Mike Podmore, Director

I joined STOPAIDS as Director in July 2015. I lead the STOPAIDS staff team and partner STOPAIDS Trustees in the delivery of our strategic plan. I represent STOPAIDS externally in the UK and internationally. I am a steering committee member of Action For Global Health UK, Global Fund Advocates Network, Civil Society Sustainability Network; and of Stamp Out Poverty. I am also a delegation member of the Developed Country NGO Delegation on the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.



Siomha Cunniffe, Development and Network Manager

I joined STOPAIDS in July 2015. I partner the Director in the development and growth of the organisation, and lead on membership engagement. I also lead our work on the role of the private sector in global health and innovative financing in public health.


Tabitha Ha, Strategic Adviser 

Hi there! I’m the Adviser to the Global Fund’s Strategy Committee Leadership, working closely with the Chair and Vice-Chair during this term; a term that will cover the mammoth journey of the Global Fund’s strategy development process and other key strategic policies. I also work on STOPAIDS’ advocacy around emerging digital technologies and their impact on health and human rights.

My background is in national and global health advocacy and campaigns, especially access to health technologies. I was previously at Oxfam, working with civil society organisations globally on access to medicines and innovation. I also previously worked at Restless Development, initially as part of the global policy team and later as the Youth Stop AIDS Coordinator.



Farisai Sifelani, Senior Finance Officer

I joined STOPAIDS as Senior Finance Officer in June 2020. My role is to provide support to the STOPAIDS team on financial matters. I am a Chartered Corporate Secretary. I studied at the University of Zimbabwe to obtain an MBA in Financial Services. I previously worked at Graca Machel Trust in South Africa. I am enjoying working exclusively for charities!


Courtenay Howe, NGO Delegation Liaison Officer (Unitaid Board)/ Advocacy Officer (STOPAIDS)

I joined STOPAIDS in November 2018. I coordinate the NGO Delegation to the Board of UNITAID. UNITAID is an international funder for HIV, TB and Malaria based in Geneva. It funds innovate solutions to access to medicines and diagnostics challenges in the three diseases. Before joining STOPAIDS I worked for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and worked full-time as a yoga instructor.



Katie Husselby, Action for Global Health Coordinator

I joined STOPAIDS in April 2019 as the Coordinator of the Action for Global Health Network. I previously worked at the Coalition for Global Prosperity and with grassroots organisations in Uganda. I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.



Melanie Scagliarini, Action for Global Health Advocacy Officer

Melanie has managed campaigns for Amnesty International, ActionAid UK and International Planned Parenthood (IPPF), where she led a global SRHR advocacy project to build momentum for the right to abortion.

Melanie has facilitated a range of grassroots organising projects, and is an advocate for mental health – speaking at a range of events and hosting a series of wellness and mental health workshops for those living with mental health conditions.


Melissa Jones, Action for Global Health Communications and Campaigns Officer

I joined the STOPAIDS team in January 2021 to develop and implement the digital campaigns and communications strategies for the Action for Global Health Network. Prior to joining the team, I worked at Manchester Metropolitan University as an International Recruitment and Marketing Officer. I developed and managed digital campaigns across 10 different markets within South East Asia, East Asia and Africa. 

I am hugely passionate about the charity sector having championed those with hearing loss at The Royal National Institute for Deaf People as well as the elderly at The Oddfellows Friendly Society where I set up and ran the marketing function for their financial brand, ‘Unity Mutual’.  


Tafadzwa Kadye, Students for Global Health Coordinator

I joined STOPAIDS in September 2020 as coordinator of Students for Global Health. Before joining as coordinator, I studied Global Health and Development at UCL before going onto work in a local authority assisting their research work. I have also worked with small grassroots organisations.


James Cole, Advocacy Officer

I joined STOPAIDS in February 2019 after two years working at Restless Development where I ran the Youth Stop AIDS campaign. Prior to this, I led a Youth Stop AIDS group and the University of Sussex and served as Young Trustee of STOPAIDS.

In my role I lead our advocacy efforts on international access to medicines and sustainability & transitions.



Olivia Compton, Team Coordinator and PA

I joined STOPAIDS in December 2020 after working for 1 year at an anti-FGM charity. Prior to this, I completed an MA in Development Studies, at the Institute of Development Studies. My role is to lead on the communications, provide general support to the team and assist with fundraising efforts.



Saoirse Fitzpatrick, Advocacy Manager

I joined STOPAIDS in June 2015 after two years running Youth Stop AIDS. I now lead our advocacy efforts to improve access to medicines for all, which includes chairing the Missing Medicines campaign and being on the coordinating committee for the EU Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicine. I am passionate about systemic solutions to systemic injustices and have an MA in Postcolonial theory and global policy from Goldsmiths College, University of London.


Gjori Langeland, Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer

I joined STOPAIDS in December 2020 as the Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer for Action for Global Health. I’ve worked for many years in development and leadership roles, in Civil Society organisations in the UK, mainly within the field of Violence Against Women and Girls. In this role, I partner the AfGH and STOPAIDS teams in supporting the sustainability of the AfGH network.