Ashley Gurney, Managing Director & Founder

With more than 17 years experience in the Alcohol and Drug sector, Ashley founded ADES (originally AlcoCups) in 2010 with the aim of increasing public knowledge of alcohol and drugs in order to reduce harms and risks.

Prior to establishing ADES Ashley worked as a 24/7 alcohol & drug youth outreach worker for The Salvation Army for approximately 4 years. Prior to this role Ashley managed and designed bars and nightclubs in Melbourne and London.

Ashley has a Bachelor Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, a Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs Work, Diploma of Mental Health & Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.   

All of this experience enables Ashley to be an engaging and innovative facilitator when delivering alcohol and drug education to any target audience.

Michael Donehue, National Services Manager

Michael has vast experience in delivering community projects, involvement in charity organisations and promoting mental health awareness.

Throughout his life Michael has had loved ones affected by both mental health concerns and substance abuse. This has fueled his passion to help others by bringing these topics into the forum for discussion.

In his spare time Michael is a mental health advocate, enjoys exercise, travel, spending time with family and friends and playing drums.

Michael is thrilled to be a part of the ADES team and assist individuals, families and communities to further reduce alcohol and drug related harm.

Grace Grieve, National Manager: Operations and Training

Grace comes to ADES with over twenty-five years’ experience as a social worker. Grace brings commitment and dedication to her role  that is matched by her enthusiasm and passion for ongoing Education and awareness in the Drug and Alcohol area.

Prior work history includes but not limited to the Homelessness and Family Services sector.

Grace has a Social Work Degree, Diploma in Business, Cert IV in Drugs and Alcohol and a Cert IV in TAE.