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Major John Boyd M.A., BA(Hons), CQSW

John was born in Liverpool, and was attracted by Salvation Army work with young people and alcohol due to personal concerns, in the 1950s. He became an Officer, social worker and pastor, serving in the UK and Eire with the homeless, ex-prisoners and people with mental health and addiction problems, also the elderly. John undertook management of residential projects, specialising in recovery from alcoholism, then regional management in SW England, later becoming Director of social and community work and training and development in Scotland. HQ posts included national direction of homeless and addiction services and residential care of adults with special needs.


John established SA Research and Development in UK and Ireland and also Quality Assurance and was Parliamentary Officer for SA Social Services 1991-94. He has undertaken research on social problems and alcoholism prevention internationally, presenting papers at overseas conferences.  He also taught on a Kent University course on addictions.  He has been on boards of local and national councils on addiction and on the Liverpool Medical Group, also a Non-Executive Director on the Cambridgeshire NHS Mental Health Trust 1992-6, chairing Clinical Governance. He is a Board member and former Vice-Chair of Providence Row Housing Association in retirement.