Meet the team
Lester Morse (Managing Director of ECR)
Lester began his own personal journey into recovery in 1991. Since then he has much experience with all levels of addiction and addiction treatment, from out reach on the streets to working within prisons and residential treatment, through his personal experiences Lester has gained much insight into the complicated world of addiction, and has helped him and his team to develop a unique and affective treatment program you can take home with you.
Daniel Farnham is the registered manager of East Coast Recovery and has been since its formation. Daniel has first hand experience of addiction as well as an academic understanding through his studies. Daniel is married with 3 children, 1 Labrador, 5 Chickens and a Goldfish!
Prior to working within the addictions field Daniel spent 16 years as a leisure professional, working his way through the ranks from the shop floor to holding a number of directorship posts. He is a member of the Rotary Fellowship and also the Methodist Church and firmly subscribes to the ethics of 'service before self'.
Food: Everything apart from English Mustard and Horse Radish | Sport: All | Music: Deep/US house | Reading: Self Help/Spiritual/Harry Potter!
Matt is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and Auricular Acupuncturist who spent over 10 years working primarily with individuals and groups with addictive disorders within a wide range of situations, including the prison system, therapeutic communities and also within a private practice.
It was when he started to use CBT alongside the 12 Step Program and Principles that Matt noticed a very dynamic and powerful therapeutic model spring to life and greatly asset individuals with addictive disorders time and time again. Matt also gained many years of practical (ahem) experience of substance misuse and addition in his past that enables him to associate and identify with clients on a congruent level. To relax Matt writes and plays music, reads, rides motorcycles, walks 'Grumbles' the Border Collie and as an avid movie lover tries to get a good 2-3 movies in a week.
Vicky has been working at ECR since August 2007. She started off being a trainee support worker, but for the last few months she has taken on the roll of Domestic Manager. Vicky is responsible for managing the domestic team, keeping ECR clean and the houses running smoothly.
If you see a donut around Vicky wont be far away.
"I come from a Legal and Financial career background. As a Legal Secretary, I worked in two London Law Firms for several years and I also worked for a Financial Planning company for 4 years as Office Manager. I have an NVQ Business Administration Level 3 qualification."
Tom is 25 years old and moved from Holland to the UK, He Came into ECR in October 2006 as a client, 3 years later we offered him a job as a maintenance worker, and he's done that for 10 months. He is a qualified Carpenter/Joiner.
Then we offered him a job as a support worker and he is currently doing his NVQ level 2 in Health & Social care.
"It is very fun working here and it is a very satisfying job as your helping people get their lives back on track.
Everyone really cares here at ECR, and I think that makes a big difference, we've all been through the program before so we now the ins and outs of it. so we can relate to the clients and help and guide them through the program of recovery.
I work here as senior support worker also training to be a support team manager.
I have been here since the very beginning of the project opening up.
I am in recovery myself and have been in this process since 2005 , and am nearly 5 years clean, I have a 17 year old daughter who lives in southend with her grandmother , who visits me when she can and I visit her when she will have me !!
I attend regular 12 step meetings, I have a sponser myself and also I work with others. I do alot of fellowship stuff also in London when I can. I used class A drugs for around 20 years and have been through all the systems.
Alan joined the company, as a trainee support worker, in January 2011. His early years were spent working on ships and travelling around the world. In 1979 he met his wife and began working as a carpenter. In 1990 he finally hit his rock bottom and started looking for help. He found it in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then he has practiced the twelve step programme and put his life and relationships back on an even keel. He enjoys reading,music, his family and people watching.He is also(or so he says) probably one of the best guitarists on the planet.
John McGinn (Dip HE in Counselling; BSC in Psychology; BA in Philosophy)
I am a therapist, specialising in the field of addiction, with several years of experience of working in various drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres. My approach to addiction can best be described as an eclectic one: attempting to fuse the Twelve Step model, psychodrama and various creative therapies within a client-empowering, person-centred ethos. Generally, I have a burning passion and a sense of personal integrity for this line of work since I am also in recovery: now having embraced total abstinence for over eight years. I am currently pursuing a Masters Research at the University of East Anglia, exploring links between psychotherapy and philosophy.
Becky came into Eastcoast Recovery (E.C.R.) as a client in October 2009. On completing a three month course of treatment Becky started a period of voluntary work for the company before being taken on to the staff officially on the first of July 2010 as a support worker. Her role also includes helping with the organisation of food and supplies for the houses and the domestic upkeep of E.C.R. properties.
Becky is an active member of the twelve step fellowship and she enjoys reading, swimming and driving.