Professor Gazzard (Chair)
Qualified at Cambridge University in 1970 and became an MD from the same institution in 1982. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1983. He became a consultant at St Stephen’s and Westminster Hospitals (now combined as Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) in 1978. He saw his first AIDS patient in 1979 and in 1991 founded St Stephen's AIDS Trust with other consultant colleagues. He is the founding Chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), chaired the BHIVA Executive from 1995-2004, and is also the chairman of the Expert Advisory Group providing advice on matters relating to HIV to the Chief Medical Officer. Brian Gazzard was awarded the Department of Health prize for distinguished achievement in 2002. He was awarded a CBE for services in healthcare in 2011.
Dr Simon Barton
A Consultant Physician in HIV/Genitourinary Medicine and Clinical Director of HIV and Sexual Health Directorate at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK. He is an adjunct Professor in Medicine at Imperial College, London, UK. He is the Clinical Advisor on Sexual Health for the London Sexual Health Programme, and was President of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) from 2006–2008. He is actively involved in educational and training issues in sexual health, being the UK representative to the European Union of Medical Specialists. He has been appointed as the Chair of the HIV Clinical Reference Group since 2012 and leads the HIV specialist advice to National Commissioning Board. He is Vice Chair of the Blood and Cancer Programme of Care Board in NHS England.
Professor Mark Bower
Specialises in the treatment of AIDS related malignancies. He has developed one of the largest centres for the management of these tumours in Europe, receiving referrals from throughout the UK and is a key opinion leader. His clinical research covers the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis and management of HIV- associated cancers. He has a laboratory programme studying the immunopathology of these tumours in collaboration with a number of basic scientists. He lectures globally and has given plenary lectures in the US, Europe, India and China.
Worked in the healthcare, local government and pharmaceutical sectors for 30 years. Paul began his career as a researcher and then held a number of NHS management posts before working on a wide range of UK and international management consultancy assignments at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After moving to Roche Pharmaceuticals he led work on national reimbursement of medicines, health economics, strategic pricing, strategic funding and capacity and market access. Paul is currently Value & Access Director at the ABPI and works on the evaluation of medicines, pricing & reimbursement, health technology assessment and specialised commissioning.
John's career has been spent as a management consultant. In particular, he specialised in large complex business transformation work and was a Partner in Price Waterhouse Cooper and IBM. He is currently leading a new management consultancy for a law firm, and in addition undertakes pro bono consultancy work for charities.
He was for many years a Trustee with Scope and has been a non-executive Director at West Kent Community Health, and is currently a Trustee of Hospice in the Weald.
Since graduating in English and American Literature from Manchester University in 1966, John’s appointments have included Adviser to Students at Chelsea School of Art; Assistant School Secretary at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School; Administrative Secretary at Imperial College, and Director of Administration and Clerk of the University Council at the University of London from which he retired in June 2004. He was awarded the OBE in the Birthday Honours 2004 for Services to Higher Education. He has served as a Governor of Charterhouse School and Wimbledon High School and is a Governor (Chairman from 2005-14) of More House School. He became a Trustee of SSAT in 2003 and was appointed Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee in 2014.
Since becoming a freelance research consultant, Wendy has worked with research Directors and Managers to support the delivery of their strategic agendas. Working with the Health Research Authority Wendy is at the forefront of the changes to the way research is managed. Wendy’s career stems from a nursing background via undertaking her own research in print disability, managing EU research grants and research for SE London SHA during the implementation of the Research Governance Framework. Providing people with support and advice through training and consultancy is the main driver of Wendy Fisher Consulting Ltd
Professor Frances Gotch
Professor Frances Gotch has been a research immunologist all her working life. Her interest is cellular immune responses, particularly to viral pathogens. Since 1985 she has worked on responses to HIV and in 1996 she moved to the Department of Immunology on the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus in order to collaborate closely with the clinicians on site who run the largest HIV clinic in Europe. She has set up two other laboratories – the IAVI human immunology laboratory in London, and a cellular immunology laboratory in Entebbe, Uganda.
Current research areas appertain to HIV specific immune responses which should be induced by therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines for HIV. Thus she directs research concerning immune responses in HIV infected persons who control viremia without drugs (long term non-progressors), people who progress rapidly to disease, people treated with different chemo- and immuno-therapy, and people who have recently become infected. She is also working with cohorts of people who have been exposed to HIV but have not become infected. Her future plans concern the evaluation of suitable vaccine candidates.
Dr David Hawkins
Qualified at University College Hospital in 1977 and trained in general and genitourinary medicine. From 1982-1986 he was a Medical Research Council Clinical Scientist in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases at the Clinical Research Centre in Harrow and Honorary Senior Registrar at St. Mary’s. He became a Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine Chelsea and Westminster in 1986. He has been a member of a number of Department of Health advisory committees, including the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA) from 1994-2004.
Dr Rachael Jones
Graduated from University College Medical School in 1999 and appointed Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust in 2007, becoming clinic lead at the West London Centre for Sexual Health soon after. Rachael’s major interests are the medical complications of HIV infection, particularly renal disease. In the field of sexual health, Rachael has developed multiple outreach projects designed to target more vulnerable individuals e.g. young people, in order to reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed sexually transmitted infection and unwanted pregnancies.
Dr Anton Pozniak
Qualified in 1979 at University of Bristol. He started caring for patients with HIV in 1983 at the Middlesex Hospital, then worked in Zimbabwe until 1991. He ran the HIV research unit at King’s College, London before moving to his current position as Consultant Physician/Senior Lecturer at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1998. He is a life member of the British HIV Association and chairs the TB/HIV guidelines committee. He is a DSMB member for the MRC PENTA and Arrow and ACT consortium trials and an executive member of the European AIDS Clinical Society and Governing Council of the IAS. He is Vice Chair of the European AIDS trial network NEAT. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board and executive committee of the Charities LEPRA and the St Stephens AIDS Trust.
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