Raj comes from a health professional background, having trained as a nurse in the 1970s. He has occupied several senior management posts in the NHS, his last post being the deputy director for addictions and offender care at CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.
He was a member of the Home Office Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Committee (ACMD) for 12 years and is also an honorary lecturer at Middlesex University. He is currently a training and management consultant for the United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and is part of the UNODC Treatment Project, delivering training across Africa, South East Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Raj says: “Whilst working for the NHS, I had the opportunity to work in partnership with Via services and saw their passion and commitment as well as the effectiveness of the third sector in delivering quality services to vulnerable groups. I joined the Via Board as I felt that I could contribute my health-related experience to their mission and aspirations.”