Who We Are

Our vision is to end social exclusion by ensuring that everyone has their basic needs met and is able to thrive by contributing to the richness and wellbeing of their community.

We are driven by our values, which were derived from the Schwartz value survey alongside internal research and consultation with staff. Find out more about this research.


to offer an environment that encourages innovation and creativity to flourish in individuals.

Self direction

to encourage independent thought, action and self respect

Zest for life

in so far as it is not damaging to self, others or the environment, to enable individuals to pursue goals that further their happiness and joy of life.


Underpinning all our efforts is the need to be open, flexible and responsive to change.

Our Team

Rosie Phillips

Rosie Phillips

Chief Executive

Rosie is the Chief Executive and Founder of DHI. After walking down Cricklewood Broadway every day while working in London, and seeing the numbers of rough sleepers growing, Rosie was inspired to start working for a local homelessness charity. While running that charity, she saw huge amounts of substance misuse, so when she saw an opportunity to run a project in Bath bridging the gap between homelessness and substance misuse, she leapt at the opportunity. That project eventually became Developing Health & Independence (then the Drugs and Homeless Initiative), a standalone charity, in 1999.

James Hooton

James Hooton

Finance & Operations Director

David Walton

David Walton

Housing & Communities Director

Julie Hughes

Julie Hughes

Treatment Services Director

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Associate Director (Clinical Lead)

Our Trustees

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Chair of Trustees

Sarah worked as a nurse in London, both in clinical and senior management roles, before moving to Dorothy House Hospice Care, where she was Chief Executive from 1997 to 2012. She also has a great deal of experience in governance, having served as chair of the board of Mission Care, a south London charity running a number of care homes, as trustee of the Victorian Convalescent Trust and as trustee and chair of the quality committee for St Luke’s Hospital. Sarah is currently vice chairman of St John's Foundation, Bath, and vice chairman of Burrswood Health and Wellbeing in Kent. She also volunteers with Healthwatch Wiltshire in a variety of roles from manning information stands to Enter and View visits.

The Board

Our Trustee Board is responsible for making sure we are meeting our charitable objectives, that our finances are in good health and that we are working according to the law.

Each year, they approve our Financial Statements and Annual Reports to the Charity Commission.

Our other trustees are:

  • Linda Candy (Vice Chair)
  • Tim Marvell (Treasurer)
  • David Ollendorff
  • Katharine Hegarty
  • Chris Oliver
  • Alison Millar
  • Bob Goodman

If you think that you have skills which would benefit our Trustee Board, then we would love to hear from you.

Please email info@dhi-online.org.uk for more information.