ISSUP has been established as an independent not for profit company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. It is governed by a group of International Directors all of whom have significant experience of the substance use field at both the policy and practice levels and from within the government and non-government sectors. Three ISSUP staff members are also included as members of the Board of Directors.
As ISSUP develops it will review its governance structure to ensure that it has representation from within its membership and its National Chapters and to ensure that the appropriate range of skills and expertise are represented within its Board.
The ISSUP staff team is led by its Executive Director Joanna Travis-Roberts who brings many years of experience and substantial expertise of working with Governments, NGOs and international organisations in the substance use disorder field. ISSUP's former Executive Director, Jeff Lee, continues to actively support ISSUP in his role as Senior Consultant.
The Board also has International Observers from major organisations in the global drugs field including African Union, Colombo Plan, Organisation of American States, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and World Health Organization.
ISSUP is initially funded by the Drug Advisory Programme of the Colombo Plan (DAP) with funds provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). ISSUP will seek to extend its funding base to become a sustainable contributor to the international field of substance use prevention and treatment working in collaboration and with the support of other major international, regional and national agencies and governments.
Board of Directors:
Honorary President: Thom Browne – USA
Chair: Melody Heaps – USA
Legal Advisor: Mark Lacey
Auditor: HW Fisher Chartered Accountants
U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
Organization of American States (CICAD/OAS)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Joanna Travis-Roberts – Executive Director
Jeff Lee – Senior Consultant
Livia Edegger – Deputy Director
Jack Tonkin – Senior Website Developer
Joanna Warburton – Finance Manager
Bilkis Achha – Website Developer
Edie O'Dowd – Content Researcher