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 events and promoting mental health and drug awareness.

He enjoys public speaking and is an ambassador for youth mental health organisation Love Me Love You.

Michael also has experience as an MC for a variety of events, including the ADES gala dinner, Cancer Council's Relay for Life, weddings and community festivals. 

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 passionate musician/drummer which has seen him perform all over Australia to large audiences.

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.