Mark Gilman has spent 35 years working in addictions research, policy and practice. He has a first degree in Organisation Theory and a MA in the study of Drugs, Crime and Social Deviance. Mark was the Strategic Recovery Lead for Substance Misuse in Public Health England (PHE) where he initiated the work that PHE published as Facilitated Access to Mutual Aid (http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/mutualaid-fama.pdf). Mark established Discovering Health in 2015. He is an associate of Cormac Russell, an advocate for Asset Based Community Development and the founder member of The Expert Faculty on Commissioning for Substance Use Disorders. Mark agreed to be an ambassador for the Empower the Invisible Project because of his experience of substance use disorders (professionally and personally) and his fundamental belief that child hood trauma is the root of many (or most) of the most challenging forms of ‘addiction’. Addressing trauma is the most urgent need in the substance use disorder treatment and recovery world.

Mark is also a personal friend of co-founder and CEO Rose.