Meet the team
deaths and that is one of the problems we are looking to solve.
“The experience of people who have used or are presently using services in the city and their families, as well as those who provide services, will be vital to help the commissioners in their deliberations.
“We are keen to hear from anyone affected by drug abuse who can assist us in our work.”
Mr Peat added that the group was also aware of the ongoing regeneration work in Dundee and said it aimed to make it possible for everyone in the city to benefit from it.
Alcohol and drug specialist,andy Perkins, who has 22 years’ worth of experience in evaluating and reviewing policies, services and systems across the UK, said he believed the group’s work could be an example to other areas across the UK.
He added: “We have a unique opportunity here which could have an impact across the country.
“Dundee has been in the spotlight because of the number of drug deaths. However, these issues are not confined to the city.
“I have been working across England and we are talking about the same issues affecting people.
“This is the first commission and we hope we can come up with something for Dundee that can be replicated across the country.”
Chairman Robert Peat is a social worker and member of the NHS Tayside Board. He works as a consultant with Support in Mind Scotland.
Prof Alex Baldacchino is professor in medicine, psychiatry and addictions at St Andrews University.
Dr Andrew Fraser is director of public health science with NHS Health Scotland.
Professor Eilish Gilvarr is a consultant psychiatrist in addictions at Newcastle Addictions Service and professor of addiction psychiatry at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
John Goldie has just completed an independent review of Renfrewshire Alcohol Drugs Services. He has worked in drugs services since the early 1990s.
Kevin Keenan is leader of the Labour group on Dundee City Council.
Eric Know is the CEO of Volunteer Dundee.
Kuladharin is the CEO of the Scottish Recovery Consortium and a person in long-term recovery from addictions and mental health problems.
Dave Liddle leads the Scottish Drugs Forum. He has worked for the forum since 1986.
Simon Little has extensive experience in the fields of housing and homelessness and health and social care.
Jean Logan is associate director of pharmacy and community care for NHS Forth Valley.
Ken Lynn is chairman of the Integrated Joint Board (IJB). The councillor is also a non-executive member of the NHS Tayside board.
Susie Mertes is the superintendent responsible for partnerships and performance and is a member of the Police Scotland Tayside Division Command Team.
Justina Murray is CEO of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs.
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is a forensic chemist and director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and the Forensic Drug Research Group, both at the University of Dundee.
John Owens is a social worker with over 40 years’ experience in public service in both the statutory and voluntary sector.
Dr Tessa Parkes has experience in the statutory and non-statutory health, social care and housing/ homelessness sectors as a frontline support worker and mental health nurse.
Hazel Robertson is a board member of Scottish Drugs Forum and manager at Perth and Kinross Council’s services for children, young people and families.
Andy Perkins has 22 years of experience in the alcohol and drugs field, including managing residential and in-prison alcohol and drug treatment programmes.
Members of the Dundee Drug Misuse Commission which was set up to tackle the city’s increasing drugs problem.