Devon De Silva, Daniel Murtagh and Andreas Kavalierou


Devon De Silva, Daniel Murtagh and Andreas Kavalierou work for WDP, a national substance misuse service provider.

Devon De Silva manages WDPs Innovation and Research Unit (IRU); bridging the gap between academia and service delivery. The IRU achieves this by designing and contributing to research within the addictions sector whilst also developing and evaluating innovations that enhance service delivery. Devon’s primary research focus is the evaluation of pilot programmes launched within WDP e.g. the GLOVES Programme, WDPs Capital Card, Animal Assisted Therapy and Open Dialogue.

Daniel Murtagh is a key member of the IRU and designs and collaborates on key research projects. In addition, Daniel oversees the development of all digital projects. Daniel’s current research interest includes evaluating Music Therapy within community services and ensuring services are equipped to meet emerging drug threats, such as Fentanyl.

Andrea Kavalierou is an experienced Recovery Practitioner based in Redbridge and is passionate about supporting service users to achieve sustained recovery and improved health and wellbeing. Andreas uses innovative techniques to achieve this and consequently founded WDPs GLOVES Boxing Programme, which he currently delivers across a number of services.