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Membership of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health & HIV

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    7 October 2009
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The establishment of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV was announced by the Public Health Minister on 6th March 2003.

 

 

 

Membership List:

Baroness Joyce Gould

Chair

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Baroness Gould is a House of Lords Life Peer with a strong interest in sexual health. She is President of fpa (formerly named Family Planning Association), patron of FORWARD, an organisation that campaigns against female genital mutilation and also Chair of the All Party Pro Choice Group. She has extensive experience of chairing large groups and committees.

Anne Weyman

Joint Vice Chair

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Anne Weyman was formerly Chief Executive of fpa. She was involved in the development of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy and is also a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy. She has a wealth of experience across all aspects of sexual health and experience of public speaking and chairing meetings.

Derek Bodell

Derek Bodell

Joint Vice Chair

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Formerly Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust who has over 15 years experience in delivering Sexual Health and HIV services at both a strategic and local level. He also served as a member of the Sexual Health and HIV Steering Group and was involved in developing specific proposals in 1997 proposing the integration of HIV into a broader sexual health framework. He has extensive experience of chairing and facilitating groups.

Julie Bentley MBA

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Julie joined fpa as Chief Executive in January 2008, having spent the previous four years as CEO of the personal safety charity, Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Prior to this Julie was Director of Corporate Development at the substance misuse charity ARP, with responsibility for fundraising,business development, and communications.

Julie has over 15 years experience in the voluntary sector working across a range of issues including youth work, substance misuse, sexual health and homelessness. 

Julie started her career with the Essex Youth Service, where she supported young people both through informal education and in a therapeutic context by helping them with a range of emotional and lifestyle issues.

Julie is a youth worker, a qualified counselor and holds a Masters in business. She lives in London with her partner.

Ann Furedi

Ann Furedi

Ann Furedi

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Ann Furedi is chief executive of bpas (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), a not-for-profit charity that provides reproductive health care to more than 70,000 clients a year. Bpas, which has 21 clinics and 32 assessment and counseling centres, is currently responsible for more than a quarter of all abortions in England and Wales. Almost 90% of these are provided on behalf of the NHS.. Bpas provides almost two-thirds of all the nation’s procedures between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. While believing that abortion is ‘a fact of life that should be accepted’, Ann has a strong commitment to pregnancy prevention and developed the first service in the UK to provide Emergency Contraception in advance of women’s need to use it.

Ann joined bpas as chief executive in 2003 Before this , Ann’s career focused on policy, communications and advocacy in reproductive and sexual health. She has served as director of policy and communications at the Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority (the UK regulators of embryo research and fertility treatment) and for a while ran the press office of the Family Planning Association. Throughout the 90’s she was director of the charity, Birth Control Trust, drawing on her former experience as a journalist, to write extensively on issues relating to unplanned pregnancy and to advocate the need for research and development in pregnancy prevention.

Mike Adler CBE

Mike Adler CBE

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Professor of Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Free and University Medical School and was seconded to the Department of Health until 2001 to take a lead on the development of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy. He is an advisor to the All Party Group on AIDS, and the Health Select Committee. Has also served as a Trustee and Chairman of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), Clinical Director of HIV/AIDS/GUM and Drugs Services for both Bloomsbury and the Camden Community Health Services. He has been a non-executive director of the Health Development Agency since 1999.

Helen Ward

Helen Ward

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Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public Health and Honorary Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine at Imperial College London. She has taken up a part-time secondment as consultant epidemiologist at the Centre for Infections, Health Promotion Agency. Her remit at the HPA includes chairing the UK HIV Prevention Liaison Committee, and leading on the monitoring of waiting times in GU clinics, the provision of surveillance data to better meet local needs, and national support for outbreak response. Helen has extensive experience in public health, research and clinical service provision in the field of sexual health, and has developed innovative health promotion and clinical services for female sex workers and other hard to reach groups. She has published extensively, and is currently editor of the medical journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

William Ford Young

William Ford Young

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A full time ''grass roots'' GP for 13 years during which time his interest in sexual health and HIV has been developed by work in GUM clinics. Is currently the sexual health lead for Eastern Cheshire PCT, the lead for sexual health for Royal College of GPs Task Group for Sex, Drugs and HIV. He is also the Royal College of GPs representative for the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases 'STIF' (Sexually transmitted Infection Foundation Course) Steering Committee. He is also the GP member of the Chlamydia Screening Steering Group at Department of Health and GP member of the PHLS Advisory Committee on STDs.

Connie Smith

Connie Smith

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Currently a Co- Director of Westside Contraceptive Services, Westminster PCT. She is also Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the fpa. Was Co-Chair of the Sexual Health Services Working Group and a member of the Sexual Health Strategy Steering Group which helped to development of the Strategy. She is an adviser to the Medicines Control Agency and the Committee on Safety on Medicines on contraception issues. Is formerly the Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit for the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Patrick French

Patrick French

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Currently a Consultant in Genito-Urinary Medicine at Camden PCT, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal Free & University College Medical School and Honorary Consultant Physician at the Whittington and UCLH Trusts. Was involved in the development of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy as a member of the Steering Group. Also took responsibility for developing the Strategy's approach to strengthening and modernising sexual health treatment and care services.

George Kinghorn

George Kinghorn

George Kinghorn

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Professor George Kinghorn has been a Consultant in Gentio-Urinary Medicine, Clinical Director for Communicable Diseases and a full time lead for clinical teaching and research in Sheffield since 1979. Is involved in a variety of local, regional and national initiatives including being the immediate past President of the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases (MSSVD). Was the main author of the GU medicine response to the consultation on the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.

Kathy French

Kathy French

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Currently a part time sexual health advisor at the Royal College of Nursing. Working on a distance learning package for nurses that has been commissioned by the Department of Health. Previous position was Clinical Nurse Manager for Contraception and Termination of Pregnancy Services at Kings Healthcare in London and Clinical Nurse Specialist in contraception. Is undertaking a PHD in teenage pregnancy and the invisibility of young males. She continues to do clinical locum work to maintain clinical skills and knowledge.

Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson

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Heather has been working in sexual health for 20 years. Currently senior health adviser at Barnet Hospital. She is past president of the Society of Sexual Health Advisers (SSHA). She was one of the editors and authors of The Manual for Sexual Health Advisers. On the education committee for SSHA, she is involved in developing and implementing national training in risk reduction, and has extensive experience of public speaking and training. Heather has an ongoing interest in professional development and ethics, is working with the UK Public Health Register on professional registration and regulation and has contributed to BASHH guidelines, and advisory committees for MEDFASH. 

Kate Guthrie

Kate Guthrie

Kate Guthrie

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Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Director of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Partnership for Hull and East Yorkshire, the Partnership hosted by NHS Hull (the provider arm destined to become a Community Interest Company). It is a registered training centre for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr Guthrie is the lead for abortion services in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and undertakes Family Planning and Community Clinics as well as management duties for the Partnership. She is a vice-president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and in her time as Officer there has predominantly been involved in postgraduate education, specifically subspecialty training with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has participated in many national consultations and events in the reproductive health aspects of sexual health service design and delivery and abortion care.

Stephen Slack

Stephen Slack

Stephen Slack

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Currently the Director of the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Sheffield. For more than ten years Stephen Slack worked within the area of sexual health for the Social Services Department in Sheffield, initially as a specialist social worker for people with HIV before taking the role of Team Manager for the HIV Social Work Team and Lead Officer for Sexual Health. He has contributed to writing a local sexual health policy, based on the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy, which is being implemented. Stephen has also been involved in regional HIV training. Latterly he has been appointed to the post of Director at The Centre for HIV and Sexual Health in Sheffield. Stephen's previous background as a child protection and mental health social worker continues to inform his work in sexual health.

Christopher Woolls

Christopher Woolls

Christopher Woolls

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Is currently the Director of  The Cara Trust, formerly Director of Staffordshire Buddies. Worked in partnership with key local stakeholders, including people living with HIV, to formulate responses to the Sexual Health Strategy. Was previously Health Promotion Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust South. Has extensive knowledge and understanding of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Nicholas Partridge

Nicholas Partridge

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Nick Partridge is currently Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust and has worked in the HIV/AIDS field since 1985. He has overseen the development, implementation and monitoring of HIV and STI prevention programmes, as well as the creation and delivery of a wide range of social care and advice services for people living with HIV. He was a member of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy Steering Group and is a member of the Commission for Health Improvement.

Elisabeth Crafer

Elisabeth Crafer

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Chief Executive of Positively Women, a London based national organisation providing peer support to women living with HIV. Was a member of the Sexual Health Strategy Steering Group and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Social Care group. Is also chair of the pan-London HIV Providers Consortium with 48 member organisations. Has also provided evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS, providing parliamentarians with evidence on issues affecting women and children.

Titise Kode

Titise Kode

Titise Kode (ex-officio)

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Titise Kode is the Chief Executive Officer of the African HIV Policy Network and is responsible for developing the organisation’s five-year strategy as well ensuring that the organisation is relevant to the African community in the UK; articulating their needs and interests in relation to HIV. Prior to joining AHPN in November 2008, Titise was the Advisor to Mrs Graça Machel, in her capacity as Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). Titise has worked as an independent consultant and has undertaken research and evaluations focused on orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa, community care and support programmes and work addressing women’s rights particularly violence against women.

In addition, Titise has over 10 years grant making experience, having worked as International Grants Manager at Comic Relief and for Children’s Promise in the United Kingdom as well the Southern Africa Trust, based in South Africa. Titise’s voluntary positions have included trusteeship of South African Development Agency, Grant-makers Affinity Group as well as AFFORD.

Professor Noel Gill

Professor Noel Gill

Professor Noel Gill (ex-officio)

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Noel, who has been engaged with national HIV and STI surveillance for over 20 years, is head of the Microbiology and Epidemiology of STIs and HIV (MESH) department at the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) Centre for Infections, chair of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme's Project Board, public health expert lead for the HPA's sexual health programme, and an ex-officio member of the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.  The MESH department conducts national surveillance and prevention monitoring for STI's and HIV for England, and hosts both the national team supporting chlamydia screening and the HPA's office for sexual health promotion.  It also assists with the monitoring and evaluation of the human papilloma virus vaccination programme, and co-ordinates large-scale anonymous serosurveys of newborn infants, genitourinary medicine clinic attendees, and injection drug users.  He and his colleagues are committed to continuously improving the quality and use of information on STIs and HIV in support of prevention and service commissioning.

Simon Blake

Simon Blake

Simon Blake

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Simon Blake is Chief Executive of Brook, the leading voluntary sector provider of integrated sexual health services for young people across the UK.   Through a Network of Centres, Brook provides clinical services, education and outreach in 50 locations.  In 2005/6 Brook reached over 200,000 young people and an additional 840,000 young people via the website.  Brook provides support to professionals through publications, training, consultancy, conferences and exchange, a subscription membership scheme for professionals. (www.brook.org).

Simon has written on all aspects of personal, social and health education, particularly teaching and learning about sex and relationships.  Simon is a member of the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group and was previously Director of the Sex Education Forum, the leading authority on sex and relationships education.

Deborah Jack

Deborah Jack

Deborah Jack

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Deborah Jack is Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust. She held senior marketing positions in the public and commercial sectors – including three years as Marketing Director of St Mary’s NHS Trust - before joining the voluntary sector in early 1993.Before joining NAT as Chief Executive in December 2003, Deborah worked at Brook – the sexual health charity for young people – as Head of Policy & Campaigns and Deputy Chief Executive.Deborah has a particular interest in health inequalities and human rights issues.

Ruth Lowbury

Ruth Lowbury

Ruth Lowbury

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Executive Director of the Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MedFASH), Ruth has spent most of her career involved in different aspects of sexual health.  She has led a number of major national projects at MedFASH and previously managed the Health Education Authority’s Sexual Health and HIV Programme.  Ruth was a member of two working groups which helped to develop the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy and is currently also a member of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Expert Advisory Group on AIDS, Chair of the Sex Education Forum and a trustee of Brook London.

Hong Tan

Hong Tan

Hong Tan

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Hong Tan is London's first Sexual Health Programme Director working on behalf of all 31 Primary Care Trusts. He leads London's strategic planning of Sexual Health services and chairs the commissioning group for London HIV Prevention Programmes and the London Sexual Health Commissioning Network. He led development of the London Sexual Health Promotion Framework and London Contraception Plan.

Hong is passionate about Sexual Health and has over 15 years experience in commissioning of health and social care in health, local authority and voluntary sector. This includes being lead commissioner for the London HIV consortium where he co-ordinated the development of London's HIV strategy and Patient and Public Health strategy for specialised services.

Christine Owen

Christine Owen

Christine Owen

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Christine Owen is currently Assistant Director of Health Improvement for NHS Northwest.   One of her priority areas for health improvement and reduction in health inequalities is sexual health.  Christine is also currently a member of the DH National Programme Board for Sexual Health.  She is the former sexual health lead for the old Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority and prior to that worked as a commissioner in a PCT where sexual health was also one of her topic areas.   She helped to establish a Sexual Health Network for Cheshire and Merseyside.  She is a strong advocate for improving health and health services through networks and is proud of the fact that the North West now has three active Sexual Health Networks. Christine is both management and public health trained.

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