Who We Are

Simon Aalders

Director and Nominated Individual

Simon is married with five grown up children and lives in Ipswich. Returning to Suffolk in 1999, Simon has worked in, and lead community drug and alcohol services, established a community day programme in Ipswich (Crossroads) and a Community Drop centre in Mildenhall. After working in the Home Office and leading the community drug team in the west of Suffolk Simon took over the leadership of the Drug and Alcohol Action Team in 2005. Notable achievements include a leading role in developing and implementing the Prostitution Strategy, winning the 2008 Municipal Journal Top Team award, Home Office Top Team Award 2008, lead the first reorganisation of drug and alcohol treatment services in Suffolk, lead the Reducing the Strength campaign, being a nominated Local Government Chronicle finalist for this work. With over 25 years of experience in substance misuse treatment from areas as diverse as Glasgow, London, Northampton and Ipswich Simon brings a very wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to leadership of the project.

Roger Grosvenor

Non Executive Director

Born in Worcestershire living in the shadow of the Malvern Hills and initially working with CRS (Co-operative Retail Services), a product of the Co-operative College. I moved to East Anglia in the early 80s to the Independent Co-op.
During my time with the Co-operative, I have held a number of key senior management positions which has helped me gain a wealth of experi-ence across multi-site locations and significant retail disciplines which include Food, Forecourts, Department Stores, Jewellery, Travel, Pharmacy, Optical, Restaurants, Funeral, Masonry, Floristry, Dairy, Greengrocery, Meat Processing, Security and Distribution.
The Co-operative being a multi-channel organisation, I have been exposed to and engaged in the running of the largest independent retailer in East Anglia and one of the largest Co-operative businesses in the UK for which I now hold the position of Joint Chief Executive for a business with circa half a billion turnover.
Highly motivated with a strong career record and business progression within Retail and Marketing with specialist knowledge, a key influencer within the retail scene at local and national level. I sit as a Director for the Federal Retail Trading Services Board and I have in recent times been instrumental in initiating and driving the Society’s Local Sourcing credentials which has been acknowledged with national awards and that of pi-oneering the Ipswich Reducing the Strength & Freedom from Fear initiatives and for the former I received a Police Merit Award in May 2014.
I am a non Executive Director of two local organisations, The Raedwald Trust (an academy organisation bringing together four exclusion schools) and The Recovery Hub Ipswich (a residential and community business for those recovering from addictions).
I consider myself to be a people person and proud to be part of an organisation for 44 years that does things differently and is not solely focused on financial goals.

Andrew Reid

Non Executive Director

Andrew Reid, 57, was brought up in East Suffolk and has lived in the county with his wife Clare and three children since 1990. His background is in financial services and risk management and now owns and runs local businesses supplying and fitting wood burning stoves and conducting building restoration. Andrew has been a county councillor since 2011 and is chairman of the Suffolk County Pension Fund. Andrew has been a keen funder and supporter of community-led initiatives, especially road safety, environmental projects and encouraging local activities for young people.

Sharon Aalders

Non Executive Director

I have recently become Non-Executive Director for The Recovery Hub Ipswich. I hope that my background and skills over the years can be utilised within this role.
I have worked in the Care sector providing services for children and families for the last 20 years, currently my role is Head of Residential Child Care Services. I am a qualified Social Worker and have worked in many disciplines to include; child protection, children and families in need, in-tensive support services to children and families, fostering, adoption.
I am a wife and mother to 5 children who are all now grown up, this therefore gives me more time to devote to others in my spare time.
I have been involved in development of the Recovery Hub Ipswich since its inception. I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the transfor-mation of the accommodation and I am now looking forward to how I can support the company in other ways as it moves forward.
I am also secretary for a charity YBM , (Young Business Minds) in Ipswich, supporting and helping a group of young people to engage positively in the community whilst developing business ideas and opportunities.

Daniel Farnham

Dip RSA Leadership and Management Health and Social Care

Registered Manager

Daniel is married with four children and enjoys life in the Suffolk Countryside. Daniel spent 16 years as a leisure professional, holding a number of directorship posts. Whilst consulting for Watford Borough Council he became involved with a Recovery Project. In 2008 Daniel was instrumental in the start-up of a new residential treatment facility in Suffolk later becoming its Registered Manager and Chief Executive. In 2013 the NHS/NTA awarded Daniel with ‘Outstanding Contribution to Recovery’. He attended his first mutual aid meeting in 2005.

Sammy Manzaroli

Team Manager

Biography to follow.

Angela Pope

RN DipHe, BSc Hons Nursing Practice, BSc Hons Nurse Practitioner


Angela has been nursing since 1989 and qualified in 1994. She has 2 degrees the last being the Nurse Practitioner BScHons. She has been working in general Practice for almost 15 years and alongside this, began work within a drug and alcohol recovery service, providing assess-ments, reviews and detoxification regimens to those suffering with addictions. In her spare time Angela is busy looking after her family and her horses.

Bonnie Moyo

RNI NMP Nurse Practitioner


Biography to follow.

Andy Dollery

Team Manager

Biography to follow.

Bal Kaur Howard

Bal has been advocating on the issues of BME women and men on domestic violence, honour based crimes (Forced Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) since 2008.
Bal has developed and delivers training for front-line practitioners in Health, Social Care, Police, Education and the voluntary sector throughout the England and Wales in the subjects of Domestic Abuse, Risk Assessment, Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Radicalisation / Extremism, Modern Day Slavery and Addiction.
Bal is trained to deliver “My Dangerous Loverboy” – an excellent tool she uses with students (year 9 upwards) and professionals to talk about “healthy relationships” as part of the PHSE sessions in schools.
Bal was employed by Suffolk Constabulary for 7½ years as a Project & Performance Officer for Honour Based Violence (Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation) in a countywide Domestic Abuse Unit. She was responsible for developing policies, procedures and training for police officers and partner agencies to enhance the service to victims and potential victims. For 3 years she was based within the CSE / Child Investigation Abuse Unit.
She has 12 years of sales experience in various industry sectors, such as telecommunications, information technology, software, recruitment, commercial property and utilities. She also has, 10 years of experience in the Export/Import industry.
Bal was born in India and was brought to Britain aged one. She was forced into marriage at the age of 17 in Darlington and forced to sponsor her husband for permanent residency in the UK.
Bal went back to education at the age of 26 after escaping from her forced marriage and subsequently has been disowned by her family for over 20 years. She now has two Diplomas – one in Export Management and one in Business & Finance.
Bal is keen to share her experiences, being the voice of the victims and survivors who experience crimes rooted in the name of honour, giving practical and emotional support. She raises awareness with agencies to reduce the isolation of victims and to increase reporting. In Bal’s words “I refuse to take my past into the future and regard myself to be an empowered survivor- my darkest past is now my greatest asset”.
Bal was a volunteer with Karma Nirvana from December 2007 to December 2008 after reading Jasvinder Sanghera’s book “Shame”. Her experience is also featured in Jasvinder’s 2nd book “Daughters of Shame”.
Bal has been nominated twice at the IKWRO True Honour Awards (2012 & 2014) and she completed her Award in Education and Training Level 3 (formerly PTLLS) in 2014.

Helen Wright


Biography to follow.

“We believe that everyone has the capacity to recover”