Lynda Clarke (Chair)

Trustee from 2008 

Lynda’s background is in education where she taught for 27 years before joining Bournemouth Local Authority as an Inspector of and Adviser for schools. On her retirement, 3 years ago, she was Manager of the School Improvement Team. She holds an honours degree, a teaching certificate and qualifications in psychotherapy, counselling and supervision.

Councillor Ted Taylor
Trustee from 1995

Ted’s background has been in Youth Work. He was a youth worker for over 30years, first as a centre based worker then as a Detached Youth Worker and took early retirement to become a Local Ward Councillor and was elected in 1996. His skills lie in creating effective relationships with people and also working relationships with agencies and organisations be it in the voluntary or statuary sector. His background has enabled him to spread the work of EDAS around the community, helping to develop the work that the organisation delivers.

Sheila Smith
Trustee from 2008

Sheila currently works for the Poole Local Authority and has spent over 30 years in a wide range of education posts including supporting vulnerable children and young people and training teachers, teaching assistants and learning mentors. She is also a qualified counselor.

Marc Del-Llano (Vice Chair)
Trustee from 2008

Marc is a commercial property solicitor qualified to give advice on a range of commercial and business matters including sales and purchases of going concerns and share sale agreements. He advises individuals, charities, partnerships and companies. His expertise extends to dealing with commercial property, residential property and employment issues.

Doreen Exon
Trustee from 2015

Doreen is a qualified nurse and has held a number of appointments within hospitals and community care. Following her move to Bournemouth in 1992 she undertook a number of roles within the local Health Authority which included the registration and inspection of health care facilities. When the regulation of these functions was transferred to national regulatory bodies Doreen became involved in the inspection and registration of a wider range of health and social care facilities within both the private and NHS sectors. Since her retirement from full time work she continues to undertake inspection assignments for the Care Quality Commission.

Doreen has wide experience in the provision of community health care and is glad to have the opportunity serving on the board of EDAS.

Dr Dylan Phillips

Trustee from 2016

Dylan is a 60 year old consultant specialising in addiction recently retired from the NHS in Hertfordshire. He was brought up in South Wales and after medical school became a family doctor.

After his own journey into drug and alcohol addiction he went to the Priory where, after rehabilitation he retrained in addiction treatment. Most of the following 20 years were spent in this specialty and he is still very much involved in mentoring drug and alcohol sufferers.

He and his wife moved to Dorset 2 years ago where they now enjoy beach walks with their two schnauzers, and receiving visits from their 5 grown up children! And lots of other friends. It is also only 5 minutes from the new Serenitea Recovery Café project!

Linda and Dylan enjoy travelling to all parts of the World, especially Europe in the sports car that he can still just about get in and out of!

Dylan is very excited by the work that goes on at EDAS and the wonderful enthusiasm of all the staff.

 Linda Cartwright

Trustee from 2017

Linda has a medical background and worked in public health for over 20 years, following a career in  hospital work specialising in infection.  During her time in  public health,  she had involvement with both statutory and non statutory agencies which offered different models of care for substance misuse.  Her main work was in communicable disease control which included viruses transmitted from person to person through contaminated needles and syringes and the promotion of hepatitis B vaccination. She is keen for substance misuse services to reduce harm to long term health. 


If you are interested in becoming an EDAS trustee we would love to hear from you, please contact Kate Allard on 01202 612895 or for more information.

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