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Our trustees

Our board of trustees is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the charity, and for ensuring Terrence Higgins Trust uses its resources effectively in pursuit of our mission statement.

Most of our trustees are elected by our members with the remainder invited to join the board because of their specialist knowledge. The trustees are unpaid and can serve up to three terms of three years each.


Jonathan McShaneJonathan McShane

Chair
Trustee since December 2016

Jonathan 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.


Dr Ali Bilal

Dr Bilal Ali

Trustee since November 2015

Bilal has volunteered with Terrence Higgins Trust in Brighton over the last four years. He has been involved in a variety of roles including group facilitator, health promotion in the community and regular fundraising events. He was the first volunteer to be trained in point of care HIV testing which he undertook in community settings. He has been hugely impressed with the work that Terrence Higgins Trust does in Brighton, particularly its community engagement.

Bilal has worked as a doctor in the NHS for 12 years, and has been a General Practitioner for seven years. He also works in medical education and is involved with training new GPs and appraising doctors.

He has lived in Brighton and Hove for 12 years. He thoroughly loves living by the sea, and has sung in a Brighton gospel choir for 11 years, something he loves being involved in.

He is very much looking forward to the challenge of being a trustee and is honoured to have been chosen.


Dr Jake Bayley Dr Jake Bayley

Trustee since December 2016

Dr Jake Bayley is an HIV and Sexual Health Consultant at Barts NHS Trust, east London. He has been in the field of HIV and sexual health for seven years and became a consultant two years ago after training at Kings College Hospital. He has developed an interest in HIV prevention and worked on the PROUD trial.

His other specialties include looking after clients who engage in chemsex, non-Caucasian men who have sex with men and development of digital health within the NHS and third sector. He has a research background in HPV (human papillomavirus) and has started a clinic for those at risk of anal cancer. He also looks after a cohort of people living with HIV.


Ben Bradshaw

Ben Bradshaw MP

Trustee since November 2011

Ben Bradshaw has been MP for Exeter since winning the seat in the 1997 general election. Before entering Parliament, Ben worked as a newspaper and radio journalist, starting his career in 1984 with Exeter's local paper the Express and Echo. After a stint at a local newspaper in Norwich, Ben moved into radio journalism with a posting at BBC Radio Devon.

A highlight of Ben’s journalism career came in 1989 when he reported from Berlin on the fall of the Berlin Wall for BBC Radio.

After one Parliament on the back benches Ben was made a Minister in the Foreign Office in 2001. He then held posts as Deputy Leader of the Commons and Environment Minister before joining the Health team in 2007. Between June 2009 and May 2010, Ben was Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, becoming the first ever cabinet member to be in a civil partnership. He now very proudly speaks for Exeter in Parliament from the backbenches

His principal hobbies include hiking in Devon and Cornwall, going to the theatre, and spending time with his godchildren. Ben and his partner Neal have lived together for 12 years in Exeter and London, and they celebrated their civil partnership in 2006.


Robert Glick

Robert Glick

Trustee since November 2012

Robert first became involved with Terrence Higgins Trust in 1989 as a mentor/buddy while he was a post-graduate student at Cambridge, researching his MPhil thesis on ‘The Politics of AIDS’.

He has been involved with the HIV community since the 1980s, and notably worked with the United Nations in formulating its first policy and programmatic responses to the socio-economic impacts of AIDS.

It was in this role that he produced ‘Law, Ethics and HIV’, a collection of original research and analysis that raised significant awareness of the legal and ethical implications of the epidemic.

Since then, he has held a number of senior communications roles in the public and private sectors, and has continued to work directly on HIV-related issues.


William RobertsWilliam Roberts

Trustee since 2014

William is an experienced NHS director with a clinical background. As a trained nurse, he has worked in both hospital and community services and was a Nurse Specialist in Tuberculosis and HIV.

William’s first management role was running a clinical network and he held a variety of commissioning and senior leadership roles in the NHS, including roles in Public Health, Strategy, Corporate Affairs and Planning.

For a number of years, William was a visiting lecturer at City University and he still lectures on a range of subjects. He is currently Director for Strategy and Planning at Camden CCG.


Randeep Sidhu

Randeep Sidhu

Trustee since November 2015

Randeep first became involved with Terrence Higgins Trust in 2000 when fundraising as a student in Cambridge. After graduating with a biology degree he joined the team setting up Teach First, a charity that reduces educational inequality. This led to a few years of teaching science and PSHE (or sex education) in ‘challenging’ London secondary schools.

For the last 10 years Randeep has specialised in technology and innovation, developing products for both large corporations and smaller tech start-ups. He is currently working for Your.MD, a ‘personal healthcare assistant’ app that uses technology to give free, personalised medical information to anyone in the developed, or developing, world.

Randeep has many loved ones from both the LGBT and BME communities affected by HIV, and has seen the effects of stigmatisation first hand. He hopes to use his digital and communications experience to improve access to information and promote a better understanding of issues facing different communities.


Dr Lisa Thorley

Dr Lisa Thorley

Trustee since November 2015

Lisa was diagnosed in 2011 as being HIV positive whilst pregnant with her second child. Since the birth of her daughter, who is negative, she has successfully completed a PhD in Development and Economics research and become an active member of the HIV advocacy community.

She is a social science researcher with interests in development thinking specifically related to women in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also interested in research that is directly related to people’s experiences of living with HIV in the UK and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining the Terrence Higgins Trust board, Lisa was the Chair of a small development NGO that worked with people living with HIV in Tanzania. She also worked for the African Centre at the University of Bradford as a project co-ordinator, and has lectured at the university as well as in Tanzania.

Although Lisa is open about her status, she is more than aware of the obstacles that people with HIV can encounter, more so when it comes to telling someone about her status. That said, she has recently told her eldest daughter about her status and her daughter’s reaction was, ‘Let me see if I have this right. As long as you take your medication every day, and your viral load remains undetectable, you’ll be fine? Ok, so what’s the big deal?’ It is this acceptance and understanding that Lisa wants everyone who is HIV positive to encounter. Her aim is to educate not only people who are living with HIV, but the general population as a whole. She is also a true believer that everyone should have access to HIV medication.


Dr Laura WatersDr Laura Waters

Trustee since December 2016

As a sexual health and HIV clinician of 14 years, Dr Laura Waters brings to the board a wealth of experience in service development, national policy, guidelines, community engagement, education and research.

She trained at Chelsea and Westminster then worked in the clinical trials unit in Brighton. She took up a consultant post at The Mortimer Market Centre in 2012 where she is currently the lead for HIV and hepatitis services. She is on the BHIVA executive committee, chair of BHIVA conferences and chair of the BHIVA treatment guidelines.

She represents BASHH on the HIV Clinical Reference Group and the HalveIt campaign advisory group. She has presented widely both nationally and internationally, including to community and peer organisations. She reviews patient information for NAMA and writes a fortnightly column for Boyz magazine.


Dr Samantha WestropDr Samantha Westrop

Trustee since November 2015

Samantha is currently training as a specialty registrar in public health.

She began working in the field of HIV immune-based therapy research during the university summer holiday of 2005 and was awarded a PhD from Imperial College in 2010. She has worked on clinical studies at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and as a Senior Translational Fellow at King's College London. This involved translating laboratory science into clinical studies, including manufacturing and evaluating trials of whole-cell and peptide-based vaccines.

In 2014 she joined Public Health England as a Senior Scientist in the HIV STI Department, working alongside colleagues at Terrence Higgins Trust on the HIV Prevention England Programme. In particular Samantha worked on the evaluation of National HIV Testing Week and the postal testing service.

Following this, Samantha gained commissioning experience as an Immunisation Commissioning Manager at NHS England (London Region) before embarking upon the Faculty of Public Health training programme in August 2015.


Gavin Wills

Gavin Wills

Trustee since November 2014

Gavin is a qualified accountant who has spent thirty years in a variety of leadership roles within the financial services sector whilst working for two large global organisations. He is a passionate advocate for diversity and has acted as co-head of his current organisation’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network for six years.

Gavin also sits on the Board of Trustees for the LGBT Youth Homelessness charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

Gavin has been a long-term supporter of Terrence Higgins Trust following the help that they provided to two close friends in the mid-1980s and his own HIV-positive diagnosis in 1988.

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