Mike Trace

Mike Trace has been CEO of The Forward Trust since 2004 – the year of the inaugural UKESAD. Some planning meetings for the conference (with Deirdre Boyd) were held in his kitchen in 2003!

He was the UK government’s Deputy UK Anti-Drug Co-ordinator (drug czar) under Tony Blair. His duties included the creation of the UK’s first National Drug Strategy and the oversight of its early years of implementation, a key part of which was the creation the National Treatment Agency.

From 2000-2003, Mike was president of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) before moving on to become chief of the Demand Reduction section at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Mike continues to be called on to offer advice to governments and opposition parties, as well as commissions and committees, in the UK and internationally.