Nicola Singleton joined UKDPC to run the Commission’s research, on secondment from the Home Office in 2007.
During the previous four years while at the Home Office, Nicola had responsibility for research and performance monitoring in relation to drugs and crime, the prevalence of drug use and, more recently, on drug prevention and treatment.
She has been UK Population Prevalence Expert for the UK Focal Point on Drugs, which co-ordinates the reporting to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, since 2005.
Prior to this she worked as Principal Survey Researcher in the Social Survey Division of the Office for National Statistics. During her 7 years at ONS, Nicola undertook a range of national surveys of mental health and drug use – among prisoners, the general household population and homeless people – and also undertook studies of drug-related deaths following release from prison and the impact of mandatory drug testing in prisons.
In the early part of her career, after obtaining degrees in biochemistry and nutrition, Nicola worked overseas for about 15 years in a range of roles, most of which involved an element of research. On returning to the UK she worked as a researcher in a local health authority for several years in the field of public health, during which time she completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics.