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Our team


Colin Shevills


His knowledge, experience, passion and communication expertise really allow Colin to lead from the front - driving home the message that alcohol is damaging our region and calling for changes which will make a positive impact on the health and wealth of the region. A former communications consultant, he has extensive experience working in the field of public health. He previously helped to develop the brand for Fresh, Smoke Free North East and was instrumental in the successful launch of the office. He has worked at Balance since it was launched in 2009 and he has been instrumental in the growth and development of the organisation.


Susan Taylor

Partnerships Manager

Sue has a key role in our work with partners and stakeholders and brings vast experience to the organisation. She is responsible for highlighting evidence-based practice and promoting a co-ordinated response to the problems associated with alcohol misuse. Prior to her appointment, she worked in a variety of strategic and policy roles for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, developing significant experience of the crime and health agendas and managing a range of alcohol, drug and health-related projects.


Mary Edwards

Programme Manager Alcohol Treatment

Mary takes lead responsibility for raising awareness and supporting the implementation of alcohol high impact changes, advising on and supporting the development of holistic treatment systems. Mary has a strong background knowledge and experience of working in health, addiction and education she has worked as a health promotion specialist, taught psychology for Leeds University and established and managed a Multi Agency Drug Education Team. Prior to this she worked for the Safer Middlesbrough Partnership (having initially taken a two year secondment from the Government Office North East; where she worked as a regional advisor on drugs and young people) to set up and implement the first North East Drug Intervention Programme in Middlesbrough and then went on to take up a role as a Service Development Manager involved in the designing and commissioning of services for drug and alcohol clients.


Neil Martin

Research and Information Manager

Neil joined the team in August 2009, prior to which he was the research and information officer for Durham County Council for six years working in areas such as demographics, socio-economic issues and also crime and disorder. He is now responsible for research and analysis across the full spectrum of the alcohol agenda in order to give a more informed picture of the issues faced in the North East.


Allyson Peele

Administrative Assistant

Allyson joined the Balance team in April 2009 and brings with her a wealth of administrative experience, having worked in the public sector, most recently as an Administrator for the VTS.