Tony has worked in a wide variety of environments including drug rehabilitation and detox centres, community services, HMP Liverpool, HMP Altcourse and other UK prisons, as well as most custody suites in Merseyside. He understands the demands, pressures and stress that staff experience in these working environments, particularly in today's climate of limited resources.
Nigel Brunsdon has over a decade of experience of working within needle and syringe programmes both as a practitioner and a manager. He has been running the popular harm reduction website, Injecting Advice.com, since the start of 2007.
Mat has worked in the drugs and HIV fields as a practitioner, manager and activist for 25 years. Mat was an early harm reduction worker in the UK and in 1991 founded the pioneering Healthy Options Team (HOT), a harm reduction agency that employed peer workers and used community mobilisation strategies with people who use drugs (PWUD).
Val Goff gained the Advanced Certificate in the Management of Substance Misuse 9 years ago and has over 11 years experience working in the substance misuse/addictions field, mainly within the Criminal Justice System. She is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Val delivers these two-day, certificated courses on a freelance basis for the NHS and various other organisations.