Leo Downer is the Director for Business Development at The Social Interest Group
He has extensive experience of working in the field of drug addiction and crime; and was involved with the early days of Sexplained® Training as the ‘Drugs and Sex’ trainer.
Leo has over 25 years of working in health, substance misuse, and regional and national crime and drug reduction.
He trained as a Microbiologist and studied Psychology at UCL.
He has experience of tackling blood borne diseases when he worked in Great Ormond Street Hospital, then used his hospital experience to coordinate South London’s largest GP prescribing network for substitute opioids to reduce HIV transmission.
Subsequently, he founded one of the first Crack cocaine treatment services in London (Brixton) to tackle the rise of crack cocaine use and related harms. He then joined commissioning teams across south London to reduce the health and crime impacts of primary heroin and crack cocaine use.
Leo went on to join Government Office for London where as a Regional Crime and Drug advisor then as Head of Drugs and Crime.
Before transferring to Home Office HQ to deliver its stronger and safer communities programmes, tackling drugs, crime and terrorism nationally, he negotiated rewards with London local authority commissioners to drive improvement in health, mental health, community safety and social care.
He was Chief of Staff in James Brokenshire MP’s Office, to Baroness Newlove working across Home Office HQ and the House of Lords, he has also supported “Womens Gender Pay Gap” policy.
Leo left the Home Office and returned to the voluntary sector, joining Equinox Care in 2013, one of the founding members of the Social Interest Group, and now leads on the Business Development and Strategy for the Social Interest Group.