ASCERT are a charity based in Northern Ireland.  For the past 25 years we have been providing intervention and prevention services to children, young people, families and individuals who are dealing with the impact alcohol and/or substance misuse has in their lives.  

We are now one of the leading and best known charities addressing drug and alcohol and other related social issues, with services across all of Northern Ireland. We have accumulated an extensive experience of evidence-based service development, planning and delivery across a range of disciplines and provide direct services to more than 10,000 people annually.  Those services are providing support to communities, young people, adults and families and throughout Northern Ireland, helping them to deal with the impact of their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use or other issues like mental health, suicide prevention or offending.  Alongside this direct support, we are the main provider of training services in the areas of drugs, alcohol and suicide prevention, supporting the professional development of practitioners within the statutory and community/voluntary sectors.

Jillian Patchett Chair

Gary McMichael Chief Executive

Why ASCERT is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

ASCERT has a very experienced dynamic board and welcome new skills and experience of others whilst at the same time providing the opportunity for someone to practice their new skills gained through the boardroom apprentice programme.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Lisburn or virtual via ZOOM

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

i.e. Board and Committee meetings are held quarterly. Meetings take place during the day from 0930 – 1400

2-monthly 10am-12-30pm typically every 4th Tuesday of April, June, etc

Date of Board Meetings (September 2023 – August 2024)

October 24th 10am Online

December 12th December (In person venue to be confirmed)

February 27th 10am Online

April 23rd 2024 10am (Venue to be confirmed)

June 25th 2024 10am (Venue to be confirmed)

August 27th 2024 (Venue to be confirmed)

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2023 – August 2024)

ASCERT aim to have 2 functioning sub committees Audit, risk and quality and Finance and personnel. Recruitment to sub committees will be discussed at induction.