Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs - Members

Body: Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Health and Social Care, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: Central London
Number of Vacancies: 9
Remuneration: The role is unremunerated, but travel expenses incurred on committee business in the UK will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment is 10-15 days per year.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Experts in topics including clinical toxicology, drug markets, social research and social care have been appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), to help deliver the ACMD’s vital ongoing work.
The ACMD is an independent body which makes recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs, including classification and scheduling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its regulations.
The new appointees being announced today are:
Professor Sarah Galvani, professor of Social Research and Substance Use at Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Judith Aldridge, professor of criminology at the University of Manchester
Dr David Wood, consultant physician and clinical toxicologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, and Reader in clinical toxicology at King’s College London
The Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Professor Owen Bowden-Jones, said:
I am delighted to welcome the new members to the ACMD. Their range of expertise will ensure that the Council continues to provide the best possible evidence-based advice on the harms of drug misuse. I look forward to working with each of them on a range of projects.
The 3 appointments to the ACMD will serve 3 year terms. Appointments to the ACMD attract no remuneration, and have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code on Public Appointments.
The newly appointed members take up their positions today.

Date: 03/08/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    26 April 2019

  • Final Interview Date

    13 March 2020

  • Announcement

    3 August 2020

Subject to Ministerial agreement, we expect the interviews will take place on 20, 22 and 24 May.


Assessment Panel

  • Katherine Merrifield and Gwen Nightingale Added 20/03/2019

    Panel Chair

    Joint Heads, Drugs and Alcohol Unit, Crime, Policing and Fire Group, Home Office • Departmental Official

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  • Dr Owen Bowden-Jones Added 20/03/2019

    ACMD Chair • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dr Duncan Harding Added 20/03/2019

    Defra’s Agri-food Chain – Innovation, Productivity and Science Unit • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a leading role in advising the Government on a range of issues relating to drug misuse?

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is one of the most important expert advisory non-departmental public bodies in Government.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 the ACMD has a statutory duty to keep drug misuse in the United Kingdom under review, and to advise the Government on measures for preventing misuse and the resulting health and social problems. The ACMD is also a statutory consultee under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

As a member of the ACMD, you will contribute towards the development and delivery of independent and expert advice to Government. We are seeking new members with expertise in the following areas:

• Expert in prevention in relation to drug misuse, which may include experience of working with young people.
• Social scientist in relation to drug misuse.
• Clinical toxicologist with expertise in relation to drug misuse.
• Doctor or Practitioner with experience of dealing with issues related to drug misuse.
• Medicinal or forensic chemist with expertise in drugs misuse.
• Police officer with experience of dealing with drug-related offences.
• Legal with experience of dealing with issues related to drug misuse.
• Addiction psychologist with experience of dealing with issues related to drug misuse.
• Neuropharmacologist with experience in relation to drug misuse.

We would welcome members who have knowledge of drug-related issues relevant to LGBT and BAME communities.

The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills; the ability to critically analyse, synthesise, evaluate and systematically approach evidence, data and information from diverse sources, making impartial and balanced decisions; the ability to work collaboratively with other members and stakeholders, and to constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values to reach consensus.

This appointment will be for a period of three years with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

To deliver in the role, applicants should be able to demonstrate:

• The ability to apply their respective areas of expertise and bring authority, knowledge and breadth to this multi-faceted issue of great public interest and importance;

• Strong interpersonal skills and evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups;

• Evidence of working collaboratively with committee members and stakeholders and actively and constructively contributing to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and reaching impactful and timely conclusions;

• The ability to think logically and objectively, to critically analyse, synthesise, evaluate and systematically approach evidence, data and information from diverse sources identifying key issues and making effective impartial and balanced decisions;

• The confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively and to take, and be accountable for decisions;

• An appreciation of equality and diversity and a willingness to champion difference.

Additional Information

The successful candidates will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between four to six weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks.

How to Apply

Please send your completed application comprising current CV, Supporting Statement and Annex A supporting documentation to

190320 - ACMD Members - candidate pack - Final
190320 - Annex A - Supporting Documentation
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