As all charities do, we have a Board of Trustees. Our Trustees meet every two months and have oversight of all strategy and operations including finance, HR, safeguarding and business planning. 

Our Trustees are volunteers with a wealth of experience - more information about them can be found below. 

Howard O'Neill - Chair 


Liz Paver - Vice-Chair

I am retired after having worked for 30 years as a Primary Headteacher in Denaby, Askern and Intake Doncaster. I was the union representative for the National Association of Head Teachers  with members in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Wakefield. I was elected their National President in 1997.

I work as a volunteer at local, national and international level for the Church of England.

Despite my actual years I refer to myself as a “ Recycled Teenager”.

As a long serving Trustee I am committed to help anyone in need of  our help whatever their circumstances.

Lead Role: Safeguarding

Colin Parrish 

Lead Role: Safeguarding

Doncaster born & bred.

Served as a police officer 1964 to 1975. Retired as Superintendent in charge of South Yorkshire Police Community Liaison Department. Since worked for various local and national statutory and voluntary sector organisations, including NSPCC.

Worked as freelance safeguarding trainer until 2018. Family man - four grandchildren. Another on the way.

Member of Cantley Methodist Church Council. Serious chess player. ('Serious' does not mean good!). Enjoy going to the gym (once I shake off this cold!).

Robert Indries

Lead Role: HR/OD

Rob is an experienced leader with a passion for helping teams and organisations grow, innovate and find sustainable ways to give back to their community. Rob focusses on attaining results that matter by assisting in the development and execution of effective strategies and ensuring the right systems are in place to support consistency and accountability. 

Rob is the founding member of multiple profitable businesses with operations on four continents and has experience of generating millions in revenue whilst cutting costs, winning awards, gaining publicity and increasing productivity and predictability.

Rob is passionate about progressive ethical businesses and nonprofits across the globe and, after moving to South Yorkshire recently, came across Doncaster Alcohol Services and wanted to lend his skills to help the organisation grow and fulfil its potential. 

Laura Holt

Lead Role: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

I am an Advice Worker at Sheffield Hallam Student Union, I support students who are having issues on their university courses. 

I have previously worked at Sheffield Carers charity on their advice helpline and as a secondary school English teacher. 

I enjoy spending time with my niece and my new baby nephew.  I also love yoga and running.  I joined the Board as I have worked in the 3rd sector for a long time and have first hand experience in the impact Board members can have, I am keen to see what support I can offer within this role.  

Paul Gledhill

Lead Role: HR/OD

Paul has had a long and successful career in business leadership and transformation in contracting and support service organisations in both the UK and internationally.  He is in particularly proud of the work he has done in the infrastructure sector and the positive impact this has had on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout the world.

 Most recently Paul has been working as an interim executive in roles as wide ranging as Managing Director and Performance Director within contracting organisations to Strategic Adviser / ‘Critical Friend’ to a number of UK Council’s in respect of domiciliary care provision.

 Having come across DAS through his relationship with our Chairman Howard he was keen to join the Board and lend his commercial and operational experience as well as business network in support of DAS’s strategic objectives.

Sara Lewis

Lead Role: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

I have 15 years' of experience improving organisational performance through enhancing people, improving processes, and modernising IT. 

Most of my work these days has shifted to the private sector, and I miss feeling like I'm making a tangible difference to real people with real problems, so becoming a Board member is a wonderful way to use my skills to my local area. 

I play the harp, and am training as a therapeutic musician when not running around after my toddler, working on our allotment, or playing board games with friends.