Sebastian Saville, IDHDP Executive Director



Combining his drive and business sense with a passion for human rights, Sebastian is best described as a social entrepreneur. He was  appointed as Executive Director of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies in 2014 and for the previous nine years he was the Executive Director of  Release, the UK centre of expertise on drugs and the law. A member of the  Expert Witness Institute, Sebastian is able to provide specialist evidence in all UK courts of law and has accompanied high-level delegations as an expert on drug policy and harm reduction. Sebastian has used his extensive knowledge and expertise in the field to produce feature length documentary films and to help conceive global web platforms (Talking Drugs). When featured in a broadsheet interview, Sebastian was described as a “Rebel with a cause.”



Dr Chris Ford, IDHDP Clinical Director


Chris recently retired from General Practice in London where she worked for nearly 30 years. During this time she developed a special interest in working with people who use drugs and/or alcohol many with HIV and/or hepatitis. Increasingly concerned about the gap between practice and policy, Chris and others founded Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP), which is a successful UK network of supporting doctors and other health professionals working with people who have drug problems. In 2009 Chris set up International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies (IDHDP) to increase the international participation of medical doctors in drug policy.  Chris


Amanda Huke-Smith, IDHDP Communications


Amanda leads on all IDHDP communications including the website, the newsletter and social media platforms.  In the few months she has been at IDHDP she has brought a fresh dynamic aspect to the organization’s global presence.    

With a background in dance and now training to be a physiotherapist she brings real enthusiasm to her work and her training has given the strong attention to detail so important in communications.  







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