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 the STOPAIDS strategic plan and represent STOPAIDS externally in the UK and internationally. I am a steering committee member of Action For Global Health UKGlobal Fund Advocates Network. I am a co-founding steering group member of the Digital Health Rights Advisory Group and a co-lead (alongside GFAN and WACI health) of the ACT-A Platform for Civil Society and Community Representatives. I am a board director of WACI Health 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.


Nabila Saddiq Tayub, Development and Network Manager (Maternity Cover)

I joined STOPAIDS in 2021 and work on organisational development with a particular interest in M&E and Impact as well as financial management, fundraising and engaging with our members. I have 15 years of experience working in HIV/AIDS: with Medecins sans Frontieres on decentralising care in Malawi’s biggest HIV/AIDS project and as pro bono Strategic Director of a women’s and girls HIV/AIDS support group network. I’ve also worked in Health Systems Strengthening and improving quality of care in rural clinics with Doctors Worldwide and helped set up Malawi’s first Covid-19 treatment centre and homecare programme as Outpatient Director. I’m a trustee of the Islamic Health Association of Malawi and founding chair and trustee of the charity Road to Relief. I have an MPhil in Social & Political Science from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


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.


Tabitha Ha, Strategic Adviser 

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!


James Cole, Senior Advocacy Advisor

I joined STOPAIDS in February 2019 after two years working at Restless Development where I ran the Youth Stop AIDS campaign. As the Senior Advocacy Advisor, I lead our work on the Global Fund replenishment; and work on the role of the private sector in global health.



Courtenay Howe, Platform Coordinator (Platform for ACT-A Civil Society and Community Representatives)/ Senior Advocacy Advisor (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.



Olivia Compton, Communications and Community Engagement Officer 

I joined STOPAIDS in December 2020 after working for a charity that campaigns to end female genital mutilation (FGM/C). Prior to this, I completed an MA in Development Studies at IDS, Sussex University.



Molly Thompson, NGO Delegation Liaison Officer (Unitaid Board)/ Advocacy Officer (STOPAIDS)

I joined STOPAIDS in October 2021 as the NGO Delegation liaison officer for UNITAID / Advocacy Officer (STOPAIDS). Prior to starting in this role, I worked for an NGO based in Malta focusing on migration issues worldwide and had a years’ experience studying Midwifery which cemented my passion for women’s health. I studied Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the University of Exeter.
Amina Babirye, Advocacy Officer

I joined STOPAIDS in October 2021 as Advocacy Officer. 
Prior to this role, I have worked in public health as a Programme coordinator. I have founded a non-profit organisation based on educating African youth about the wider determinates of health. I have also served as an advisor/secretary to a health committee in the Ugandan Parliament. Alongside my work with STOPAIDS, I serve as a youth mentor, a public speaker, and a health writer. I am deeply passionate about promoting wellbeing and eradicating health inequalities in the UK and globally.


Jake Atkinson, Campaigns and Media Officer

I joined STOPAIDS in November 2021. I work with the team across our impact areas in designing and running campaigns, and securing media coverage. My background is in grassroots political campaigning and most recently I have worked in the charity sector campaigning to end child food poverty. I hold an MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security from Queen’s University Belfast.
Molly Pugh-Jones, COVID-19 Advocacy Officer
I joined STOPAIDS as Covid-19 Advocacy Officer in February 2022. I work with colleagues to ensure equitable and affordable access to health treatments and technologies. I am also studying for an MSc in Global Health and Development at UCL and I previously campaigned with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and Youth Stop AIDS. I am passionate about health equity and interested in the intersections between health, economics and politics.
Katie Husselby, Action for Global Health Manager

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

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

I have facilitated a range of grassroots organising projects, and I am 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’.


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.


Zuhra Rezaii, Admin Assistant Intern

I joined STOPAIDS as an Admin Assistant Intern in February 2022. I support the team with office coordination and HR and finance administration. I studied Computer Science in Afghanistan.