Annemarie Ward

Annemarie Ward was elected in a unanimous vote taken by the trustees on December 5th 2013 to become the Charity Chief Executive Officer. You can read about it here.

Annemarie Ward is the founder of the UK Recovery Walk Charity – now known as Faces & Voices of Recovery UK (May 2015). The aim of the charity is to be a policy advocacy movement that is taking on issues of discrimination, social justice and service access. 

We are also a public and professional education movement, intent on challenging stigma. We do this by delivering messages of hope to the cultures of addiction within our systems and treatment.

The Walks are an opportunity for us to announce our presence and, in time, mobilise and organise our community.

In the past Annemarie’s work included being a founding director of the UK Recovery Federation, The alcohol and drug partnership co-ordinater for Ayrshire and the head of research & development for a small charity . Her work has also included the development, implementation, monitoring and review of local research & development schemes in health-related services. She has also conducted a variety of small research projects, managed self harm and addiction projects, regularly written funding bids and organised workshops, seminars, conferences and training courses on a variety of alcohol and other drug issues.

In that previous life Annemarie had addictions to various substances, (not a drug of choice kind of gal, she liked them all till they stopped working). In fact, she says the only substances she hasn’t tried are ‘alcopops’,  legal highs- she got into ‘recovery’ before their introduction – and glue, as where she grew up, glue was for boys and gas was for girls.

In August 2019 Annemarie celebrated 22 years of complete abstinence from all mind and mood altering substances.

Annemarie has a Masters degree (2005) and successfully completed a PG cert in Competence in Managing Drug and Alcohol services (2008) both from the University of Glasgow.

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