Mike Trace

Chief Executive, Forward Trust

Mike Trace, CEO, Forward Trust. Following a period of 12 years doing front line work with the homeless, drug users and prisoners, Mike held the post of Deputy UK Drug ‘Czar’ from 1997 until 2001. His duties included the creation of the UK’s first National Drug Strategy and the oversight of its initial implementation. From 2000 to 2003, he was the Chairman of the European Union drugs agency, the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Here he steered a three-year work plan which involved the collation and dissemination of research and analysis on drug use, problems and responses across Europe.

From 2001 to 2002, Mike also held the post of director of performance at the National Treatment Agency, set up by the UK government to oversee the rapid expansion of the drug treatment sector, leaving to take on the role of Chief of the Demand Reduction section for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. Mike returned to the UK, and the non-governmental sector, in 2003. After a year as chief executive of The Blenheim Project, a provider of community treatment services in London, he took up his current post as chief executive of The Forward Trust in 2004.

Mike has continued to engage in policy issues as Founder and Chairman of the International Drug Policy Forum (from 2006 to 2016), and subsequently through a variety of speaking and consultancy engagements.


May 30, 2018 - Video

Criminal Justice Diversion Into Drug or Alcohol Treatment - How Are We Doing?

For over 20 years, a key UK drug strategy objective has been to identify people with drug problems in police stations, courts and prisons, and...

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