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.
Sophie McHale, Youth Stop AIDS
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.
Kathleen Charters, Sophia Forum and 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.
Anton Ofield-Kerr, Equal International
Anton is managing director and founder of Equal International, Anton has over 25 years’ experience in public health and international development. Starting work as a professional general, community, psychiatric nurse and midwife in southern Africa, Anton later moved on to become the Head of Policy for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Anton has worked with a wide range of organisations in the global south and internationally, including UN agencies and key donor governments.
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.
Charlie Gamble, TackleAfrica
Charlie is CEO of TackleAfrica, an NGO which uses football to deliver sexual health education to young people on football pitches across Africa. With a career that has included Comic Relief and Street League and election to the Network Board of streetfootballworld in 2010, Charlie has an Honours Degree from the University of Leeds and is a committed advocate for the positive influence of creative, non-traditional education. Charlie has fifteen years’ experience working in the development sector, predominately focused on supporting young people.