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Executive Committee

Current NHIVNA Committee

  Position Location
Michelle Croston Chair Manchester Metropolitan University
Shaun Watson Chair-Elect 2017 - 2019 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Gary Barker Honorary Secretary St Helen's and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
Linda Panton Honorary Treasurer Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Elizabeth Foote   Liverpool Community Health Trust
Claire Gamble   Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
Ricky Gellissen   Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
Matthew Grundy-Bowers   Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
Jacqui Hale   Homerton University Hospital, London
Laura Kwardem1 Community UK Community Advisory Board, London
John McLuskey   University of Nottingham
Andy Marshall   The Sussex Beacon, Brighton
Rachael Ng'andwe Community Leicestershire AIDS Support Services
James Stanford   The Sussex Beacon, Brighton
Matt Wills   Homerton University Hospital

Joining the NHIVNA Executive Committee

To become a member of the NHIVNA Executive Committee, you will need to be a NHIVNA member and stand for election. Elections are held each year in the spring and the results announced at the NHIVNA Annual General Meeting held at the NHIVNA Annual Conference. For details of the timetable, please contact the Secretariat at


Committee Biographies

Michelle Croston
Chair 2014 - 2017
Since beginning my nursing career, I have worked at North Manchester's Infectious Diseases Research Department. During my time on the ward, I gained lots of experience - from palliative care to treating HIV patients in a high-dependency setting. I experienced the challenges of complex patient care and witnessed the stigma associated with the condition. After undertaking health visitor training, I subsequently moved to North Manchester's HIV support team.

As part of my professional development, I am undertaking a professional doctorate, and my research focuses on how HIV nurses elicit patients concerns in order for them to provide patient centered care. Alongside the duties that I will be assigned within the Executive Committee, I hope to work on developing evidence-based strategies aimed at improving standards of care for patients, with a specific interest in developing strategies and resources to help nurses provide psychological support for PLWHIV.

Gary Barker
Honorary Secretary 2016 - 2017
I am a specialist nurse within a sexual health service and Chair of North West HIV Alliance. My role includes co-ordinating HIV service with a District General Hospital. Within my role I have been passionate about extending the scope of nursing practice within HIV care. This led to a growing interest in encouraging nurses to develop research skills, which provides an evidence base for their practice. I feel it is important to represent smaller centres, in order to highlight the challenges nurses face, who may not be employed solely as HIV nurses but work in integrated roles with HIV care.

Linda Panton
Honorary Treasurer 2015 - 2018
I have worked with HIV patients in Edinburgh for the last twenty years so have a lot of experience, particularly working with chaotic drug users. I began my career as a staff nurse in a 14 bedded HIV unit and progressed to the role I am currently in as clinical nurse specialist. I have a variety of roles but delivering excellent patient care remains my priority. I enjoyed being on NHIVNA subcommittee when study days were held in Scotland and I would like to be considered for election to ensure Scotland remains represented at NHIVNA.

Elizabeth Foote
I started my career in HIV/AIDS in 1996 at Addenbrookes hospital on their Infectious diseases unit and then at Mildmay Hospital in London.

I worked as an HIV nurse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for three years. I managed a team of Cambodian nurses and ran an HIV community home care project in the slums where we had approximately 350 HIV positive patients on our list. The three years were incredibly hard, witnessing people die in the most inhumane and raw ways, but extremely rewarding too.

I have a Masters in Drug Use and Addiction and am a Non-Medical prescriber. I worked as a Macmillan nurse for four years. I currently work as a community HIV clinical nurse specialist in Liverpool. I believe in equity for all people and feel passionate about working with vulnerable and stigmatised groups.

Claire Gamble
I embarked on an 18-month D Grade rotation programme upon completion of my nurse training in 1998. My first ward was an Infectious Disease ward with a special interest in HIV. I loved HIV as a speciality. Nursing people with HIV presented a different set of challenges to those I had previously worked with and I found the ever changing face of HIV fascinating. On completion of the rotation program returned to the ID ward as an E grade. I then worked in Infectious Disease, Immunology and Infection Control until 2004 when I became a Community Nurse Specialist in HIV and I now work as an HIV CNS in the community and hospital setting as part of the Birmingham Heartlands HIV team. I am really excited to be on the NHIVNA executive committee and am looking forward to working with the other committee members.

Ricky Gellissen
I have been in HIV nursing for over 20 years in a variety of settings. In 2008 I started a newly created role as HIV & Hepatitis Co-infection Clinical Nurse Practitioner and continually seek to promote skill & knowledge transference between HIV & Hepatology services. I have served two years with the NHIVNA Executive committee as a co-opted member and hope to further develop collaborative work with the Blood Borne Virus Working Group. I have a special interest in issues surrounding HIV & law which my dissertation for my Master of Laws in Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights focussed upon.

Matthew Grundy-Bowers
Qualifying as a nurse in 1992 aged 20, Matthew began his nursing career in HIV / Sexual & Reproductive Health in 1994. He has worked in a variety of clinical roles across London, which has included teaching both doctors and nurses in the field. He is currently on a sabbatical from his post of consultant nurse at City University London to undertake his PhD on an NIHR Clinical Fellowship. He continues to be actively involved in professional organisations at both regional and national levels.

Jacqui Hale
I am currently working as the HIV charge nurse at Homerton University Hospital which serves a very diverse cohort of people living with HIV having previously worked in Essex and North West London in both inpatient and outpatient settings in many different roles. I feel that the field of HIV nursing has always put the patient at the centre of the decision making process and has continuously looked at flexible and innovative ways to deliver care. If elected to the NHIVNA committee I would work to ensure the innovative and specialised role of the HIV nurse is preserved and embedded in the multi-disciplinary team looking after our patients.

Laura Kwardem1
An HIV activist who promotes the rights and dignity of people living with HIV in general and particularly the SRH of women living with HIV and meaningful involvement in decision making, leadership and advocacy. I am a member of the UK-CAB and a promoter of peer support for the management of HIV.

John McLuskey
I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years with experience in both the NHS and private sector in a variety of roles. I am passionate about the influence of evidence on patient experience, the role of the nurse and healthcare delivery so the last 17 years have been spent working in nurse education. Currently I am an Associate Professor of Nursing within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham.

Since the late 1990s I have delivered undergraduate and postgraduate education on HIV and Blood Borne Infections. Currently I am undertaking a professional doctorate where I am exploring the experience of a new HIV diagnosis for men who have sex with men in the first year that they are diagnosed.

Andy Marshall
I am Charge Nurse at the Sussex Beacon, where I have worked since 1995. I have witnessed the unfolding challenges of HIV care. An independent charity, the Sussex Beacon maintains collaborative links with the wider network of HIV agencies, and I maintain close working relationships with colleagues beyond the Sussex Beacon. As a clinician, I am interested in complex case management and the impact of new diagnoses of HIV amongst older people. I am committed to governance and audit and view these as opportunities to learn. Having achieved a master's degree in psychology, I retain an interest in research.

Rachael Ng'andwe
Rachael is committed to advocating for HIV Positive women to have access to, and take up support offered by, appropriate/relevant services.

Her passion is to combat Stigma and discrimination so often faced by positive women at home, in the community and society as a whole.

Rachael also equips and enables women to take control of their own lives, make informed choices and to live the positive healthy lives that they desire through education, training and by being a role model to others.

James Stanford
I have worked, taught and undertaken research into HIV for 30 years, working in the NHS and in the charitable sector, in community nursing and in-patient units. I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Clinical Team Leader and a District Nurse.

Throughout my career I have written HIV articles, made numerous academic and research presentations and been an active member of various professional and peer action committees. My current post is Clinical Team Leader at the Sussex Beacon. My interests include patient activation, peer mentoring and combatting HIV related stigma, as well as health promotion, team management, and staff training. My hobbies include gardening, kickboxing and opera.

Shaun Watson
After more than 20 years working within HIV nursing, I welcome the opportunity to bring this knowledge and expertise into the service of NHIVNA. My experience ranges from specialist units to ward and hospice management, via positive self-management training, adherence support and teaching. I work within the, now huge, Central London Community Healthcare trust – three primary care trusts rolled into one, with more changes and some uncertainty on the horizon. However, within these changing times there will be the exciting prospect of promoting and advancing the role of the CNS through a new central London service.

My main objective within the executive will be to represent and support the HIV specialist nurse and other community nurses, and I am already involved in shaping the NHIVNA competencies for community nurses. In addition, I am delighted to have been offered a place on the HIV Nursing Editorial Board: we sometimes forget the wealth of knowledge and experience embodied in our work, and putting it down in print is valuable learning.

Matt Wills
Matt Wills has worked as Social Care Coordinator at Homerton University Hospital since 2010, working alongside the clinic and community nursing team in providing social care support in conjunction with third sector providers. He is also a trustee at The Food Chain, a charity who deliver meals and groceries, offer cookery and nutrition classes, and communal eating opportunities to people living with HIV in London. Prior to this Matt worked for Staffordshire Buddies for nine years as a Welfare Benefits and Housing advice worker.

1 Laura Kwardem is currently providing maternity cover for Rachael Ng'andwe

Previous Committee Members

A thank you to all our previous members, without whom NHIVNA wouldn't have grown into the organisation it is today.

Juliet Bennett
Nathaniel Brito-Ault (Chair)
Roy Brazington
Jane Bruton
Jayne Churchill
Sandra Davies (Co-Chair)
Catherine Donoghue
Siân Edwards
Catrin Evans
Phil Greenham
Stephen Head
Ian Hodgson
Pauline Jelliman
Jane Kennedy
Jo Kepple (Chair)
Caroline Lovett
Siobhán Lynch
May McCreaddie
Brenda Mann
Angelina Namiba
Joel Paparello
Sam Mabey Puttock
Frederick Marais
Sheila Morris (Chair)
Christina Newbould
Eileen Nixon
Catherine O’Keeffe
Carol Pellowe
Nicky Perry (Chair)
James Rice
Kemoh Rogers
Gina Rowlands
Sue Russell
Kieran Sharkey
Zoë Sheppard
Anele Waters
Craig Waterworth

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