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The Bill Brookman Foundation
Standing Committee on Khat



The Foundation Standing Committee on Khat was formed at a meeting at the Wellcome Foundation café, London, Tuesday 27th July 2010.

The committee aims to further UK and Somali diaspora research, responsibility and possible legislation regarding the growing problem of khat in the UK.

The Foundation contribution is to hold a resource-bank available on our Documents section. For example:


  • Press releases
  • Policy papers of other organisations (with permission)
  • Academic, medical and scientific papers
  • Photo library
  • Links to other organisations and members
  • Minutes of committee meetings
  • Forum

Principal committee members are:


Dr Natalie Tobert


Natalie Tolbert is a campaigner for an awareness of dangers of khat.
She works is the well Woman Programme Coordinator at Midaye, the Somali Development Network funded by NHS Kensington and Chelsea from where she hears so much of the distress to Somali womenfolk caused by their men chewing khat.

07719 416 855 natalietobert@aol.com


Dr Katherine Darton BA, BSc Hons, PhD, LGSM, LGSM (MT)


Katherine Darton is an Information officer for Mind, the mental health charity.  Among other areas of expertise, she writes all of Mind's information on psychiatric drugs, and runs training for mental health professionals on this topic. Her article on the effects on cannabis on mental health can be found here.
www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/cannabis_and_mental_health


Bill Brookman BA Hons


Bill Brookman is currently a member of the UN Somalia Safety Partnership.
He is artistic director of Geediga Nabada – The Somali Peace Caravan, a collection of artists, poets and musicians touring Somalia and Somaliland advancing the cause for peace.
www.billbrookman.co.uk/geediga