Who I am


I have worked at senior levels in the private, public and voluntary sectors. As well as my consultancy business, I have recently been appointed as Director of SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems - www.shaap.org.uk).

I am also currently carrying out part-time PhD. research at Birkbeck College, University of London about how young people at risk of social disadvantage can succeed in spite of the odds against them.

From 2000- 2009, I was Chief Executive of Mentor UK, the charity which focuses on developing effective drug misuse prevention activities. Prior to that, from 2005, I was Chief Executive of Angel Drug Services, a London-based street drugs agency.

From 2008 - 2010, I was a member of the UK Government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). Since 2010, I have been a member of the UK's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs.

My other previous work experience has included developing community participation in planning and delivering Health and Social Services and setting up joint planning systems to deliver Community Care services. I have also managed local HIV prevention and treatment services and an international HIV prevention project for the British Red Cross.

I am a Board member of the Junction Youth Project in Edinburgh and a voluntary adviser to Wired In: http://wiredintorecovery.org/. I have held a number of Trustee positions in voluntary organisations and have chaired a Community Health Council.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Past academic achievements include:

MSc. Public Service Management (Awarded with Distinction), South Bank University

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, Polytechnic of Central London

M.A. (Hons.) History, University of Edinburgh 

From time to time, I share some personal perspectives on my blog: http://ericcarlin.wordpress.com.