Before DB Recovery Resources and for over two decades, Deirdre Boyd served as CEO of the Addiction Recovery Foundation charity, where she increased its annual operating revenue fivefold (97% of income was operating revenue) and editor of Addiction Today, which became the most widely-read publication in the UK drug- and alcohol-treatment field. While she headed up the UK/European symposia on addictive disorders, they broke records in the alcohol- and drug-treatment field (outside the US) by attracting 500-600 delegates from five continents, and were praised in the House of Lords and House of Commons (Hansard May 2004-Hansard May 2012).
Deirdre networks with thousands of people internationally, disseminating international expertise and news, analysing policy and implementation documents and crystallising large amounts of complex information into articles/briefing documents. LinkedIn, for example, emailed to say Deirdre’s profile was in the top 5% most viewed in the UK.
- Authored Addictions: Your Questions Answered, printed in seven languages (english version sold out), and of Addiction & Recovery: self help for addicts, families, friends and of national mental-health charity Mind’s 2005 booklet on Addiction & Dependency.
- Voted by the public to receive the Directory of Social Change Influencer Of The Year Award 2012.
- The International Council on Alcohol & Addictions presented her with the ‘Dr Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Services’.
- She has also received a Sierra Tucson Award for Outstanding Achievement.
- Sits on the International Advisory Council for IC&RC, the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, the ‘gold standard’ for addiction-recovery professionals which has over 40,000 members worldwide.
- Sits on the Centre for Policy Studies‘ Prisons and Addictions committee.
- Observer on the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol, and was part of the dti Foresight Project on Brain Science, Addiction & Drugs which predicted drug scenarios for the next 25 years. She has been quoted in House of Commons and House of Lords debates on alcohol and drugs. She contributed to the Drug Policy 2010, and was invited to give evidence to Select Committees on drugs/policy.
- With the Home Office, she launched Misuse & Addictions Week 2007 and 2008 in which treatment agencies across the UK opened to the public and colleagues.
- Deirdre trained as an integrative therapist, working briefly for the Drug & Alcohol Foundation in Westminster before being invited to join the Addiction Recovery Foundation/Addiction Today.
- Deirdre has written for national and international publications, and has appeared as an expert ‘talent’ for addiction-recovery issues on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and other media outlets.
- Earlier, Deirdre was on the Employee Assistance Programme Association steering group, a trustee of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (UK) and development officer for Mensa.
Before entering the substance-misuse field in 1993, Deirdre worked in the PR departments of charities such as Turning Point and the Sick Children’s Trust. She was manager of the PR department for multinational £120million-turnover Wang (c $2billion globally). In her early career, Deirdre wrote articles for the business, economic and computer press. Her portfolio includes Vision, Image, Business, DataBusiness, Inside Guide To Ireland, Satellite & Cable TV News, PC Games, Popular Computing, Computing, PC Business World, Computer News and inhouse magazines for multinational corporations. Earlier, she was development officer for Mensa.
PERSONAL PROFILE (copy of psychometric test available on request):
“Deirdre tends to know intuitively what structure and organisation are necessary to harness ideas and people to achieve long-range goals. She likes working where she can achieve immediate, visible and tangible results, and sets about achieving her scheduled goals on time in an efficient and effective manner. She is logical and analytical, an ingenious thinker and long-range planner, and good at anything which requires rapid reasoning. She is an adaptable realist, consistent and dependable, and seen as a natural leader with high standards who leads by example. She is good at easing tense situations by getting conflicting parties to work together.”