Mark Bellis

Public Health Wales

Professor Mark Bellis is the Director of Policy, Research and International Development for Public Health Wales and Professor of Public Health at Bangor University. Mark is the Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being and a member of the WHO global expert advisory panel on violence prevention. Mark has undertaken substantive work in the fields of violence prevention, alcohol, drugs and sexual health. As well as international work with WHO, Professor Bellis has also worked as an advisor to organisations including; United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. He has published over 170 academic papers and more than 250 applied public health reports and continues to direct an on-going research programme examining the prevention of violence and its impact on health across the life course.

Karen Hughes

Public Health Wales

Karen is Research and Capacity Development Manager (Specialist Projects) at Public Health Wales and an Honorary Professor at Bangor University. Karen has a broad public health research portfolio with focus on violence prevention, alcohol use, youth risk behaviours and nightlife health. She is a member of the global Violence Prevention Alliance and has acted as an expert advisor to organisations including the World Health Organization, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Department of Health and National Institute for Health Research. Karen has published over 80 academic papers and a wide range of national and international reports to inform public health policy and practice.

Matej Košir

UTRIP, Slovenia

Matej is the Director of UTRIP since 2006. He has been working in the field of prevention and advocacy for the last 21 years. He is a coordinator of the Prevention Platform network, which includes more than 40 supporting partners (mostly NGOs) in Slovenia. He has been involved in more than 25 EU-funded research and developmental projects. He is a co-developer of the European Prevention Curriculum and a contributor to the UNODC/WHO International Prevention Standards. EUSPR has awarded him with “Leading European Prevention Science Practitioner Honour” in 2017. SPR has awarded him and his wife with “International Collaborative Prevention Research Award” in 2020. He is a Prevention Science PhD student at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). He is a Vice-President of the International Confederation of Research Associations in the field of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ICARA) and a Deputy Chairperson of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC). Matej co-organised Club Health Prague 2011.

Fernando Mendes

IREFREA, Portugal

Fernando is a Clinical Psychologist working in Coimbra, Portugal and has been involved in cross national, European and International investigations and interventions in nightlife settings since 1997. Fernando is the President of IREFREA Portugal, which conducts cross-national investigation in youth risk behavior and substance use in nightlife settings and implements research, and capacity building programs in prevention and risk behavior. Fernando is a member of the Noite Saudável das Cidades do Centro de Portugal scientific committee, which involves training and advocacy in areas of nightlife drug consumption, violence, road accidents and law across 24 cities in Portugal. Fernando co-organised Club Health Lisbon 2015.

Sarah Morton

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in University College Dublin, Ireland

Sarah is Director of the Community Partnership Drugs Programme in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in University College Dublin.  She holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath.  Dr Morton has extensive experience in policy, practice and outcome evaluation in relation to addressing complex social issues including drug and alcohol use.  In recent years, she has focused on the interplay of violence and substance use and on innovation in substance use interventions for individuals, families and communities.  Sarah co-organised Club Health Dublin 2017.

Adam Winstock

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and London and Global Drug Survey, UK

Adam is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. He has spent over a decade researching new trends, focusing on their patterns of use, effect profiles and predictors of harm. He has also monitored the impact of legislation on their use. He has written over 100 papers, monographs and book chapters. He is interested in helping to craft optimal public health responses to drugs and had written papers considering alternatives to criminalization as a means of legislative control. Adam is also founder and director of Global Drug Survey and architect of the drugs meter.

Paul Dillon

Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), Australia

Paul has been working in alcohol and other drug field for over 25 years and has worked in the club health area for much of that time. He has been involved in a wide range of research projects investigating the use of ecstasy, ketamine and GHB and was an investigator on a WHO study examining cocaine use in Australia. He has developed and trialed a UNODC Global Youth Training Workshop preventing amphetamine type stimulants among young people. DARTA provides training to a wide range of audiences as well as develop resources, many of which deal with nightlife issues.

Jo Cox-Brown

Night Time Economy Solutions, UK
Jo Cox Brown

Jo is the founder of Night Time Economy Solutions, which specialises in working with towns and cities to design creative solutions to enduring problems of safety and vulnerability in the night-time economy, creating safer, more attractive and vibrant places for people to visit and enjoy at night. She has worked with towns and cities across the UK and with organisations such as the Local Government Association, Greater London Authority, the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the Home Office and Drinkaware. Jo has worked in nighttime economy management for over 12 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management, a member of the Institute of Licensing and a trained mediator. For eight years Jo was the Chief Executive of a charity set up to enhance and improve the reputation of Nottingham’s nightlife working as part of a team to pioneer their first night-time economy strategy and a number of ENTE safety projects such as Street Pastors, Vulnerability Training, Drinkaware Club Crew and Safe Spaces.


Stefanie Jones D

Drug Policy Alliance, USA

Stefanie Jones is director of audience development at the Drug Policy Alliance, a national advocacy nonprofit. In this role she oversees development of communications, outreach and programs targeted to communities with explicit connections to drug use that have not historically been engaged in drug policy reform efforts. She runs DPA’s Safer Partying campaign, which introduces harm reduction principles and drug policy alternatives to partygoers, public health officials and city nightlife regulators across the United States. She also supervises the Safety First program manager, who coordinates DPA’s work developing Safety First, a harm reduction-based drug education curriculum for teens. Stefanie is based in New York.

Judith Noijen

Jellinek, Netherlands

Judith is a senior staff member of the prevention department of Jellinek in Amsterdam. Jellinek Prevention responds to developments in the field of alcohol and drug related issues, education, policy and research. Judith’s focus has been on promoting the role of health and education in preventing nightlife related risks. She has done so through research, drug checking, staff training, peer education interventions and setting up a strong network and structure in close cooperation with event organisers and club owners. Judith co-organised Club Health Amsterdam 2019.

João Matias

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

João Matias is an epidemiologist, graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). In 2004, he joined the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. He works in the Public Health Unit as a scientific analyst on drug use, responsible for the epidemiological indicator ‚Prevalence and patterns of drug use‘, covering topics like drug use in nightlife settings, drug checking, wastewater and the European Web Survey on Drugs. He has also worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as an analyst on drug markets.

Zara Quigg

Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Zara is a Reader in Behavioural Epidemiology at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. She has worked on nightlife-related research for 17 years, examining risky alcohol consumption (including preloading) and associated harms (e.g. violence). Her research has informed the development of prevention activity across various UK and European nightlife settings, including: the development of nightlife worker bystander training on identifying and preventing sexual violence; and implementation of community based multi-component approaches (i.e. STAD In Europe; Drink Less Enjoy More) to preventing excessive alcohol consumption across public and private drinking settings.  Zara leads the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention, working with WHO to promote and support a public health approach to violence prevention globally.

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