Board of Trustees

Roger Golland OBE – Chair

Roger Golland spent 32 years in the Diplomatic Service. He was in Turkey during the last military coup, in Hungary shortly before the fall of the Iron Curtain, in Argentina during the renegotiation of diplomatic relations and in Brussels during the Kosovo conflict. He later held posts leading on counter-narcotics, financial planning and training, before a final assignment as a Director responsible for Europe and economic matters. Since 2010 he has been business development director for a Westminster-based consultancy and training company. Roger's interests include sustainable development, environmental conservation, reform of drugs policies, and organisational leadership.


Clive Bates

Clive has previously worked in support of a range of progressive causes, including the environment, public health, sustainability and international development. He was formerly a Director General with the Welsh government, prior to being seconded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has also previously worked for the United Nations Environment Programme Sudan, the Environment Agency, the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, ASH, Greenpeace, and the International Institute for Energy Conservation. Clive maintains a personal blog, which you can read at


John Whitaker

After 25 years in marketing and business services including Marketing Director of A C Nielsen and Managing Director at AGB, John spent twelve years as Deputy Director of Oxfam GB. He has worked with charities, companies and government bodies and is currently Chair of BUILD, the Ethical Property Foundation and the Ethical Property Company.


Elizabeth Whitehouse

After a brief career teaching mathematics, Elizabeth became an employment, discrimination and human rights solicitor. At the Equal Opportunities Commission she was involved in many leading cases. She represented doctors for the British Medical Association and also worked as a freelance trainer. Elizabeth held a number of board appointments in education, publishing, an NHS Trust and was a member of a Medical Research Ethics Committee. Since retiring from practice she has worked as a legal researcher, a parish clerk, and is currently a National Trust volunteer and a member of the Members Allowances Panel for a unitary Council.


Ros Kennedy

Ros has lived in Bristol for over 35 years and worked as a GP until recently. She is Vice Chair of Governers at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and is a trustee with Bristol Drugs Project, Bristol Charities and Arnos Vale Cemetary Trust. She was lucky enough to be High Sheriff of Bristol for a year until March 2016. and so was able to meet and support a wide range of individuals in the statutory and charity sectors. Since leaving office, she continues to meet and support several of these organisations, including Bristol Music Trust, Changing Tunes and Borderlands. She is married with three sons and two granddaughters.


Howard Jacobs

Howard has pursued a number of charitable and non-charitable interests in recent years, with a bias towards pension matters, one of his areas of specialisation when he was a Partner in a London law firm. Current commitments include chair of trustees one of Cambridge University's pension schemes, member of the Aviva With Profits Committee and trustee of the RIver and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames. His interest in drugs reform stems from realising that the unarguable failure of UK drug policy - control by eradication of use - is not of itself a catalyst for change.


Claire Wilcox

Claire is an experienced executive director, who has worked with both small owner managed & FT100/SEC regulated businesses. She has gained strong International/European experience whilst working within manufacturing environments. Her specific expertise is within finance and she is FCMA/CGMA qualified.