Members Of The Advisory Council On The Misuse Of Drugs

Body: The Advisory Council On The Misuse Of Drugs
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Health and Social Care, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: Mostly London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 11
Remuneration: The role is unremunerated, but travel expenses incurred on committee business in the UK will be reimbursed
Time Requirements: 10-15 days per year


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

An announcement is expected in February following Security Checks.

Date: 12/02/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Appointments delayed due to summer recess. A decision will be taken post recess. An announcement is expected in February following Security Checks.


Assessment Panel

  • Dr Bowden-Jones,

    Panel Chair

    ACMD and science representative • Representative of Organisation

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  • Andy Johnson

    Deputy Director Drugs and Alcohol Unit, Crime, Policing and Fire Group, Home Office • Other Panel Member

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  • Dr Jo Dally

    Head of Policy (Research), Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The ACMD is seeking 11 new members with demonstrable expertise in one, or more, of the following areas.

  • Enforcement with an interest in drug markets / Police with expertise in the drugs area
  • Forensic Chemist with an interest in the drugs field
  • Neuropharmacologist
  • Clinical GP / Clinical Psychologist / Hospital consultant with an interest in substance misuse
  • Issues relevant to the LGBT communities
  • Issues relevant to BAME communities
  • Prison / offender management
  • Director of Public Health or Drug and alcohol commissioner
  • Pharmacist with experience of Misuse of Drugs Regulations
  • Legal
  • Third sector, with experience of drug service providers

Members of the ACMD are appointed as individuals to fulfil the role of the Council and have a duty to act in the public interest. Members are not appointed as representatives of their particular profession, employer or interest group.

As a member of the ACMD, you will contribute towards the development and delivery of independent and expert advice to Government.

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

Your supporting statement should provide evidence of your skills and experience against the essential selection criteria set out below. Please be clear about the scale and significance of your role/achievement. The evidence you provide against the selection criteria will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for the role.


To deliver in the role, it is essential that are able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the issues related to drug misuse and an awareness of how the views of the scientific community and the public are changing politically and socially.
  • The ability to bring from their respective areas of expertise, authority, knowledge, and breadth to a complex and multi-faceted issue of great public interest and importance;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with committee members and stakeholders and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and generating options to reach consensus;
  • The ability to think logically and objectively to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence and information from diverse sources and identify key issues and make effective impartial and balanced decisions;
  • The ability to consider and systematically approach complex data;
  • 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;
  • Evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups, and reaching impactful and timely conclusions.

Additional Information

If you have any queries about any aspect of this role, please contact Dr Jo Wallace (Head of Home Office Science Secretariat) on 020 7035 5076 or by e-mail at

How to Apply

For further information and details of how to apply, please see the attached candidate pack.

Completed applications should be emailed to

If you can not apply online, please post applications to:

Public Appointments Team

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

Ground Floor

Seacole Building

London SW1P 4DF

Annex A - Supporting Documentation 2016
170329 - ACMD Members Pack - Final
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