Lord Mancroft cofounded the Addiction Recovery Foundation and served the charity as chairman for 18 years. He was then elected to become its first Patron. The Evening Standard newspaper described him as "the most knowledgeable parliamentarian on the subject of drugs".
Deirdre Boyd is CEO of the Addiction Recovery Foundation, cofounder/organiser of the UK/European Symposia on Addictive Disorders and cofounder of the Unity Group. She is editor of Addiction Today and author of Addictions: Your Questions Answered, printed in seven languages, as well as mental-health charity Mind's booklet Understanding Addictions/ Dependencies. She participated in focus roups for the dti Office of Science & Technology's Foresight project on Brain Science, Addiction & Drugs - which looked to the future 25 years from now. She was a trustee of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and is a member of the Centre for Policy Studies' Prisons and Addictions unit. In 2006, ICAA awarded her the Dr Vincent Bakeman memorial award for Outstanding Community Service.