Meet the Effectiveness Bank team
From 2008 staffed only by Mike Ashton, 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. From 1 May 2018 continued funding from the same bodies enabled Mike and Natalie to share responsibility as co-editors and co-owners, bolstering the project’s sustainability. Here’s the team…
Mike Ashton, co-editor
Drug and Alcohol Findings was founded in 1998 by Mike Ashton who has since been editor or co-editor. 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, co-editor
Natalie is a researcher and writer, living and working in Oxfordshire. She joined Findings in 2015 as an editorial assistant, in 2017 became assistant editor, and from 1 May 2018 has been working alongside Mike Ashton as co-owner and co-editor. Prior to Findings, 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. Natalie has a master’s degree in women’s studies from Bangor University, where she undertook qualitative research into the barriers to ending violence against women.