M: 07986 640840 E: mark.wood@transitions-rtc.org.uk

A Residential Therapeutic Community for 16-25 year olds with drug/alcohol problems and addictive behaviour.

Our Team

Transitions RTC is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee with a board of trustees supported by an advisory group. We are a Christian organisation and as a brand new service we have assembled a Council of Reference – a group of well-known leaders, opinion shapers and thinkers from drug/alcohol and addiction services, as well as Christian organisations.  This serves to introduce and commend our work to those in the addiction field, as well as other service providers and Christian networks (read more about the Council of Reference).

Transitions RTC was founded by our Chief Executive Mark Wood, who has the character, practical experience and qualifications necessary to lead the organisation, having extensive experience working with young people with drug, alcohol and other mental health problems.  He also holds a Masters degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling (read more about Mark).

Mark is supported by a group of trustees chaired by Doctor Phil Moore, a GP involved in health commissioning and also a church leader (read more about Phil). The membership includes those with experience in accountancy, youth work, young adults housing, business and other leadership roles (read more about the trustees).

Our advisory group are experienced in youth housing, property development, personal development and training, youth work, nursing, recovery and work with addiction services across the globe. They act as wise advisors who encourage and challenge us, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a broader perspective to our work.

About Mark, our Founder

At the age of 25 Mark set up his first charitable organisation, FutureHope, helping young people in crisis gain hope and a future.  After 10 years leading FutureHope, he successfully handed over the baton and moved on to establish Transitions in 2013.

Since December 2005 Mark has been a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals.  In 2012 he completed an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University, winning the Executive Dean’s Prize for Psychology with a final dissertation on “What Is The Role Of Religion/Spirituality For Youth In Treatment For Substance Misuse”.  Mark has contributed 2 chapters to a book on addiction treatment published by Cambridge University and works part time as Training Manager for Life For The World Trust, a national Christian addictions training charity.  As a freelance trainer his work covers material ranging from mental health to youth culture and he has worked with organisations including the YMCA, Street Pastors, All Nations and Oasis’ Youth Work and Ministry degree.

Mark has a real interest in the integration of psychology, faith and spirituality, and also in the Jewish roots of Christianity.  He’s happily married with 2 children, an active member of Hertford Community Church, and passionate about food of all kinds, from Thai to Macaroni Cheese.  He enjoys rock climbing, art and music, having previously been a DJ in his spare time!

About Phil, our Chair     Phil

Dr. Phil Moore is a long-standing and enthusiastic GP committed to transforming the NHS through the opportunities afforded by the new Health & Social Care Bill.  He is achieving this locally by his involvement as Deputy Chair of the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  He is a GP trainer, an honorary teaching fellow at Imperial College and lead for GP appraisal. He is CCG lead on cardiovascular services and mental health and is a member of the London Specialist Clinical Network for mental health where he leads on the development of mental health services in primary care across London.


Nationally Phil is on the leadership group of NHS Clinical Commissioners and Chairs the Mental Health Commissioners’ Network.  As Public Sector Director on South London Health Partnerships he retains a passion for seeing primary care facilities improved.

He has an interest in micro-enterprise in developing countries and is a trustee of an international charity supporting such projects.  He is also a trustee of a national leadership training charity and leads a church in South-West London, having been involved in church leadership since his teens.  Married to Anne, he loves to spend time with family and friends and likes his cars to be like him – big and chunky – with space for their children and grandchildren. He also has a vintage motorbike which he hopes to restore one day.

About the trustees

The trustees are a diverse group of people, some of whom are experienced trustees of several charities and others for whom this is their first appointment.

Every trustee brings something unique personally and professionally;
Duane Hall is currently a housing support officer and former youth worker, John Harris is a retired director of an engineering firm, Ross Hartwig is a children’s worker and church leader, Rob Purnell serves as team leader for a new church with a background in marketing, Paul Fletcher works as a financial director for a large firm in London, and Gill Gold manages young people’s housing projects.

Duane  John  Ross  Rob

                  Duane                                                  John                                                     Ross                                                     Rob

With a spread of ages across several decades, they represent a spectrum of Christianity from Anglican, Baptist and new charismatic churches.  Although the majority were born in the UK, Duane has Jamaican heritage and Ross hails from South Africa.  Coming from a variety of backgrounds both wealthy and modest, they all have a personal interest in seeing young adults journeying to a life free from addictive behaviour.

Transitions’ Advisory Group

members so far include:

Treflyn Lloyd Roberts, General Secretary of the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition.
Jim Thornton, Managing Director at Hurford Salvi Carr, a property agency.
Viv Thornton,
Manager of St Andrew’s Centre, for wholeness and well-being.
Anne Moore, part of Molesey Community Church leadership team, experienced in pastoral care and community projects.
Jeanette Hewes, Founder of Corban, a housing project for young people aged 16 and up, and former Manager of Out4Good, a housing project for Ex-Offenders.
Sheona Alexander, Manager of the New Hanbury Project at Spitalfields Crypt Trust, a personal development and training centre for people in recovery from addiction.

Transitions’ Council of Reference

members so far include:

Professor Adrian Bonner, University of Stirling, Scotland
Having previously focussed his research on brain damage, alcohol and nutritional factors, Adrian’s current research interest is alcohol and health inequalities for vulnerable people.  Since 1998 he has also been Specialist Services Adviser (including addictions) to the Salvation Army in the UK and internationally.

Dr Andy Partington, Director of Yeldall Manor based near Wargrave, Reading.
Yeldall is a Christian charity providing comprehensive residential rehabilitation including detoxification and has been running for over 30 years.  Andy came to Yeldall in 2010 from a background in university teaching and church leadership – his last post was in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, a centre for cocaine production and trafficking.

Huseyin Djemil, Director of Green Apple Consulting Ltd
Former HMPS London area drug strategy coordinator for the 7-London prisons, Huseyin has recently been involved in The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Addictions Working Group which produced the report: No Quick Fix: exposing the depth of Britain’s drug and alcohol problem.

Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance
The EA is the largest and oldest body representing the UKs two million evangelical Christians and has been around for more than 165 years.  Before joining the EA in 2009, Steve was a driving force behind some of the UK’s most dynamic Christian projects, including Hope 08.

Pat Prosser, Training Adviser to Life For The World Trust
With 30 years in addictions ministry, Pat has been involved in leading and establishing projects in the UK and internationally.   During that time he has also developed nationally recognised and accredited training programmes.

Pete Greig, Founder of 24-7 prayer and Director of Prayer at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) and Alpha International
Pete is founding champion of 24-7 prayer, an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice.  He is currently Director of Prayer for HTB and Alpha International, as well as being an author and leading a church called Emmaus Rd.

Laurence Singlehurst, Director of Cell UK, and former director of YWAM England
Currently Director of Cell UK, Laurence was formerly Director of Youth with a Mission, England.  He is a regular speaker at national events such as Spring Harvest and cell conferences worldwide.

Dr Jo-Joy Wright, Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and member of the Christian Child Care Forum.
She specialises in Children and Family work, and complex adult neuro-developmental disorders, attachment, abuse and trauma. Jo-Joy currently works as the Lead for psychological services in CAMHS, 2gether Foundation Trust (Herefordshire).