On Purpose

Ian Merrill

Ian is Chief Executive of Spice, a national time credits and community engagement social enterprise. Following a career in the pharmaceutical industry, Ian took a social studies degree as a mature student 20 years ago and then worked in a range of roles in the health and social care sector. Immediately following graduation, he volunteered in drug & alcohol treatment services in Manchester. Following a period as a paid caseworker, a succession of managerial roles led to operational and business development director level posts. With it came a significant track record of winning and delivering local authority, health authority and grant funded services across drug, alcohol, mental health, offender and homelessness provision. As a dynamic leader with a demonstrable record of achievement, Ian joined Spice as CEO on 1st February 2017 after almost 5 years as an Executive Director at Addaction.