Meet Our Team At The Lighthouse

The staff at our residential Lighthouse rehab facility are extremely passionate and devoted to their individual roles within the rehab and to our clients recovery and wellbeing. We have a full complement of a friendly and professional multidisciplinary team, specialising in the treatment of addiction and its common co occurring illnesses.

The Lighthouse’s unique holistic and person centred approach to addiction treatment and behavioural management is highly effective. We share the same vision, that anyone, no matter how far down the scale they have gone in their addiction, is capable of recovery with the correct treatment and support.

Our ultimate goal is to help clients find recovery from active addiction, through detox, rehabilitation, integrated supported living and back into the community free from addiction and maladaptive behaviours. Our facility is structured to support our clients each and every step of the way, so that no step forward need be taken alone.

Danielle Byatt

Treatment Director and Operations Manager

Danielle is The Lighthouse’s Treatment Director and Operations Manager. Danielle is very skilled at her job and is completely committed in her day to day role of managing the The Lighthouses directive and clinical team. Danielle has been instrumental in establishing the rehabs vision and foundations, right down to the very last detail.

Danielle has an impressive addiction treatment career, spanning over 15 years. Originally qualifying as a BACP registered Addiction Counsellor, Danielle then graduated to complete her QCF Level 5 in Leadership and Young People in Social Care.

Danielle is passionate about helping individuals to overcome addiction and go on to lead substance free, happy and productive lives. Danielle’s expertise and commitment is evident in our clinical teams treatment excellence.

Danielle is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of care and treatment are delivered by The Lighthouse and that they meet with Care Quality Commision regulations and protocols. Danielle has a unique ability to understand our clients individual personal circumstances and treatment needs and ensure that The Lighthouse rehab meets them without exception.

In Danielle’s spare time, she enjoys outings with her family and friends and spending time with her loved ones.

Dr Lars Davidsson MRCPsych.MEWI

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Lars is our consultant psychiatrist at The Lighthouse and has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years continously, including working for the NHS for 18 years. He now has his own successful private practice which he founded in 2009. We feel his experience and knowledge is a privileged addition to our team and the quality treatment we provide.

Dr Lars joined the Lighthouse in 2017, taking on the role of consultant psychiatrist, facilitating detox, dual diagnosis treatment structure and medical supervision for our clients. Without exception, he is very understanding to our clients needs and any issues of a more sensitive nature.

In his spare time, Dr Lars enjoys spending time with his son, walking his beloved dog, reading, art and the opera.

Andrea Holmes

Clinical Manager

Andrea is highly skilled registered BACP Counsellor, with 13 years of work experience in treating alcohol and drug addiction. Prior to her work in this field, Andrea worked as a Mental health Practitioner for the NHS for 10 years.

Andrea holds the position of Senior Counsellor at The Lighthouse and uses her combined mental health and counselling skills to successfully treat our patients. Andrea is very passionate about helping addicted individuals to break free from addiction and its associated behaviours and realise their true potential in recovery.

Andrea particularly enjoys group work treatment and finds it an effective forum for patients to inter-relate and share their experiences, realising that they are no longer alone.

Andrea enjoys arts and crafts, fitness and time with her children at the weekends

Jen Budd

Recovery Worker

Jen recently joined our team this year and is a year away from being a fully qualified level 4 integrated Counsellor, having successfully completed the 3 previous stages of her diploma. Jen has previously worked on the front line of addiction for the local community drug and alcohol team for 3.5 years,, where she keyworked clients at the height of their addiction and preparing to go into rehab.

Prior to her experience in working in the substance misuse field, Jen qualified as a mental health nurse for the NHS and worked within a secure mental health unit. Jen has an abundance of skills in treating addiction, counselling, keyworking and in nursing mental health patients, which makes her a valuable addition to our team.

As well as work and studying, Jen is also a mum to two young children, and in her free time looks after her children and enjoys down time and self care through watching films and treating herself to regular reflexology treatments. Jen has also overcome her own addiction problems in the past and provides a very inspirational role model to anyone struggling with addiction. It is her own recovery that drives her passion to help others.

Paul McCree

Recovery Worker

Paul is a Key Worker at The Lighthouse and really enjoys helping individuals who suffer from addiction to find recovery. Previously he has worked for CRI, Brighton Housing Trust, The Priory and Charterhouse, rehab clinics. His work experience in the field of addiction treatment spans over 17 years and he has been instrumental in setting up local projects to help the homeless.

Paul has a diploma in person centered therapy, and brings his intervention and key work skills to help motivate our clients in their recovery and in overcoming obstacles.

In Pauls spare time he enjoys time with his family and playing golf with friends. He is also passionate about travelling.

Antony Griffiths

Admissions Manager

Tony is the Senior Support Worker at The Lighthouse, and also the manager of our supported third stage housing accomodation.

Tony has worked in the substance misuse field for 8 years, at numerous treatment centres, including Sanctum Personal Development, Sanctuary Lodge, and Charterhouse Clinic.

Tony is very passionate about working with both addiction and behavioural problems. Tony is qualified in Level 3 Health and Social care. He has substance misuse training and health care training in a number of different areas, all of which enhance the support and service he provides our clients at The Lighthouse.

Tony is responsible for overseeing the day to day management and running of our sober living accomodation. He brings a great deal of experience to our team and is an outstanding problem solver.

In his spare time Tony likes to keep fit at the gym, enjoys fishing and riding motorbikes.

Jane Arnold

Recovery Worker

Jane is a committed support worker at The Lighthouse and shares the same passion and vision as the rest of our team. Jane has taken time out of her previous role in Banking and feels like she has found her vocation in life here at The Lighthouse; helping our clients by supporting them through the detox and rehabilitation process.

In Jane’s spare time she enjoys the theatre, eating out, time with her dogs and reading.

Nico Gray


Nico is a talented Chef who takes pride in his work and has worked in various Chef roles for over 23 years in reputable restaurants and previously for Charterhouse rehab clinic.

Nico joined our team at The Lighthouse last summer after moving to Southend-on-sea. Nico believes, as do we, that healthy nutritious food and regular mealtimes are a key element to physical and mental recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

Nico is very flexible and will try his utmost to accommodate any special dietary requirements and nutritional needs. Nico is very passionate about his role and very much enjoys that he is able to implement his skills as an experienced Chef to help our patients to get well and recover.