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.

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.

Francessca Olivia

Francessca Olivia

Project Manager

Francessca joined Alpha House after completing her First Class Honours Degree in Social Work at Sheffield Hallum. She has since become an integral part of the day-to-day running of Alpha House Calderdale.

Francessca has grown into multiple roles that have assisted in the growth of Alpha House and the recovery of its clients.

Her duties range from administration tasks to the implementation of management systems, and was responsible for the procurement of Alpha’s new premises.

David Saltonstall

David Saltonstall

Team Leader

Dave is the Team Leader at Alpha House and works closely with our clients. His most valuable skill is in his ability to get alongside service users and help them to move forward. Dave has a real passion for seeing addicts get better and enjoys seeing them move on with their lives after Alpha.

Along with facilitating group sessions and working with clients on an individual one-to-one basis, Dave also works at Project Colt where Alpha House clients attend group twice a week.

Tim Greenwood

Tim Greenwood

Day Centre Manager

Tim Greenwood is our Day Centre Manager and has a wealth of experience in services related to drug and alcohol addiction. 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.

Scott Hacking

Scott Hacking

Housing Support Worker