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Executive Committee

Officers

Professor Chloe Orkin - Chair
Professor Chloe Orkin is Chair of the British HIV Association and Consultant Physician at the Royal London Hospital where her clinical duties include running a busy HIV and HIV/ HCV research unit. Her specialist interests are: Anti-retroviral therapy, hepatitis and oncology. She has 90 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored four British HIV Association guidelines on: Anti-retroviral therapy, Hepatitis, Malignancy and Routine Monitoring. Professor Orkin is the External Examiner to the Diploma in HIV Medicine. She is actively researching ways of implementing HIV and blood-borne virus testing. She was elected as BHIVA Chair in 2016 for a 3-year term.

Professor Clifford Leen - Vice Chair
Professor Clifford Leen is a consultant physician in Infectious Diseases and HIV at the Western General Hospital Edinburgh. He now leads a research unit involved in international and national studies on the treatment of HIV and hepatitis C and was the Secretary of the BHIVA Hepatitis Working Group Executive Panel. He is a member of the BHIVA and Scottish HIV Advisory Group (SHIVAG) executive committees, and has been on the BHIVA Treatment Guidelines Writing Committee since 2003. He is Training Programme Director for Infectious Diseases in Scotland. He chaired the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee from 2008 to 2011, and has been a member of the management group of Edinburgh University’s Centre for Infectious Diseases since 2008. He was elected as BHIVA Vice Chair in 2016 for a 3-year term.

Dr Laura Waters - Honorary Secretary
Dr Laura Waters is a consultant at the Mortimer Market Centre where she is inpatient and hepatitis lead. She is vice-chair of the ART guidelines committee and on the conference subcommittee as BASHH HIV SIG chair. She contributes to the inpatients course and other ad hoc activities and would relish more involvement. Dr Waters is Chair of the BHIVA Conferences Subcommittee. Dr Waters was elected as BHIVA Honorary Secretary in 2018 for a 3-year term.

Dr Duncan Churchill - Honorary Treasurer
Dr Duncan Churchill has been a Consultant in GU/HIV Medicine at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton since 1999, and Lead Consultant for over 7 years. He trained at Oxford, The Middlesex Hospital, and at St. Mary’s. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the British HIV Association from 1996–2004, and chaired the BHIVA treatment guidelines writing group and was Chair of the BHIVA Guidelines Subcommittee from 2013–2016. Dr Churchill served as Honorary Treasurer from 2014–17 and was elected as BHIVA Honorary Treasurer in 2017 for a further 3-year term.




Executive members

Dr Fiona Burns
Dr Fiona Burns is HIV Clinical Lead at the Royal Free Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at UCL. Her research aims to improve access to (and retention in) care and address social inequalities, especially in migrant communities. She sits on the BHIVA Audit and Standards Subcommittee, helped to write the BHIVA malignancy guidelines, and help organise the BASHH HIV Masterclass (for past 3 years). Sexual health and HIV services are experiencing unprecedented demands and BHIVA, as our national organisation, needs to provide strong advocacy to ensure we can continue to provide outstanding holistic care, something which she feels she can contribute to. She was elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2016–2019.

Dr Mas Chaponda
Dr Mas Chaponda is an HIV physician in both the Infectious Diseases and GUM departments at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. In addition, his role on Cheshire and Merseyside HIV network and the HIV Clinical Reference Group interacts with commissioners of HIV services. His aim is to involve new consultants and registrars in streamlining HIV services and to improve their education as well as to engage with community-based partners. He was elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2016–2019.

Dr Yvonne Gilleece
Dr Yvonne Gilleece is a Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. She has a special interest in HIV and Women and is Steering Group Lead for SWIFT. She is the Lead for HIV in Fertility, Conception and Pregnancy and also specialises in HIV and Hepatology in Brighton. She is Chair of the BHIVA guidelines on the management of HIV infection in pregnant women and the update of the BHIVA/BASHH sexual and reproductive health guidelines. Dr Gilleece regularly publishes clinical research and presents nationally and internationally. She was elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2016–2019 and is Vice Chair of the BHIVA Guidelines Subcommittee.

Dr Nadi Gupta
Dr Gupta has been a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV since 2012 having completed her training at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She is currently the Clinical Lead of the Integrated Sexual Health and HIV service at Rotherham Hospital and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer (University of Sheffield). Her interests include service integration, medical education, and hormonal contraception in HIV positive women. Dr Gupta has been elected to serve as a Trustee member of the Executive Committee from 2017–2019. She sits on the BHIVA Guidelines Subcommittee.

Dr Ranjababu Kulasegaram
Dr Ranjababu Kulasegaram (Babu) is a Consultant in HIV/GU Medicine at St Thomas' Hospital and leads the HIV Treatment Advice Clinic, with special interests in HIV/hepatitis, haemophilia/HIV infection, HIV/ neurocognitive function and HIV inpatient management. Babu is committed to enhancing BHIVA's educational activities through his involvement as a course director for the BHIVA General Medicine Course, his contributions as one of the leads for the Diploma in HIV Medicine Revision Course, and as a current member of the BHIVA Hepatitis Society and EHHC Programming committee. Babu is an examiner for the Diploma in HIV Medicine, a past Chair of the BHIVA Hepatitis Expert Advisory Group and has also served as Vice Chair of the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee. He was elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2016–2019.

Dr Nicola Mackie
Dr Nicola Mackie is a Consultant Physician and Head of Speciality for HIV at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Her research was in the field of HIV-1 drug resistance and she runs the weekly Virtual Clinic. She is also the Clinical Lead for the HIV Women's Service at Imperial. She is involved with writing national guidelines, examining for dipHIV and teaching for BASHH and EACS. Dr Mackie has been elected as a Trustee member of the BHIVA Executive Committee to serve from 2016–2019.

Dr Iain Reeves
Dr Iain Reeves has been a consultant in London for over 10 years and is lead clinician for HIV at the Homerton Hospital. He is also lead for the NE London and Essex HIV Clinical Network and an elected trustee of BHIVA. He has special interests in the sexual health of MSM and in mental health and is a principal investigator on a number of HIV and sexual health studies. Dr Reeves is Vice Chair of the BHIVA Conferences Subcommittee, part of the BHIVA Treatment Guidelines Writing Group and led on three sections of the recent BHIVA clinical standards. He was re-elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2018–2021.

Professor Caroline Sabin
Professor Caroline Sabin has been an active member of the BHIVA Audit and Standards Subcommittee since 2001, and of several BHIVA guideline groups. She is the principal investigator of the UK CHIC Study and provides regular training courses on the analysis/ interpretation of cohorts, with the aim of raising the profile of clinical HIV research in the UK. She was re-elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2016–2019. Professor Sabin is Chair of the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee.

Dr Steve Taylor
Dr Steve Taylor is the Lead HIV Consultant at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He has been an elected member of the BHIVA Executive committee and been a member of scientific committee for many international conferences. He sits on the Medical Advisory boards for HIV i-Base and AIDs Treatment Update, and teaches and lectures regularly to HIV-positive patient groups, as well as delivering four national courses on HIV drug resistance and pharmacology. He is Medical Director of the national HIV testing awareness charity, Saving Lives, as well as being Tri Service Consultant Advisor to HM Armed Forces and chairing the clinicians' group for the Department of Health development of the HIV outpatient tariff. He is West Midlands Media representative for BASHH and regularly appears on television and radio to comment on issues pertaining to sexual health and HIV. Dr Taylor sits on the BHIVA External Relations Subcommittee.

Dr Clare van Halsema
Dr Clare van Halsema is an infectious diseases consultant at North Manchester General Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer (education) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has worked in clinical HIV in Manchester, London, overseas and in research in South Africa. She has a particular interest in TB-HIV co-infection and is co-author of the BHIVA TB guidelines. Dr van Halsema has a strong interest in education, was previously director of Liverpool’s Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and currently runs a distance learning TB course and a diploma for international medical graduates in the NHS. She was elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2018–2021.







New Consultant Doctors' Representative

Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan
Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan is a Consultant in HIV Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and has worked in sexual health in East London for 10 years. Her clinical duties involve inpatient and outpatient HIV and she is lead for the HIV/Lymphoma and HIV/Hepatitis services. She has a specialist interest in health inequalities and working with marginalised communities, and is on the Medical Board of the charity NAZ and a honorary consultant at the Mary Seacole Centre, De Montford University. She is also Chair of the 4M Mentor Mothers steering group. She is Vice-Chair of the BHIVA External Relations Subcommittee and a member of the BHIVA Guidelines Subcommittee where she is co-author on the SRH and HIV-2 guidelines. She was elected as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2017–2020.





Editor HIV Medicine

Professor Brian Gazzard CBE
Professor Brian Gazzard is Professor of HIV Medicine and Clinical Research Director at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. His main interests are in gastrointestinal manifestations of HIV disease and in antiretroviral therapy. In 2002, in recognition of the achievements of the HIV/GUM unit at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Professor Gazzard was awarded a prize for clinical leadership at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and the 'Outstanding Achiever for Health Award'. Professor Gazzard was the Founding Chair of BHIVA. He was awarded a CBE in the Birthday Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.




Appointed Trustees

Dr David Chadwick
Dr David Chadwick is an ID Physician in Middlesbrough who has worked in HIV for 20 years, with research interests in HIV and viral hepatitis co-infection in Africa and HIV testing in the UK. He has contributed to BHIVA through immunisation guidelines and HIV-2 committees, CROI feedback sessions, UK CHIC executive committee and DipHIV question setting. Dr Chadwick is Chair of the BHIVA Audit and Standards Subcommittee for 2016–2019. He has been appointed as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2018–2019.

Dr Nick Larbalestier
Dr Nick Larbalestier qualified at Liverpool in 1989 and had been working in HIV for the past 21 years. He was appointed as a Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health in 2002 at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and has been the lead HIV clinician at this trust for the past 15 years. His interests include the care of HIV-in-patients, HIV/TB co-infection, HIV renal disease and transplantation, all aspects of HIV service delivery, the utility of IT in healthcare, reducing the rates of undiagnosed HIV, retention in care and challenging HIV stigma. He has been appointed as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2018–2019.

Ms Angelina Namiba
Ms Angelina Namiba is originally from Kenya and has been working in the HIV sector for 18 years on a range of initiatives from mentoring and treatment advocacy to managing service delivery. She has been living with HIV for over two decades and is passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV and enabling good quality of life for young people living with HIV. She has a special interest in HIV and pregnancy. She currently works as Associate Project Manager with the Salamander Trust, is a patron of the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA), and a Trustee of the National AIDS Trust (NAT) and SAFE Kenya, and is also a member of the Women's Network of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has also co-authored various articles in peer-review journals and UNAIDS reports. Ms Namiba was elected as the BHIVA Community Representative Trustee to serve from 2018–2021.

Dr Gabriel Schembri
Dr Gabriel Schembri is Consultant in GUM and HIV at the Manchester Centre for Sexual Health. He has previously been a BHIVA trustee in 2015 and since then he has chaired the BHIVA Website Working Group and led on the redesign of the BHIVA website, which was launched in 2018. He has also led on the development of both the conference and guidelines apps. He is also a member of the BHIVA External Relations Subcommittee, which has now become an integral part of BHIVA’s public profile. He has been appointed as a BHIVA trustee to serve on the Executive Committee from 2018–2019.

 




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