Conference Speaker

Kevin is a sought-after speaker, engaging justice, health and local authority professionals and students. He has developed and delivered a series of lectures and workshops.

He has been a speaker at:

  • Cambridge University Union – Wilberforce Society
  • British Pharmacists Students Association
  • Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden (FLIC)
  • Weston College
  • Crisis – the national charity for single homeless people, London headquarters
  • Trelawny House Addiction Treatment Facility, Croydon
  • Red Rose Recovery, Preston

Kevin’s speaking engagements are managed by Glennie Justice.  For bookings contact: Ian Glennie: | 07734 858121  |


Feedback from Kevin’s recent talk to the British Society for Criminology

“It takes a lot to quieten a room full of criminologists, but Kevin Dooley’s impassioned speech at the British Society for Criminology Annual Dinner captured everyone’s attention.  Kevin spoke from the heart, and from his own bitter experiences.   At a time when politicians and criminal decision-makers seem disinclined to listen to evidence about the impacts of their policies, they could do well to listen carefully to Kevin.  The first half of his talk left no-one in any doubt about the dire consequences of a childhood damaged by poverty, deprivation and violence, where the roots of crime and addiction lie.

The second half of his talk was a lesson to criminologists: first concerning the bitter personal struggles that fighting addiction and changing a life can entail, and that behind every conviction lies an often unheard human story.  Secondly he addressed the need to speak out for more effective supports and interventions to help those making the decision to change.  Kevin knows, he’s been there and done it, and he has much to contribute.  As the outgoing President of the BSC, Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe said, following Kevin’s talk:  “Kevin should inspire us all to make some noise” on behalf of a fairer society and a better criminal justice system.  It is hard to disagree.”

Peter Squires
Professor of Criminology & Public Policy
University of Brighton
BSC President,  July 2015


Kevin came to speak about his life to pharmacy students at the BPSA conference in Durham. The aim of the conference was to try and change people’s perception around addiction, to treat it as an illness and not a crime. Within one talk, Kevin had completely changed both the perception and the atmosphere in the room, from one of curiosity into one of fascination… Fascination that such brilliant things could come from a life almost discarded by society. Suddenly the students saw how important the correct treatment of addiction is. They left the room enlightened and excited, more able to empathise with addicts and determined in future careers to change their treatment for the better, now aware that the slow and difficult path in treating addiction can not only save lives, but make them too.

Alastair Paterson, British Pharmacists Students Association


Talk at Crisis, the homeless charity



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