Shaun Mellors, Chair, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Shaun Mellors is the Director – Knowledge and Influence at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Shaun has served in various governance capacities including the Global Fund where he was the Board Member for the Communities living with HIV, TB and affected by Malaria Delegation. Shaun is currently serving on the Board of the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT) and on the Programme Advisory Group of Capital for Good. Shaun is living with HIV and was one of the first people in South Africa to go public about his HIV status in the 80’s.
Maria O’Brien, Treasurer, Camara Education Limited
Maria O’Brien is a fully qualified accountant, ACCA. After graduating with a B.Comm Honours from University College Dublin, she completed a Masters of Accounting in Michael Smurfit Business School. She has held various positions in the banking and financial services sector before moving into international development. She has held positions with Concern Worldwide and VSO. She has spent time working in Asia and Africa. She currently is the Finance Director for Camara Education Limited.
Sarah Hand, AVERT
Sarah has worked extensively across the HIV sector since the early 1990s, initially in the UK as a HIV specialist Nurse and Midwife and then internationally in countries including Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique and the Eastern Caribbean. In 2014 Sarah joined AVERT as their Chief Executive Officer where she has supported the development of their new strategic framework and overseen an increase in their work and impact. Sarah is passionate about the role STOPAIDS plays in ensuring that HIV remains within the policy, political, donor decision making consciousness and the power of the collective voice brought through STOPAIDS members.
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.
Sophie McHale, Youth STOPAIDS
Sophie is a recent graduate from the University of Manchester where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She got involved with Youth Stop AIDS in 2015 after returning from an International Citizen Service placement in South Africa where she primarily worked around prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Since then she has been inclusion officer for Youth Stop AIDS at the University of Manchester and has been involved with their Missing Medicines and It Ain’t Over campaigns. She hopes to progress into a career in International Development.
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.
Jacqui Stevenson, ATHENA Network
Jacqui Stevenson is a gender and human rights expert and qualitative researcher with interest in feminist, participatory and creative research, who works to strengthen the meaningful engagement of women in all of their diversity in decision making that affects their lives, and to advance SRHR and HIV integration. Jacqui has worked in research, advocacy and community engagement in the HIV sector since 2009. She works as Lead: Research and Analysis for the ATHENA Network, an international organisation promoting gender equity in the global HIV response. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Greenwich.