staff, the amount of patience the staff have. The consistent care and routine of the medication has helped massively. The general understanding and been able to approach staff with ease the groups have helped me massively also my peers have been great.
22 May 2022
thoroughly enjoyed my time at Oasis, the centre is great the treatment program is great and the staff are great
22 May 2022
I received an excellent detox and treatment at Primrose Lodge and would certainly recommend it to anyone requiring such treatment.
22 May 2022
I cant thank the staff enough for their help and support throughout my detox and rehab. they were polite, professional and extremely friendly from day one and treated me with dignity and respect. The councilors(some being recovering addicts themselves) were very understanding and knowledgeable. The groups were informative and at times enjoyable. The accommodation is satisfactory and could do with a facelift(mattresses and bedding especially) however all your basic needs are met. The food could be healthier but the chefs are very good and do their best with the resources they have available. the option to order food from the outside on occasion would be nice. Overall i have found my time at Liberty house to be extremely positive and feel i am now equipped to manage my addiction going forwards. They have saved my life.
22 May 2022
I found the group sessions enlightening the therapy sessions were very good, overall the treatment I received has given me the confidence and the focus to continue my recovery
21 May 2022
I came in here primarily for gambling but also because I drank excessively, I thought the centre is excellent and met all my needs. The staff and therapists were excellent and I feel I have learnt a lot about my self .
21 May 2022
When I came in to sanctuary lodge I felt lost and broken, with the help of the staff here I am leaving like a rejuvenated person ready to live again. The staff have been fantastic throughout my my stay here for the housekeeping to the chefs , the support staff , and Maria the manger and Kat my therapist. Both have been a big help throughout my stay here through the good and bad times .
20 May 2022
The staff at liberty house are incredible! I have made progress far beyond my expectations. They will always go above and beyond to insure you take as much as possible fro the programme . The only downside is the standard of the accommodation, which is very substandard.
20 May 2022
Absolutely zero complaints, staff were incredible and the scope of services provided were outstanding, has given me the support and foundation for me to continue my life in sobriety.
19 May 2022
I was absolutely broken and couldn’t see a way out of my addiction when I stepped foot into Sanctuary Lodge, I’ve been in a mosh pit of emotions, I’m leaving here with a strong sense of who I am and I feel so happy and excited to start my new life in soberity. I can wholeheartedly say that every element of sanctuary lodge and my entire stay has been the single most fantastic eye opening experience. My therapist Kat, has carried me through my whole journey and supported me more than I could ever express, I absolutely love her , she has made me look at myself in a completely new light, positive feedback where I needed to hear it good and bad parts I didn’t want to see. She has helped me look at my life in a new light, And with professionalism is second to none and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Maria the manager has been professional and supportive of all my needs and always takes the time to make sure I have been happy with the treatment . Therapy team have been simply fantastic and the support team , are just the best BIG shout out to Stevie, Dorrell, grace, and Hannah and Julie they have been amazing every step of the way. The chefs need a shout out Martin and Tony are great Chefs , and make a great Sunday roast and full English. ( p.s remember to order a George !) .
19 May 2022
My stay at Liberty House was an amazing life transformation experience. I know that if would of possponned my using for little longer i would be facing death.I got so much from this place, life was throwing curve balls in the last weak and with the counselers support and the people support from the groups was there when i needed it. I feel that i have grown so much over here, as much as i didnt want to come here at the end was time to leave ands i fely very empotional to leave because this place felt like being home. Fully recommend from the bottom of my heart.
19 May 2022
The great experience and brilliant staff at Primrose Lodge have provided me with a strong foundation for the beginning of my lifelong recovery. Thank you!
19 May 2022
The place is very clean and tidy food’s getting better each day the therapy is excellent
19 May 2022
This is my second time at Sanctuary Lodge and it has been a truly beneficial experience. The therapy team are excellent and I can’t speak highly enough of my Therapist Tracey. The programme is very varied and challenging. The care support is excellent as is the catering and housekeeping services. I would highly recommend Sanctuary Lodge to anyone suffering with addiction who wishes to start their recovery.
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