Staff

Nicky Saunter – Chief Executive | nicky@tdpf.org.uk

Nicky brings management and leadship skills from 20 years as an entepreneur setting up companies from retail to manufacturing, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and social enterprise. Co-founder of the Bristol-based Boston Tea Party group, Nicky more recently headed up social enterprise Learning From The Land and the award-winning eco acoustics firm, The Woolly Shepherd. She trained originally as an editor with the Econmist Intelligence Unit, authoring their first reports on the environment in Asia. Throughout her life she has also contributed to and worked for causes she feels strongly about as a volunteer and trustee.
 

Danny Kushlick – Head of External Affairs | danny@tdpf.org.uk

Danny is the founder of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, which he started in 1996, after working in a variety of jobs in the drugs field. It was his clients' experience that led him to the understanding that prohibition is a social policy catastrophe. He worked for Bristol Drugs Project, the Big Issue Foundation, Bath Area Drugs Advisory Service and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO). He is now an internationally recognised commentator on drug and drug policy issues, with a unique combination of personal experience and broad, global view.
 

Martin Powell – Head of Campaigns and Communications | martin@tdpf.org.uk

Martin leads our integrated programme of work on local reform across the UK. He brings to this his enormous experience from environmental and international development campaign groups, including Friends of the Earth, the World Development Movement and as Co-Chair of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. He previously worked for the French nuclear industry and as a social support worker for a homeless charity. He has a degree in applied chemistry, and a post-graduate diploma in environmental science, policy and planning.
 

Steve Rolles – Senior Policy Analyst | steve@tdpf.org.uk | @SteveTransform

Steve has been hugely instrumental in Tranform's development since he joined the nascent organisation in 1998 alongside Danny Kushlick. As well as writing a range of journal articles, periodicals and book chapters, Steve was lead author on many of Transform's publications, including 2009’s 'After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation'. He is a regular contributor to the public debate on drug policy and law in print and broadcast media, and has been a speaker at various events, conferences and inquiries held by, among others, the UK government, the UN, and many other high-level international bodies. Before joining Transform, Steve worked for the Medical Research Council and Oxfam. He has a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Manchester.

 

Jane Slater

Jane Slater – Head of Operations and Fundraising | jane@tdpf.org.uk

Jane leads the groundbreaking Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control' campaign and engineered the international campaign in advance of the UNGASS 2016. Before joining Transform in 2007, Jane worked for various charities and public sector bodies, including Gemini.org and the British Red Cross. She graduated with a degree in Geography from the University of Manchester and has subsequently completed an MSc in International Development at Bath University. Her masters focused on the urgent need for the international development community to engage with drug policy reform. 

 

Lisa Sanchez – Latin American Programme Manager (based in the offices of México Unido Contra la Delincuencia in Mexico) | lisa@mucd.org.mx

Lisa brings a genuinely international perspective to Transform, providing expert advice and experience on Latin American drug policy. Lisa has previously worked for a range of organisations, including the International Aids Society and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States. She is also co-founder of the Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Programme of Espolea, a youth-lead organisation based in Mexico City. Lisa has a degree in international relations from Tec de Monterrey and Sciences-Po Paris and a graduate degree in political science from The Sorbonne in France.
 

Ben Campbell – Communications Officer | ben@tdpf.org.uk @BenTransform

Ben's background in political communications and campaigns working for the UK Parliament and the European Parliament brought new skills to Transform when he joined in 2016. He has an undergraduate degree in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway University of London, and an MSc in International Security from the University of Bristol. In 2017 he joined the official NGO blogging team at the UN in Vienna.

 

Izzy Taylor – Operations and Finance Assistant | izzy@tdpf.org.uk

Izzy is deeply interested in all aspects of drug policy and first joined Transform as a volunteer after graduating with a Philisophy degree from the University of Sussex in 2015. In 2016 she become our Operations and Finance Assistant. In 2017 she joined the official NGO blogging team at the UN in Vienna.



Mary Ryder – Anyone's Child Coordinator | mary@tdpf.org.uk

Mary supports Jane Slater on the fast-growing Anyone's Child campaign. Her Spanish language skills together with her policy interest have enabled her to lead on the Anyone's Child Mexico idocumentary project, working in a conjunction with the University of Bristol's Quipu Project. Mary originally joined Transform in 2016 as an intern, having finished her degree in Philosophy and Spanish at the University of Bristol.