Crew’s Strategic Priorities

  • Visibility and influence – raise public awareness of Crew and our specialist expertise so that we develop our reputation as a trusted source of information, support and advice around reducing drug related harm in Scotland and beyond; effectively influence policy, legislation and practice.
  • Inclusiveness and social justice – be an accessible and inclusive community hub and a strong advocate for social justice and challenging stigma; widen access to our services and put the voices of people who come to Crew at the heart of service development.
  • Communications and digital – maintain and improve our online and physical resources and support; develop a stronger social multi-media presence targeted in particular to young people and decision-makers.
  • Fundraising and income generation – identify new sources of income, including digital fundraising, and increase our unreserved funds to further our mission.

Our Board of Directors, who are also Trustees

Malcolm BruceMalcolm Bruce, Chair of the Board of Directors graduated in Medicine, Aberdeen 1980, MRCPsych London 1984 and PhD Institute of Psychiatry 1989. He has further experience in Oxford prior to getting a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist post from 1994 to 2014, working in a Community Drug and Alcohol Problem Service in Edinburgh. In addition, since 1995, he’s worked with doctors with Addiction and Psychiatric problems, appointed by the GMC as an associate providing assessment and supervision of doctors who have undertakings on their registration, and is now a trainer for new associates.

Malcolm has been an active BMA trade association member and was Deputy Chair, then Chair, of NHS Lothian Local Negotiating Committee from 2004 to 2014. He remains in active practice as a Medical Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Service of Scotland and carries out short locum posts in locations around the central belt in Scotland. Since retiring from his full time NHS Consultant Post he has taken up sailing on the West Coast of Scotland which is a new pleasure for him.

Lily (she/her) has just completed her undergraduate degree in social policy at the University of Edinburgh. Having taken a particular interest in drug policy, the focus of her dissertation research was on peoples’ experiences of using magic mushrooms in Scotland. Lily currently works with Simon Community Scotland as a Harm Reduction Practitioner, delivering support and interventions for people experiencing homelessness and drug use in Edinburgh.

Earlier this year, Lily set up the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Edinburgh chapter with an aim to encourage greater harm reduction material on campus at the University of Edinburgh. Further to this, she is currently collaborating on a new harm reduction collective: Nae Danger! This project uses art to promote safer use of drugs amongst Edinburgh communities.

Lily have been a volunteer for Crew 2000 since February 2023 and has been involved in many areas of crew volunteering. She particularly enjoys helping at nightlife harm reduction events and is keen to contribute to the existing knowledge of the Crew board as a volunteer representative.

Richard graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 with a Bachelor of Accountancy and was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2011. He has worked as the Finance Director for a number of Scottish media businesses.

In 2020 Richard founded his own digital news business Tickir, which aims to make news more relevant and accessible to those under 30 by publishing articles directly onto Social Media. He also acts as a finance and business consultant for business within the creative sector in Scotland. He has two sons and enjoys spending his spare time watching them play various sports

Michelle (she/her) has been a volunteer at Crew since 2007 and joined the board in as a director elected by volunteers in 2021 and then independently in 2023. Michelle finds volunteering immensely fulfilling, giving her a sense of belonging, in a community she cares about. She is particularly passionate about Crew’s ethos of non-judgemental evidence-based practice in both drugs and sexual health harm reduction and believes the service clients should be at the heart of everything we do.

Originally from London, she has lived in Edinburgh for over 20 years and has had links to various club nights across the city. Michelle is a mum to a dinosaur loving very energetic child and 2 amazing dogs. Her hobbies include playing the piano, sewing, art, learning Gaelic and following NBA basketball.

Grayson (he/him) is a Criminology PhD Candidate and Tutor at the University of Edinburgh, where he earned an MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security. Grayson is the Vice President of the Law School’s Postgraduate Research Student Board, a member of the Student Discipline Committee, and the University’s PGR Rep for the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research. His primary area of research is drug harm reduction, specifically focussing on how carceral and community systems interact with autonomy and recovery.

Grayson has been volunteering at Crew since February 2023. He has assisted Sarah (Emerging Trends and Training Coordinator) in providing training to several groups across Scotland. He also volunteers weekly at the Drop-in, primarily with Robs (Drop-in Services Project Worker), sharing information and support with the many people who visit Crew. Occasionally, he participates in Nightlife Harm Reduction events, helping the team provide a chill out space and enabling participants to have a fun and safe experience. Grayson is excited to join the Board to support Crew’s person-centred approach of reducing drug and sexual health related harms and stigma.

Gavin Heron joined Crew recently and we are so excited to have his knowledge and experience as part of our fantastic Board.

Izzy (she/her) is the Senior Programme Manager for Student Space at Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity.

Prior to joining Student Minds, Izzy has worked in various roles within higher education; beginning as the elected Vice President Community for the University of Surrey Students’ Union. Izzy’s accomplishments included founding the Surrey chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK, producing a student drug use report and lobbying for policy change within the university. More recently, Izzy worked within Residence Life and welfare at the University of Exeter, leading on the creation of psychosocial intervention activities.

Crew Membership

Join Crew as a member. Crew membership is open to any individual person who supports our aims and values. More details of who can apply can be found on the application form. Being a member means that you can take part in any votes at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Download the 2020 Membership form and return to

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