MEET THE TEAM
David Newman - DIRECTOR
David Newman completed his Psychiatric RMN training in 1983 at St Georges Hospital Stafford. He then went onto specialise in the field of Addiction.
He has managed Alcohol Treatment centres in Stafford and Barnsley, Drug Rehabilitation Centres in Stafford and Community Alcohol Teams in the Northallerton and Elgin, Scotland. He was a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Nursing Officer and Regional Manager across the Addiction services he was involved with. He also worked with both the Army and Air force helping deal with personnel experiencing PTSD and Alcohol dependence.
He took over managing the Guernsey Alcohol Advisory Service in 1993 and is a Director of the LBG. GAAS provides alcohol counselling and support in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and also has an 8 bedded Rehabilitation Dry House.
He has extensive experience over the last 30 years dealing with both the States of Guernsey and the Civil service. He also frequently deals with the media as part of his role as Director of GAAS. He was also previously the Chairman of ADCA (Association of Directors of Council’s on Alcohol) a national body that included many third sector Community Alcohol Services across England, Northern Island and Crown Dependencies. He is a member of the Leaders Council of Great Britain.
He served on the Branch and was also the Secretary and Treasurer of the West Royal British Legion for 14 years up till 2017.
Presently as well as being the Director of GAAS he is the Chairman of the Confederation of Guernsey Industries, A member of the Interim Board of Governors for States Education and a member of the Guernsey Industrial Disputes Tribunal.
David Prevel – Dry House Manager
Dave helps to provide short and long term residential support for recovering alcoholics, he also helps to raise awareness of the service in the community.
He has 17 years’ experience in the Guernsey Prison Service and six in children’s services. He is also qualified as an Offending Behaviour Tutor and has worked in healthcare and rehabilitation.
“I genuinely get a buzz out of helping people and offering a non-judgemental ear and see myself as a good listener and empathetic, which will be important in this role,” Mr Prevel added. “My aim is to help islanders who are experiencing alcohol and mental health issues and are homeless return successfully from the unit to the community and rebuild their lives, health and relationships, alcohol free.”
In his spare time, Mr Prevel is a keen motorcyclist and founder of the Guernsey Bikers’ Group. He is Co-Owner of the ex-forces PTSD Racing Team, which helps former military personnel living with post traumatic stress disorder.