OUR STAFF & TRUSTEES

TRUSTEES

Fran Nowell

Fran Nowell

Chair

Fran is a retired Probation Officer with 18 years’ experience of working with Prolific and Priority offenders most with serious addiction and mental health issues. (It was Fran’s vision of providing accommodation to meet the needs of this group which has inspired Alpha House Calderdale)

Mary Spencer

Mary Spencer

Treasurer

Mary works for Project Colt Substance misuse service in Elland. She has over 17 years of experience working with substance misuse treatment programmes. Mary joined the management committee in 2012 to further partnership working between the two organisations.

Dawn Trafford

Dawn Trafford

Trustee

Dawn worked in finance for large Housing Associations for most of her career before retiring so she has a wealth of experience regarding housing vulnerable tenants and navigating down sensitive economic/political paths. "I am totally in agreement with Alpha House policies regarding housing and supporting our clients. Everyone deserves a second chance and I think it is brilliant that we can do this”.

Jane Webster

Secretary

For the last 16 years Jane has worked for the West Yorkshire management team in the ambulance service. Volunteering has included amongst other things: 34 years of being a leader with Girl Guiding UK working with all age groups.

Katherine Hartley

Director

"I am involved with the Alpha house project because as a Christian, I feel that this is what I’m being called to do. I am a teacher and have a settled life. I firmly believe that people leaving prison, having had drug and alcohol problems need supported housing where they can get help and support in staying dry and clean and in rebuilding their lives”.

Hazel Beecham

Director

"I became a Trustee, because I am a Christian and I also have a background in housing. I work closely with a number of agencies as a Housing Officer and this has proved useful for our customers within Alpha House and I can use my existing skills in a new context. I have gained valuable experience in the 18 months that I have been involved with Alpha House. There is no better feeling than being involved in improving the lives of others and I find being a Trustee rewarding and enjoyable. Being a Trustee has presented me with new challenges and I am learning from the other Trustees. Being a Trustee of Alpha House has also benefitted me personally as well as in my career within my Housing Association which in turn brings more skills to Alpha House”.

STAFF

Yvonne Oliver

Yvonne Oliver

Business Development Manager and Clinical Director

Yvonne joined Alpha House Calderdale in January 2012 as Business Development Manager and Senior Addictions Counsellor. She brings a range of qualifications and a vast amount of knowledge and experience. As well as having a Leeds University BA Hons degree in Public Media and an MA in Managing Change from Bradford University she is a highly qualified Addiction Treatment professional with an MSc in Addictions Psychology from London South Bank University and two postgraduate Counselling Diplomas. She is also a qualified BACP registered counsellor.

She was the founder and CEO of a large successful Drug and Alcohol Dependency Service in Bradford until 2007 and a regular speaker at high profile Conferences and Seminars sharing panels and platforms with senior politicians and also sat on Ministerial Advisory Groups. She was a frequent guest to both Houses of Parliament and knows more than most the difficulties in addressing and treating addictive disorder and creating policy and procedures and therapeutic interventions for dealing with the consequences.

James Mazurke

James Mazurke

Administrator

James began as a resident on the day treatment recovery programme and then began volunteering with us. His skills became so valuable that when he finally moved out of Alpha House accommodation he was offered a part time job with Alpha House as an Administrator.

James is very keen to progress and takes his recovery very seriously as a member of a 12 Step fellowship he continues to develop his personal skills. His professional development is also very important to him and he has attended numerous courses to improve his skills in the role he undertakes as well as having completed his NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

David Saltonstall

David Saltonstall

Group Facilitator and Peer Mentor

Dave is a Group Facilitator and Peer Mentor and joined us at the beginning of the year. His skills are excellent but his most valuable skill is his ability to get alongside service users and help them to move forward. Dave has a heart for seeing addicts get better and move on with their lives and strives to help them do this in any way he can.

Tim Greenwood

Tim Greenwood

Care Plan Coordinator

Tim Greenwood is our Care Plan Coordinator and has a wealth of experience in the field. He has worked at several high profile drugs services and is keen to see Alpha House develop and grow. His skills include coordinating care packages and designing day treatment programmes so we are pleased to welcome him to the team.

Michelle Ozgowicz

Michelle Ozgowicz

Book Keeper

As well as enjoying keeping our finances in order she loves to cook and runs a "cook and eat" programme with some of our residents, They love it!