Our team

Senior Management Team

Dot Turton, CEO

Laura Reid, Business Manager

Richy Cunningham, Regional Manager

Operational Management Team

Ricky Vasey, Rehab Manager 

Jenny Bryson, Community Lead (Gateshead)

Andrew Robinson, Community Lead (Middlesbrough)

Admin Team 

We have two Business Administrators whose roles are to take care of the administration for Recovery Connections and for our social enterprise businesses. 

Community Team 

Our community team is made up of 4 individuals, all of whom are in recovery themselves – visible recovery is very important to us and a huge part of what we do; this team focuses on facilitating our community groups.

Rehab Team 

Our rehab team consists of 7 individuals, all of whom are in recovery themselves. The roles of this team range from pre-hab consulation to rehab coaches and concierge staff. 

Other Departments

Our Marketing and Communications Officer manages all of the social media, marketing, websites and content for Recovery Connections and our social enterprise businesses. They also attend lots of networking events in the area to spread our message of recovery and encourage people to get involved. 

Our Young Person Worker works within educational establishments to create peer networks and visible recovery. They currently work within Teesside University and Middlesbrough College offering support and advice to young people struggling with addiction in any aspect of life.

Our Sustainable Housing Officer helps residents of our rehab find housing after completion of the programme in addition to offering support for ambassadors, volunteers and individuals who attend our community groups. 

Board of Trustees

Ruth Hicks (Chair)

Ruth has been a Trustee of Recovery Connections (formerly Hope North East) since our inauguration; she has been involved with the charity sector as a Trustee since 2007 where she began her journey with vulnerable adults with Durham Lesotho Link who worked with people in South Africa during the HIV/AIDS pandemic. While Assistant Director of Adult Social Care, she joined the Joint Commissioning Group for Middlesbrough and developed a particular interest in working with people in addiction and this work remained a priority following retirement. 

‘The most rewarding part of being involved in Recovery Connections is working with people in recovery and hearing stories which demonstrate how they have made a difference to their own lives and others – it is truly inspiring.’

David Jackson

Bridget Holmstrom

Dave Barras

Dave’s professional background is as a Learning Disability Nurse and Social Services Manager since 1990; he established a social enterprise in 2010 called ‘Positive Support for You CIC’. The organisation passionately believe that adults with learning disabilities, Autism and mental ill  health can live great lives in their communities and support them to do this through individualised care and support.

‘I was keen to work with Recovery Connections so that I could contribute to their great work and perhaps learn something myself in the process. Working with Recovery Connections has enabled me to hear powerful stories of people lives and their own individual journey through the recovery pathway – it is hard not to be moved and inspired.’  

Georgios Antonopolous

Margaret Philips

Nick Wallis