Meet the Effectiveness Bank team

Thanks to funding from Alcohol Research UK and the Society for the Study of Addiction, from 14 September 2015 Drug and Alcohol Findings was able to be joined by Natalie Davies as editorial assistant, helping the project supply its users with more and better research analyses. Here’s the team...

Mike Ashton, editor

Since its inception in 1998 Mike has been the editor and project leader at Drug and Alcohol Findings. His background was 20 years at the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence, then the UK’s information service on the misuse of drugs, where he helped develop the library including its indexing system and answered enquiries from public and professionals. Later he became co-responsible for the institute’s publications programme and founded Druglink, the ‘trade’ magazine for the British drug misuse sector. He edited the magazine for 10 years until leaving the institute in 1995. Before establishing Findings, he produced the first two annual reports on the drug problem in the European Union for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Natalie Davies, assistant editor

Natalie is a researcher and writer, living and working in Oxfordshire. She joined Findings in 2015 as an editorial assistant, sharing in all the work of the project, and in 2017 became assistant editor. Before this, she worked for the Centre for Mental Health and Society, Communities First, Supporting People, and Sport Wales. Drug and alcohol problems have been a recurring feature of her work, so she was delighted to move into this field, and specifically to work for Findings with its direct link to practitioners, and unique role in supporting evidence-based practice. While at Findings, Natalie has also been studying part-time for a master’s degree in Women’s Studies, and is due to complete this in 2018.