Annette Dale-Perera has over 30 years experience in working in substance misuse, offending and recovery with over 18 years working in national policy or as a government advisor.

She is currently the Strategic Director of Addiction and Offender Care for the Central & NW London NHS Foundation Trust overseeing networks of substance misuse and health services in community and Prison settings. Her current remit includes operational director of substance misuse treatment and recovery services in 7 London boroughs, an in-patient unit, a Club Drug Clinic and the National Problem Gambling Clinic.

The offender care portfolio includes a variety of substance misuse, mental health, primary care and whole healthcare system in 13 Prisons, substance misuse and mental health court assessment and diversion schemes in Central and West London and low secure forensic units.

Previous Work

Annette was previously Director of Quality at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) for 7 years; Director of Policy at DrugScope/SCODA for 7 years; a research fellow at the University of London for 6 years; and a manager/practitioner in substance misuse and adolescent services. Her background is in psychology.

She has been responsible for the development and/or writing of over 100 guidance and research documents in substance misuse – many at a national level though her national policy roles. She is currently a full council member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and co-chairs its new Recovery Committee. She is currently a Trustee of Build on Belief (BoB) and AdFam. Her previous experience includes a commissioner for UK Drugs Policy Commission and UK national representative on substance misuse in United Nations and European Commission.