Annette Dale-Perera has worked in addiction for over 30 years and is Director of a management consultancy company specialising in substance use disorder policy and treatment.

In 2018/19 her main contracts included:

  • lead consultant for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on a global project on quality standards in drug treatment
  • Working for UNODC Nigeria helping national experts develop clinical guidelines for substance use disorder treatment 
  • Consultant for ChangeGrowLive (CGL), the largest provider of UK substance misuse services, helping design a quality improvement programme for opioid medication-assisted treatment and business development.

Annette is a government advisor (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and chair of the ACMD Recovery Committee). She is a Trustee of 2 charities: Build on Belief (BoB) and AdFam. Previously, she was an NHS Strategic Director of Addiction and Offender Health at Central North West London Foundation Trust (2009-14) with a portfolio covering 9 localities and 15 prisons. Her other roles include Executive Director of Quality (2001-2009) at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) (2001-2009), Director of Policy for SCODA/DrugScope (1995-2001); a University of London Research Fellow (1989-1995); and a practitioner (1984-89). Her background is in psychology and has authored and/or led the development of numerous national drug and alcohol publications.

Annette loves travelling and music and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.