National Training and Development Officer
Katy MacLeod is a National Training and Development Officer for the Scottish Drugs Forum where she delivers training on a variety of drug-related and intervention based topics. Since 2009, she has specialised in emerging drug trends and in 2016 completed a research study for the Scottish Government in conjunction with Glasgow University looking at patterns of use, motivations and consequences of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland. The study explored trends within vulnerable groups in Scotland and with men that have sex with men especially in relation to chemsex.
Katy has worked in front line services for over 10 years in residential and community based settings. This work has included coordinating welfare services at festivals and events throughout UK and Europe in her role as Director at Chill Welfare. She is a member of the advisory board for the Global Drug Survey and the Scottish board of Phoenix Futures.
Katy trained initially in counselling and health and social care before going on to undertake the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) certificate in Training Practice. Katy¹s areas of interest include emerging drug trends, harm reduction, safer nightlife, mental health and trauma.