Viveen Taylor - Chairperson
Viveen is the Strategic Lead for Lower Socio Economic Groups at Sports England. Viveen was previously Head of Programmes London for Gingerbread and the Chair of the National Drugs and Race Equality Coalition, she joined the Release Board in Septemeber 2009.
Stephen Goschalk – Treasurer
Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He provides advisory services to start-up companies and previously worked in financial services for many years. He joined the Release Board in September 2017.
Natasha currently manages Liberation Campaigns at National Union of Students. Her background is in anti-racism and policing, having previously worked at Release on stop and search projects, StopWatch and the European anti-racist network UNITED.
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.
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.
David is the project manager of the Build on Belief service user charity. He has worked in the drug and alcohol field for the last 10 years and runs a weekend drug and alcohol project in East London. He joined the Release Board in September 2017.
Ronald joined the Release Board in October 2006, he was Chairman of the Board from 2009 untl 2018 when he stepped down from the position. He was a partner, and latterly a consultant, at Mishcon de Reya Solicitors in London until his retirement in December 2018.
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.
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 is a solicitor and a musician. He was appointed to the Board in 2012.
Dame Ruth Runciman
Dame Ruth Runciman was Chair of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust from 2001 - 2013, and is Deputy Chair of the Prison Reform Trust of which she was a founding Trustee. From 1974-1995, Ruth was a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs where she chaired several Working Groups including those that produced reports on AIDS and drug misuse, and drug misuse and the criminal justice system. She was Chair of the UK Drug Policy Commission from 2007 – 13 and Chair of the National AIDS Trust from 2000 – 2006. Ruth chaired the Police Foundation Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (1997-2000) which produced the report Drugs and the Law in 2000. From 1994-1998 she was Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission. In her CAB career she set up a Citizens Bureau Advice Service in Wormwood Scrubs in 1989 which was the first CAB in any prison in the UK.