Executive Team

CEO: John Devitt

John has had a varied and successful career and has experience of working in a range of sectors and environments including, International Development (The British Council), Enterprise (PNE Group) and Substance Misuse and Primary Care (Counted4 CIC). An experienced leader, he is a former participant of Common Purpose and has been a regular speaker on CP programmes as well as on degree courses for Social Workers and Medical Students. He is passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives and the wider community and strongly believes in the importance of personal enterprise in recovery.

Medical Director: Dr Martin Weatherhead, MB, BS, MRCGP

Martin is one of the leading substance misuse GP’s in the UK. A Sunderland based GP, he is the Chair and one of the founding partners of the Sunderland GP Alliance and was the Primary Care Substance Misuse Specialist and the Named Doctor for Children’s Safeguarding for the former Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust. An experienced leader he has worked in a number of clinical environments including residential detox and rehab units, and advised commissioning teams and other bodies such as the London Drugs Forum and Royal College of General Practitioners. Martin has also worked in outback Australia where he provided medical cover 24/7 for the local hospital, including its A+E department and also worked as a ship’s doctor for eighteen months where he provided all necessary medical care for the passengers and crew.

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