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Posted on: 16th October 2014

Ben Hughes, is Keynote Speaker at Open Road’s AGM, First Site Colchester

It has been confirmed that Ben Hughes, Head of Commissioning Public Heath and Wellbeing at Essex County Council will be this year’s speaker at Open Road’s Annual General Meeting to be held at Firstsite in Colchester on Monday 20th October.

Open Road is the leading drug and alcohol support charity in Essex and Suffolk and is delighted to have such a prominent speaker to address the audience at our AGM. Ben Hughes will be joined by Mayor of Colchester, Cllr John Elliott, and the Mayoress Mrs Janet Elliot, along with Nicholas Charrington, the High Sheriff of Essex and Cllr Norman Hume, the Chairman of Essex County Council.

Ben Hughes will address an audience of over 110 people, including staff, volunteers and partner agencies, commissioners and funders, where he will highlight the importance of integration and partnership working in modern recovery-focussed drug and alcohol services.

Sarah Wright, Open Road’s Chief Executive commented that “this is our 21st AGM and I am delighted that Ben has agreed to be our speaker this year and to talk about the work he is involved with supporting recovery across the county of Essex.”

Open Road has operated in Essex for over 23 years and has recently established services in Suffolk and Norfolk and more recently in Medway, Kent. The charity works to reduce the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol on users and their families and enjoys a high success rate. 

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.