Mike Ward is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Concern. He has worked in the substance misuse/mental health field for over thirty years. He founded and led Surrey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services, where he also acted as DAAT Coordinator and community safety lead. He is now a full-time consultant and trainer. He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and has recently written guidance on minimum standards for alcohol Intervention and Brief Advice (IBA).

Together with Mark Holmes, Mike developed the Blue Light Project, Alcohol Concern’s ground breaking initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for treatment resistant drinkers who place a burden on public services. The project shows that there are positive strategies that can be used with this client group.