Trustees

Ronald Hooberman – Chairman

Ronald is formerly a partner and now a consultant at Mishcon de Reya Solicitors in London. He leads the Firm's Urban Regeneration Group of real estate, construction and planning lawyers, and joined the Release board in October 2006.

James Hardy – Treasurer

James is a partner at New Laws Legal and is a corporate and commercial lawyer with twenty years’ experience.  He joined the Release board in July 2006.

Dr Christine Ford

Chris has been a GP in North West London for 20 years and has special interests in working with people who use drugs and/or alcohol. She has published widely about the care of people who use drugs in general practice and joined the Release board in November 2006.

Roger Golland

Roger spent over thirty years in HM Diplomatic Service. He completed overseas postings in Ankara, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Brussels. In the latter part of his career he was variously responsible for counter-narcotics, learning and development, strategic resource planning and European policy departments. He developed a close interest in drugs policies after visiting a number of producer and transit countries. He has worked closely with the Home Office and law enforcement agencies. Over the past two years he has been a consultant for a company specialising in capacity-building training for government organisations overseas.

Edward Henry

Edward is a barrister, specialising in Criminal and Regulatory defence. He is a member of QEB Hollis Whiteman, his chambers. He joined the Release Board in January 2011.

Anna Ling

Anna is a barrister, specialising in Criminal and Regulatory law. She is also a qualified lawyer in the US who specialised in defending criminal drug offences in federal and state courts for several years. She joined the Release Board in April 2015.

Andrew MacDonald

Andrew is the Deputy Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery. He was Senior Foreign Editor of Channel 4 news until 2004. He has 20 years' experience in news and current affairs journalism, and has worked for independent producers and the BBC, as well as for ITN. Andrew became a trustee of Release in December 2004.

Amber Marks

Amber is a journalist and an academic lawyer at Queen Mary’s University in London. She was appointed to the Board in July 2012.

David Rowntree

David is a solicitor and a musician. He was appointed to the Board in 2012.

Viveen Taylor

Viveen is currently employed as Head of Programmes London for Gingerbread, a charity supporting the rights of single parent families. Viveen was previously Chair of the National Drugs and Race Equality Coalition and joined the Board of Release in September 2009.