He has a wide range of experience in the field of drug treatment and policy, from direct work with problematic drug users, to senior positions in national government and international agencies.
After 12 years working in and managing projects that provided treatment to the homeless, drug users and offenders, he was offered the post of Deputy UK Anti-Drug Co-ordinator in 1997, and held this post until 2001. From 2000 to 2003, he was the chair of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, where he was responsible for steering the 3-year work plan of the agency on behalf of the EU member states.
From 2001 to 2002, he held the post of the Director of Performance at the National Treatment Agency, set up by the UK government to oversee the rapid expansion of the drug treatment sector. In 2002, Mr Trace took up the post of Chief of the Demand Reduction Section at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Since leaving his UN post, Mr Trace has returned to the UK and the non-governmental sector. After a year as Chief Executive of the Blenheim Project, a provider of community treatment services in London, he became the Chief Executive of RAPT, one of the largest providers of drug treatment services in the UK prison system.
He splits his time between this role and his role as Chair of IDPC, where he contributes to IDPC strategy, representation, fundraising and organisational development.