New chief appointed for Addaction

Mike Dixon will take over the role of Addaction chief executive from 1 May, the organisation has announced, replacing interim chief executive Guy Pink.

Dixon is currently assistant chief executive of Citizens Advice, before which he worked as a director at Victim Support and as an advisor in a number of government departments. Addaction’s previous chief executive, Simon Antrobus, left to become head of Children in Need last year.

‘Mike has an excellent track record of working at the highest levels of government and the voluntary sector in a wide range of political, strategic and service delivery roles,’ said Addaction’s chair, Lord Alex Carlile. ‘We are confident he will bring formidable strategic vision and operational energy to Addaction. We hope that he will take us from strength to strength and greatly help in delivering our ambitious five-year strategy. On behalf of the entire board, I would like to congratulate him on his appointment. We look forward to welcoming him as leader of the team.’

Dixon said that he was ‘delighted’ to be joining Addaction. ‘For the past 50 years, its staff and volunteers have helped people take control of their lives, and pioneered new ways of solving complex problems,’ he said. ‘Under Simon Antrobus’ leadership, and during Guy Pink’s recent tenure, Addaction has grown into a broad-based, public health charity that provides drug, alcohol, mental health, young people and family services to more than 75,000 people a year. Our challenge at Addaction now is to deepen the impact of our work, use our delivery experience to help improve government policy and services, and support as many people as we can.’