April Long is an experienced Executive leader from the central coast of New South Wales, Darkinjung Country.
April is passionately committed to ensuring everyone can live a life free of addiction.
April’s work is grounded in collaboration, partnerships and working with communities as co-producers of solutions not consumers.
April has lived experience of parental and family addiction. Throughout her career April has worked closely with children and their families impacted by incarceration and has seen the intergenerational impacts of a criminal response to the health issue of addiction.
April is currently a director of the Community Restorative Justice Centre and an Ambassador for the University of New South Wales. April holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts and has worked with some of Australia’s leading not for profits and social enterprises.
April was previously named one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her commitment to social change by
Australian Financial Review.
April is a previous Director of First Nations Foundation, Director of NSW Lawyers Association Ngalaya and Member of Law Society of NSW Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.
April loves spending time on country connecting with her family.
Dan joined SMART Recovery Australia in October 2016. Originally from Scotland, Dan has many years experience working in addiction recovery, peer education and within the homeless sector in the United Kingdom.
Since immigrating to Australia, Dan has worked with a number of leading non-government organisations within the mental health, addiction and youth sectors. Prior to joining SMART Recovery Australia he was responsible for managing a multi-site residential care service for youth. Dan’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Addiction Studies, Diploma in Integrated Counselling, a Certificate in Community Mental Health and a Diploma in CBT. He is currently studying a diploma business management. As of 2017, Dan is a member of the board of Silky Oaks.
Dan has a real passion and interest to see people who are experiencing addiction gain more control over their behaviours. He strongly believes in peer support and that those seeking recovery are the experts in themselves. His desire is to see people equipped with the necessary tools and strategies and empowered to live more balanced and fulfilled lives.
Sally has a Masters in Psychology and worked for many years as a rehabilitation psychologist both in the UK and in Australia. She is fascinated by the mind-body connection and has extensive training in meditation and mindfulness, in addition to brain-mapping and neuro-feedback therapy. In 2014 Sally trained with Dr Joe Dispenza, best-selling author and international speaker, and is a certified trainer of his work. Pre-COVID, Sally could be found somewhere around the world assisting at Dr Joes advanced retreats, or teaching Professional Development workshops to teachers in the areas of Well-Being and Brain Health. Sally loves spending time in nature with her 2 children, dog and ever-growing number of guinea pigs.
As Operational Support Officer, Alicia works closely with the team to provide logistical support.
Prior to her time at SMART Recovery, Alicia has worked in various administrative roles in both the private and public sector, most notably in Executive Support roles within the Department of Justice.
Alicia is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing and Business Administration. Between her studies, she most recently worked in the Emergency Department of Prince of Wales Hospital, an experience which allowed her to see some of the challenges that addictions pose on individuals, families and the wider community.
A not-for-profit newbie, and an avid traveller, Alicia is keen to see where this journey takes her.
Tim joined SMART Recovery Australia in July 2020 as a Project Officer (Marketing / Sales). Having completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science, Tim is currently in his final year of a Master of Social Work degree. Tim has previously worked in Customer Service and Sales within the Information Technology and Pharmaceutical industries. During 2019, Tim completed a student internship with Mental Health Carers NSW and currently volunteers with the Centennial Park Visitors Survey Project.
Tim advocates for the implementation of social justice principles and empowers people to make positive changes to their life and their communities. In his spare time, you will find Tim spending a lot of time with his beloved Springer Spaniel, Hector, in many of the dog parks in and around Sydney.
SMART Recovery Australia is a registered health promotion charity that enables the delivery of SMART Recovery mutual aid meetings supporting people with behaviours of concern (addictive behaviours) across Australia.