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Bill Puddicombe - Background

Bill is a freelance consultant working in the social and healthcare field. He specialises in the field of treatment and other services for drug and alcohol users. He works with clients in the statutory, private and 3rd sectors.

He was a leader in the voluntary sector for 20 years, working for organisations from small community projects to large national charities. In 1998, after leading the start up of care services at New Era Housing Association (now known as the Dimensions Group) he was appointed the Chief Executive of the national drug treatment provider, Phoenix Futures. Bill led Phoenix through a period of growth for nine years before becoming freelance in 2006.

From 2004 to 2009, Bill was the Chair of EATA, the trade body for independent providers of treatment to people with drug and alcohol dependency.

As a consultant he has worked with organisations as diverse as small charities and Shire Counties. His projects have ranged from supporting the development of new services to advising on governance practice and structures.

Bill is the Chair of Essex Probation Board. He is also the Chair of Adfam, the national organisation working with families affected by substance misuse. He is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Chartered Director, admitted by the Institute of Directors.

Brief CV

1998 2006 Chief Executive of Phoenix House

1992 1997 Director of Housing Services at New Era Housing

1988 1992 Divisional Manager for Mencap

1996 1988 Co-ordinator for the Hornsey Centre

1978 to 1988 was spent in various employment working with people with learning difficulties, elderly people and children.