In the mid-80s I left teaching to become an adviser on drug education for Sefton Council on Merseyside. During the one year in which I was in post I worked with the people running the Mersey Drugs Training and Information Centre (MDTIC) in Liverpool. This was a drop-in centre created to give honest, evidence- based information about drugs to people who used drugs, their families and anyone else who wanted to know. In 1987 I became the Director of the MDTIC. There was much interest in what was being done on Merseyside as far as HIV prevention with people who injected drugs was concerned, and we had visitors from all over the world who wanted to see first hand what was going on.
I’m the Deputy Director here at HIT, which basically means I do a bit of everything! I’ve been at HIT since 2009. Day-to-day, I’m directly responsible for the publications side of the business, but I also oversee the smooth operation of the whole of HIT. I’m often to be found exhibiting at conferences – if you see me, come and say hi!
I am the Training Manager here at HIT, so I’m responsible for putting together our annual training programme and liaising with our customers and trainers to set up commissioned courses. My days involve a LOT of emails back and forth, writing evaluation reports and putting training packs together, amongst other things!
I’m HIT’s Community Manager, it’s a very grand title that doesn’t quite explain the work I do. I’m responsible for managing HIT’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter etc.), putting together the community focused websites we run like the Naloxone.org.uk and encouraging people to use these services. I’m basically the guy who’s job it is to let you know what we’re doing here at HIT from day to day. I’m also the resident photographer for out events at HIT like the Hot Topics Conference.