meet the board

We’re managed by a Board of Directors which meets four times a year. The Board focuses on the development of the business and ensures high-quality services are being delivered. The Board is made up of individuals who each bring different skills and strengths to The Well.


We rely on grant funding from commissioning bodies and voluntary organisations. We also depend on donations from businesses and the public. We’ve received support from a range of organisations including: Public Health England, The Amy Winehouse Foundation, Lancaster’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Youth Offending Service Barrow, Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

We're currently contracted by the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Addiction Service and Unity to deliver local recovery services.

"The Well is an example of best practice for the most effective use of resources. It delivers the best outcomes for those seeking abstinence-based recovery."

Mark Gilman, Public Health England.

Our Board members

Polly Parker

Rev'd Carolyn Woodcock, Chair (non-executive)

Carolyn has received an MBE for her work in prisons and the rehabilitation of offenders. She has over 30 years’ experience of working with offenders and people with substance misuse.

David Higham, Assistant Chair

Dave is the founder and CEO of The Well. He is 11 years in recovery and is a prominent figure within the Cumbria and Lancashire recovering communities. David has six years’ experience of working in, and managing, substance misuse services. He also has a degree in substance and alcohol work.

Polly Parker, Treasurer (non-executive)

Polly is a retired head teacher who has a family member in recovery. She is a supportive member of the recovering community in Lancashire and is also the Treasurer for the Lancashire User Forum, one of the biggest service user forums in the North West.

Kerrie Hudson, Secretary   

Kerrie is a Manager at The Well and is also nine years in recovery. She is heavily involved with the local recovering community and regularly chairs mutual aid meetings. Kerrie has an honours degree and experience of working in children’s residential care.