The Mentor-ADEPIS team

Jamila Boughelaf – Senior Programme Manager

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Jamila is Programme Manager at Mentor, where she has been managing the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) since September 2013 and the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions since April 2015. Jamila also represented Mentor at the 2015 UNESCO, UNODC, WHO joint international expert meeting on substance use among children and young people. Since August 2015 Jamila has been member of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR).

Jamila’s background is managing national and international projects, and major events aimed at fundraising, awareness raising or campaigning. Passionate about achieving positive social change in society, she has been involved in a wide range of youth engagement, active citizenship and human rights projects across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Jamila also spent time as a Research Assistant for Dr Maha Azzam at the Chatham House and Dr Sara Silvestri at City University. Jamila holds a BA in International Communication from the University of Milan, and a Masters in Social Sciences from City University London.

Alessandra Podesta – Research Analyst


Alessandra’s background is focused on implementation and evaluation of international development projects. Passionate about socio-economic issues and global affairs, Alessandra spent two years in Southern Africa working for humanitarian organisations on education and local development projects. Prior to joining Mentor she has been collaborating with a London based microfinance charity operating in Zambia and Malawi.  Alessandra holds a Master’s degree in economics and international relations at University of Pavia and an MSc in Political Economy of Development at SOAS.

Ian Macdonald – ADEPIS Consultant


Ian’s interest in health education and policy began while studying a BSc in Sports Sciences and MA Sport and Culture, resulting in a varied career working across the education, public and voluntary sectors. This has included roles within young person’s substance misuse services, the commissioning and delivery of public health services, and teaching in further and higher education settings. He has been involved with the implementation of high profile initiatives such as the National Healthy Schools and You’re Welcome programmes, and devised a variety of CPD programmes for teachers and the wider young person’s workforce. He has also developed resource packs for schools based on drugs, alcohol, and more recently energy drinks. Ian has previously taught public health at undergraduate and masters levels, and currently holds a role with the Open University, teaching on their sport and fitness degree programmes.


John Rees – ADEPIS Consultant

John Rees

John is passionately committed to enhancing the life chances of children and young people, through school improvement and by supporting the professional development of individuals and organisations.
Having taught for 12 years, latterly as a senior leader, John lead the transformation of ‘APAUSE’ a schools-based sex and relationships education programme from a 2-school research project into an effective multi-agency programme with unique evidence of health benefit and educational improvement.
John became an independent educational consultant in 2006, and has enjoyed repeat commissions with a range of Local Authorities across the UK and overseas, supporting health and educational improvement.

ADEPIS, c/o Mentor UK
49-51 East Road
London N1 6AH
020 7553 9920

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