Terrence Higgins Trust announces Jonathan McShane as new Chair of Trustees
Jonathan McShane has a wealth of experience in public health. He is currently the Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Devolution in the London Borough of Hackney, Chair of Hackney’s Health and Wellbeing Board and represents the Local Government Association on public health issues.
Jonathan is the chair of a number of national public health committees including the Public Health System Group and others. Jonathan also has experience of charity governance from his roles as Trustee at Action on Smoking and Health UK and Shoreditch Town Hall Trust.
Jonathan said: “It’s a real privilege to become Chair of an organisation I have known and admired for many years. We know there are huge challenges but also real opportunities ahead of us in HIV and sexual health and I look forward to working with staff and volunteers to ensure that Terrence Higgins Trust continues to play its vital role as the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity.”
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We are honoured to welcome Jonathan McShane as our Chair of Trustees. Jonathan brings with him formidable experience of public health leadership and, together with our exceptional new trustees, he is ideally positioned to lead the governance of the charity’s life-changing and vital work in the years ahead, as we work towards ending HIV transmission in the UK, and supporting people to live well with HIV and improve their sexual health.”
The charity also warmly welcomes two new trustees to the Board – Dr Jake Bayley and Dr Laura Waters – and is pleased that current trustee Ant Babajee will serve another term.
As a sexual health and HIV clinician of 14 years, Dr Waters brings to the Board a wealth of experience in service development, national policy, guidelines, community engagement, education and research.
Dr Waters said: “I am delighted to join the Board at Terrence Higgins Trust. I’m committed to ensuring that complacency does not undo the enormous progress we have made with HIV, and am keen to protect and strengthen the charity’s services in light of changes to funding, commissioning and service provision.”
Dr Jake Bayley is an HIV and Sexual Health Consultant at Newham University Hospital.
Dr Bayley said: “In my role as an HIV and sexual health consultant, I have seen first-hand the stigma, prejudice and anxiety those living with HIV face, and the huge impact of Terrence Higgins Trust in supporting people living with and at risk of HIV.
“During my tenure as trustee, I am particularly passionate about improving education and awareness of HIV and good sexual health, and exploring how innovative digital technology can be utilised to drive down transmissions.”
Ant Babajee has been living with HIV since 2007 and became a Terrence Higgins Trust trustee in November 2013. He currently works in marketing and brings with him 15 years’ experience in communications including five years at the BBC.
Ant has been volunteering on the charity’s myHIV online community forum since its launch in 2011, and volunteers with Terrence Higgins Trust's health promotion team. Ant has also mentored on the Work Positive scheme and is training to be a group work facilitator.
Ant said: “I am honoured to be serving another term on the Terrence Higgins Trust board. I am unashamedly positive and passionate about amplifying the voices of people living with HIV.”
The charity launched its strategy ‘Bold Ambitions’ in April and is now seven months into the strategy. The charity held its Annual General Meeting last night.