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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 McShane

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ChairJonathan McShane
Trustee since December 2016

Jonathan has a wealth of experience in public health at a local and national level. He was Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Devolution in the London Borough of Hackney, Chair of Hackney’s Health and Wellbeing Board and represented the Local Government Association on public health issues for many years. 

He currently chairs a number of national public health committees and advises NHS organisations and councils on all aspects of health and social care. He is also a  trustee at Action on Smoking and Health, and Shoreditch Town Hall Trust.

Dr Bilal Ali

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Trustee since November 2015Dr Bilal Ali

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 honoured to have been chosen as a trustee.

Dr Carla Barrett

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Carla BarrettTrustee since December 2021

Dr Carla Barrett is Head of Research and Impact at Royal Mencap Society. She is an experienced research and evaluation specialist, and her research interests include disability, sexuality and gender. Carla previously sat on the Board for Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard. She brings to the Board a wealth of experience in using monitoring, evaluation and research to inform strategic planning and delivery, policy influencing, campaigning and fundraising.
 
Carla is passionate about improving sexual health and supporting Terrence Higgins Trust’s work towards a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from discrimination. As a disabled woman she is also passionate about ensuring this work is inclusive of disabled and neurodivergent people. She hopes to support this through her personal perspective and professional experience of working with different communities and using participatory approaches.

Dr Jake Bayley

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Trustee since December 2016Dr Jake Bayley

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 after training at King's College Hospital. He has developed an interest in HIV prevention and worked on the PROUD trial.

His other specialities 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.

Antonia Belcher

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Antonia BelcherTrustee since November 2018

Antonia is the founding Partner of MHBC, an independent building consultancy established in early 2007, and has 40 plus years’ experience in the construction and property industries. She transitioned in 2000 in a very male-dominated working environment, where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on.

Recognised five years running as one of the OUTstanding/Financial Times Top 100 LGBT Business Executives, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, she was also recognised in 2016 as one of the City’s most inspiring women in the City A.M. Power 100 Women List.

HIV a growing issue in the trans community, particularly amongst trans women, and the fight and struggle for some to survive (and be the true person they know themselves to be) often leads them to greater risk and exposure to the virus.

She feels the time has come for senior people in the trans spectrum to be visible. She hopes to bring her personal trans background and her business and professional experience and knowledge to Terrence Higgins Trust, and to help ensure that the charity's trustees are reflective of its service users.

Asher Craig

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Asher CraigTrustee since December 2021

Asher is a councillor in Bristol and the city’s Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Children's Services, Education and Equalities. Previously, her cabinet responsibilities were for Public Health and Neighbourhoods. She has led award-winning work on the issues of structural and systemic racial disparities and inequalities in the city as part of Bristol One City.

She is a national thought leader on public health and crime prevention, and serves as a member of the Safer and Stronger Communities Board of the Local Government Association.

Alongside her trustee role at Terrence Higgins Trust, she is a trustee of ASDAN – an education charity – and The Friends of Fairfield House. She has previously been a school governor, trustee of the Quarter Community Foundation and Chairperson of the Black Development Agency.

Asher hosted the HIV Commission when it went to Bristol, has spoken at Terrence Higgins Trust events to mark National HIV Testing Week and helped found – and continues to support – Bristol Fast Tract Cities.

Ian Marshall

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Ian MarshallTrustee since May 2019

Ian is an Edinburgh University business graduate and qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS), with a wide variety of post-qualifying business experience.

After qualifying with KPMG in 1999, Ian worked in mergers and acquisitions advisory before taking on a number of commercial, business development and operational roles in industry. Ian has start-up, high-growth and turnaround experience and now heads up accounting firm AAB's work with start-ups and scale-ups in Scotland, and is based in Edinburgh.

He has previously served a term on the Board of Borders College as Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Gordon Mundie

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Gordon MundieTrustee since May 2018

Gordon is a former employee who has worked and volunteered for Terrence Higgins Trust for over 15 years.

He wanted to do something about HIV and how it was affecting him and his friends since the early 1990s. He started doing scene-based outreach in 1995 and completed his HIV Buddy Training later that year. After receiving his own HIV diagnosis in 2004, he accessed services to help people who were coming to terms with their own recent diagnosis, including a Terrence Higgins Trust Newly Diagnosed Group.

Today, he works for ViiV healthcare in the Positive Action team that supports community-led efforts to address HIV and AIDS, promote sexual health and wellbeing and advance social and economic justice for men who have sex with men and transgender people. He is an experienced public speaker for Mind, the mental health charity, and the Positive Voices Programme at Terrence Higgins Trust, and mentors people living with HIV on the Work Positive programme.

He is a passionate campaigner and activist for the rights of people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, and trans people. Through sharing his personal perspective on what it’s like to live with HIV, he hopes to encourage a better understanding of how stigma and discrimination impact the lives of those affected by the virus.

Abayomi Olusunle

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Abayomi OlusunleTrustee since December 2021

Abayomi Olusunle holds an MSc. in Psychology from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) with a background in digital communications spanning more than six years. She is the founder of The Yommie, a thriving online community focused on empowering individuals to build authentic lives they are active participants in.

In the past, her professional communications and marketing expertise has led her to work with various brands, stakeholders, outreach schemes and community organisations. These include the Global Shapers, NTU and Black Minds Matter UK, to mention a few.

Abayomi is committed to championing health equality, psychosocial wellbeing and demystifying HIV and mental health conditions, especially within BIPOC communities both in the UK and globally. She aspires to leverage on her digital and communications experience to create awareness, reduce stigma, build significant impact, and create knowledge on issues affecting various social groups. She hopes to bridge the information gap in younger generations and BIPOC communities with regards to HIV and support Terrence Higgins Trust towards turning its vision and strategy into reality.

Ben Roberts

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Ben RobertsTrustee since November 2018

Ben was diagnosed with HIV in 2012 and benefited greatly from the services, resources and people of Terrence Higgins Trust and the NHS. This motivated him to be open about his status, to be a positive, visible role model, and to use his HIV status as a force for good.

He brings to Terrence Higgins Trust 20 years of business knowledge and experience: in a senior role in a commercial environment; growing a profitable small business in the cultural sector; and most recently in the public and charity sectors. He has always led on positive business reform, building successful strategies based on a clearly articulated sense of purpose and prudent financial management.

He is the Chief Executive for the British Film Institute (BFI), which has adapted to continued funding challenges by strengthening commercial thinking, cultivating new sponsors, building strategic national partnerships, clarifying the purpose of the organisation, and communicating a better story to government, funders and audiences.

He looks after the UK’s largest public film fund (over £30m of National Lottery funding a year) and is a visible senior industry figure and spokesperson. He represents the BFI internationally, and speaks frequently at industry events and in national and international press. He is keen to connect Terrence Higgins Trust to the creative industries' talent, resources, technology and audience platforms.

William Roberts

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Trustee since 2014William Roberts

William is an experienced Health and Social Care Leader 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. He was previously Director for Strategy and Planning at Camden CCG and worked as a National Lead in the New Care Models programme at NHS England. He is currently Head of Health and Social Care at the Innovation Unit.

Randeep Sidhu

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Trustee since November 2015 Randeep Sidhu

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. 

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.

Alexander Walsh

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Alexander WalshTrustee since December 2019

Alexander Walsh is a partner of TowerBrook, the UK-US headquartered private equity firm. He has worked in private equity for 15 years, during which time he has sat on the board of a broad number of businesses across both industries and countries.

He holds master's degrees from University of St Andrews, has been a long supporter of Terrence Higgins Trust and was previously a member of the advisory board.

Dr Laura Waters

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Trustee since December 2016Dr Laura Waters

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.