Picture of director Eddie Cobb

Eddie Cobb

Founder / Managing Director

Eddie came up with the idea of ADAPT through her passion for helping others. Eddie’s compassion and understanding for those with little support and nowhere to turn, and her own experience with relapse have made her realise the importance of places like ADAPT. 

Since becoming a full time mother in 2016 she wanted to find a way to help others whilst also having the flexibility to spend time with her children, Jack and India. Through her hard work and commitment, ADAPT soon became a reality.

Matthew Stainer

Operations Manager / Addictions Therapist

Matthew is a fully qualified specialist addictions counsellor, with a significant amount of experience working in a plethora of roles within the addiction treatment field. Having completed a BSc in Addictions Counselling at University of Bath, Matthew has up to date knowledge of addiction counselling and implements a variety of evidence-based treatments to support residents in their recovery. Matthew has clinical management experience, having managed a team of counsellors previously and will bring a wealth of knowledge to ADAPT.

Matthew has had his own personal experience of addiction, which has given him a hunger to offer the same love, compassion and support that was once offered to him, in a compassionate environment in which people can grow. The vision for ADAPT excited Matthew enough to prise him from his previous role and embark on this journey with Eddie and the trustees.

Neil Philbin

Addictions Therapist 

Neil is a qualified Specialist Addiction Counsellor with vast experience working with substance misuse and behavioural addictions in various different settings. He holds a BSc Honors degree in Addictions Counselling from University of Bath and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy From University of Derby. 

Neil has personal experience of addiction that enables him to provide non-judgemental, empathic support. This coupled with his qualifications and experience working as a counsellor has proved beneficial to ADAPT residents. He is passionate about recovery and addiction treatment, and the ADAPT programme.

Harry Cobb


Harry is a Director at Bonas MacFarlane, a leading educational consultancy firm based in London. He has spent the past ten years working as a tutor and helping families navigate their way through the UK educational system. 

Harry witnessed Edwina’s recovery and was inspired by her determination and resilience in battling her addiction. He is keen to help promote the charity and support his sister where best he can. 

Mike Jennings


Mike is a Chartered Accountant, and since qualifying has spent most of his time working in industry. He was born and still lives just outside Oxford. For the past 25 years he has been managing his own family commercial property business. He runs the business with an ethical culture that puts people first, which is ahead of its time. This process is values driven, with trust, honesty and care at the heart, and there is a clear social purpose.

Through family connections Mike has close affinity to addicts and alcoholics in recovery. His understanding of their needs comes from empathy with the situation they find themselves in. Mike is a fan of Canadian addiction counsellor Gabor Mate whose clear descriptions of addiction in general are like a breath of fresh air in this difficult arena.