Meet the trustees

Maria Phelan, Chair of Trustees, Harm Reduction International

Maria joined Harm Reduction International in 2010 as a networking and advocacy officer, primarily coordinating the European Harm Reduction Network and working to raise the profile of harm reduction through lobbying and advocacy activities. More recently she took the role of Senior Health Advocate and lead on HRI’s health related advocacy and policy work stream with particular emphasis on the EU and UK. Maria is also the lead on partnership development within HIV and broader health sectors. She holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University if London. Prior to working at Harm Reduction International, she worked for the National Children’s Bureau coordinating the Children and Young People’s HIV Network and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Phil Robinson, Treasurer, ActionAid UK

Phil is currently Head of Finance at ActionAid UK. Phil is a chartered accountant with 12 years post qualification experience, four of which were as an audit manager in KPMG. He has previously worked for VSO as the Geographical finance manager for Africa & LAC,  as well as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, where he gained hands on experience of working as part of a PR with Global Fund funding, and presently a. In 2007 he obtained a Masters in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, where his thesis was about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Guatemala.

Georgia Burford, One to One Children’s Fund

Georgia is currently the Executive Director of One to One Children’s Fund. She is responsible for leading and managing One to One Children’s Fund, using all available resources to achieve maximum impact across the programme areas, in line with the charity’s strategy and vision. Georgia joined One to One Children’s Fund from CAFOD, an International NGO working globally to address inequalities with most vulnerable and marginalised communities. Georgia was HIV Strategy Manager at CAFOD.  Her career in International Development started as a VSO volunteer in Malawi (Ministry of Education) and Gambia (Education for All Campaign Network) working on programming and policy in Education and has also worked at Plan UK on Education and Climate Change.

Aaron Oxley, RESULTS UK

Aaron has been working in International Development for over a decade, primarily in microfinance, building organizations in the developing world to provide the poor with access to financial services including savings, loans and, most recently, microinsurance products including health and weather indexed crop microinsurance. Originally starting as a volunteer, he has been working with RESULTS for the last 10 years, and In 2005 joined the Board and in 2009 was appointed Executive Director. We work to empower ordinary people to learn about International Development issues and to become politically active, using their voices as citizens through lobbying and the media to create the public and political will to bring about the end of poverty. One of the main issues we work on is tuberculosis, and of particular relevance to STOPAIDS is our work on TB-HIV co-infection.

Luisa Orza, Athena Network

Luisa is as an independent consultant and currently Programme Coordinator at ATHENA Network, a US-based virtual network of individuals and organizations working to advance women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights, and gender equality in the context of HIV. She has been working in the field of SRHR and HIV for 10 years, since completing a Masters in Gender and Development with Distinction from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University in 2002. From 2004 she worked for 5 years as M&E Officer at the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (ICW). She is co-author of Positive Women Monitoring Change, a participatory tool for measuring human rights advances for women living with HIV in the areas of access to care, treatment and support, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and violence against women. Since 2008, Luisa has worked independently on a range of projects and processes to advance women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of HIV.

Sarah Kennedy, S.A.F.E Kenya

From 2012-2015, Sarah was UK Director of S.A.F.E., an NGO that specialises in promoting HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health to communities and young people across Kenya. Using street theatre, community programmes and media, S.A.F.E. have communicated sexual health education messages to promote positive behaviour change. Their creative and innovative approach has had significant impact in encouraging safer sexual behaviours. She remains a voluntary activist for the charity and the main point of contact in the UK. In early 2015, Sarah joined the Institute for Strategic Dialogue as Head of Operations. In her spare time, Sarah is a trustee for Sexpression:UK and part of the Executive Committee for the Labour Campaign for International Development.

Rebekah Webb, AVAC

Rebekah has worked in international development since 1996 after graduating with a Masters in International Relations. Between 1997 and 2000 she worked for a conflict resolution NGO in New York, where she became a supporter of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She then studied for a Masters in Gender and Development at the Institute for Development Studies, which led into work at the National AIDS Trust and then the Global Campaign for Microbicides. In 2009 she returned to the UK as a freelance consultant specialising in advocacy and resource mobilisation in the areas of HIV and SRHR.

James Cole, Youth STOPAIDS

James is a fourth year Politics student at the University of Sussex, having recently completed an exchange year through Erasmus at The University of Amsterdam. James is also the returning President of the University of Sussex Youth Stop AIDS having  held the role in 2013-2014. As President James led campaigns and actively lobbied politicians on issues such as opposing EU led Free Trade Agreements, securing funding for the HIV/AIDS epidemic and promoting the Missing Medicines campaign.

Mark Stroud, UK CAB

Mark is a certified coach and works part-time for Terrence Higgins Trust as a health promotion specialist. This includes training, group work and individual health coaching. Mark holds a PG Diploma in Health Promotion and a BSc in International Development.  Mark is also a Director of the Frome Community Interest Company, a local grant giving organisation.

Kathleen Charters, UK CAB

Kathleen is a long standing HIV activist (of 25 years) and community representative on a number of HIV organisations at local, national and international level. Most recently Kathleen has been involved as a peer reviewer for WHO on their HTC guidelines and for NHIVA on the BHIVA psychological guideline audit. She is also a member of Sophia Forum and UK CAB.

Jane Lennon, CAFOD

Jane is currently HIV Advisor at CAFOD.  Prior to this Jane was CAFOD’s HIV Knowledge Management Coordinator: leading on HIV related programme learning, internal and external communications, and staff induction and training. Before working at CAFOD Jane was at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance working with the policy team. Jane has been engaged with STOP AIDS in all her roles and has been member of various Working Groups, including holding the role of co-chair of the Gender working group.

Rachel Albone, HelpAge International 

Rachel Albone is Health and Care Policy Adviser for HelpAge International. Her background is in the HIV sector, in which she has held various different roles: in the Global AIDS Policy Team at DFID during the development and launch of the first UK Government Strategy to tackle AIDS in the developing world; as a freelance consultant, based in Ethiopia, undertaking projects with UNAIDS, DFID, the Dutch government and various international NGOs; and with HelpAge as HIV Policy Advisor.