Ruth Joyce OBE retires...
Ruth Joyce has recently retired as Manager of the UK Drug Education Research programme 'Blueprint' at the Home Office.
Ruth is pictured (right) at a presentation at the House of Lords with Baroness Doreen Massey.
Ruth started her career teaching in secondary and special schools, from where she moved into local authority work to link health and education together. She then became Drug Education Adviser for Cambridgeshire, followed by her appointment as first Head of Education and Prevention at DrugScope. After a spell in DPAS regional offices, she moved into the Home Office and was responsible for the development and delivery of the Blueprint Programme. This major research programme involved a huge amount of work and energy in its successful implementation, and the results and outcomes will build the evidence base for drugs education in this country, which is intended to inform the future development of drugs strategy and drugs education.
Ruth's impact on the world of drug education, and her influence on policy and practice, has been immense. Her contribution is widely recognised, not least by the award of her OBE for services to drug education, but also by teachers, and drug education professionals throughout the country. She is rigorous in her analysis of the issues around drugs, education and young people; determined in the pursuit of policy; tireless in her efforts to improve practice and delivery in schools and education generally; and dedicated to putting young people at the heart of this work. Ruth is continuing to work in the fields of PSHE and drug education as a consultant
John Balding writes:
"My work has overlapped with Ruth’s for over 20 years and I am aware of the considerable influence she has had on the way the structure and services development of SHEU has evolved. She has also positively influenced my personal career. She was/is ever vigorous and forthright, and inspiring. We have witnessed too the ways that her positive and constructive behaviour has influenced many other people across the years, to the benefit of their own contributions. “She has made a difference” and we salute her massive contribution to the progress she has achieved in such an important and difficult field. Ruth will be missed by so many people who, we are sure, will join with us in wishing her well in a long and happy retirement. We note from above that she remains available as a consultant, which is good news. "