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Co-Founders
Paul Coleman & Nick Thorogood - Co-Founders
Nick & Paul work closely together overseeing the running of the NHST and focusing its ambitious strategy. Alongside this, they hold a number of key supporter relationships, and provide liaison with many of our external stakeholders
CEO & Co-Founder
Nick Thorogood
CEO & Co-Founder

Nick’s career has been focused on mass communication, firstly through television production, where he created content for most of the major broadcasters in the UK. As a brand consultant/storyteller he has helped brands as diverse as major pharmaceutical tech to traditional UK landed estates.

His passion is to make sure brands create narratives that drive interest and engagement, and believes passionately that the legacy stories of the NHST must not be forgotten but told and retold.

Chair & Co-Founder
Paul Coleman
Chair & Co-Founder

Paul Coleman is a BAFTA nominated TV Director and Producer.

Having himself lived through and survived the AIDS pandemic of the 80s and 90s, he was inspired by the incredible testimony of those who have taken this same journey, and the stories of those who were lost.

As Co-Founder of the NHST he is incredibly grateful to all those people who support the charity, and who have joined him in ensuring the testimony and history of those times can never be forgotten.

Patrons
Prof Chloe Orkin
Patron

Professor Chloe Orkin is Professor of HIV Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Consultant Physician at Barts Health NHS Trust where she has led the HIV clinical trials unit for the past 18 years. She has delivered more than 60 clinical trials of novel anti-viral agents to treat HIV, hepatitis C and SARS-CoV-2 thereby contributing to the licensing of 22 drugs. She is the global lead author for the first-ever long-acting injectable HIV therapy. Equity and justice are at the core of her academic and advocacy work. She directs the QMUL-based SHARE research collaborative for health equity. Chloe is Academic Lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion at her medical school. Chloe is the 80th President of the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF), an organisation which has represented the views of medical women in the UK on medical issues for the past 105 years. The organisation was closely aligned to suffrage has a proud history of effective advocacy on gender issues.  She has recently recorded an MWF Podcast on leadership. Chloe co-Chairs HIV Glasgow, one of the largest international conferences covering HIV and SARS CoV-2. She is immediate past Chair of the British HIV Association and a member of the governing council for the International AIDS Society.

Having been a clinician in HIV for the last twenty years I know how vital these stories are . Hearing them and preserving them is a vital part of the history of the HIV pandemic and of the LGBTQ+ history in the UK

Patron
David Lyon
Patron

David spent 30 years as an investment banker in the City of London, following which he joined the board of an international strategic consultancy focussed on political and economic development. Supporting Stonewall, THT, St Mungo’s, ProstateCancer UK and Oriel College Oxford, David is an active philanthropist focussed on LGBT+ and equality issues.

Growing up in the socially very conservative Scotland of the 1970s, David developed a strong interest in public policy and equality issues.

Already outraged by the legislative inequality and societal prejudice affecting the LGBT+ community, the HIV/AIDS pandemic politicised David further. In the deeply homophobic City of the time, he successfully advocated for equality and acceptance in all his professional roles and achieved significant advances.

Patron
Flick Thorley
Patron

Flick has worked with people with HIV most of her nursing career – from the mid-1980s in New Zealand until 2011 when she retired as a result of poor health.

She was a Charge Nurse on the Residential Unit at London Lighthouse until it closed in 1998 following the availability of antiretroviral medication and a significant reduction in the need for that type of residential and terminal care. She then worked as the HIV Psychiatric Liaison Nurse at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital until her retirement.

Whilst at C&W, Flick’s career was full of variety, ranging from working in Botswana for 6 months in 2002 with my partner Professor Chloe Orkin, to identifying the need for what became the Club Drug Service and being instrumental in the service being set up as a result of the problematic crystal meth use amongst gay men in London.

Flick said she feels honoured to have been invited to be a Patron of NHST and to be part of the important documentation of our shared history – and herstory!

Patron
Ian Green OBE
Patron

Ian has more than 25 years’ experience of high profile leadership roles in the voluntary, health, local government, housing, and social care sectors, in both executive and non-executive roles. Involved in YMCA for over 25 years, including as Chief Executive of YMCA England, he was on the executive staff team of the World Alliance of YMCAs located in Geneva.  From 2016 – 2023 he was CEO of Terrence Higgins Trust, the UKs leading HIV and sexual health charity

For over 20 years Ian held a number of positions of public office in the London Borough of Ealing: as an elected member of the council; Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Housing; and as Mayor. He has also held a number of non-executive roles in the NHS.

For five years Ian was Chair of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and is currently Chair of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

He was diagnosed with HIV in 1996 and is married to his husband Paul.

Dr. Rupert Whitaker OBE
Patron

Dr. Rupert Whitaker OBE is a Founder and Patron of the Terrence Higgins Trust, named after his then-partner who died of AIDS in 1982, and is one of Britain’s longest-living people with HIV. He is a consultant in psychiatry and medical science, chairman of the Tuke Institute CIC, and has worked internationally, lecturing in medicine and patient-advocacy and as an expert medical witness in psychiatry and public health. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of London in 2021 and an OBE in 2022.

Trustees
Director of Comms
Dan Costen
Director of Comms

Dan leads the NHST’s external communications, including our media activity and social media presence to grow the NHST’s profile.

Dan’s career has seen him focus on corporate, political and public communications through which he has advised clients and worked in-house. Prior, he worked at the Policy Research Unit where he provided research and support to MPs, members of the Cabinet and the Prime Minister.

He is also Head of PR for the ‘Freedom to Donate’ campaign which successfully spearheaded the change in rules on blood donation. He sat as a representative on the NHSBT FAIR (NHS Blood and Transplant For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group where he worked with stakeholders including the Department of Health and Social Care.

Chief Education Advisor
Dame Erica Pienaar
Chief Education Advisor

Erica Pienaar has had a long career in education and was appointed a Dame for her services to education in the 2014 Queen’s birthday honours list.

Until her retirement in September 2013, she was Executive Head Teacher of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools. The Federation was established in September 2008 in Lewisham and comprises three schools: Prendergast-Hilly Fields College, Prendergast-Ladywell Fields College and Prendergast-Vale College. The federation is led by a single governing body.

She began her career as a Science Teacher in 1973 and taught for 41 years in South East London. She was the Head Teacher of Prendergast School (Hilly Fields) from 1998 to 2008.

She continues to work with schools in Bromley and Southwark as a governor.

Director of Production
Julian Ingle
Director of Production

Julian Ingle brings the heritage and training of journalism and documentary filmmaking. After 9 years with the BBC, latterly as Senior Producer for BBC Breakfast news, he was one of the early leaders of Al Jazeera English and was Executive Producer of its biggest budget, most renowned and global flagship news program. He’s lived in London, Doha, Washington DC and New York. Julian is an expert in successful content creation that is attractive and fit-for-purpose for documentary style story telling.

Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Watson
Chief Operating Officer

Kevin has 15 years working in the City on various change and delivery projects for financial infrastructure firms. He previously worked as a Management Consultant and has a strong background in taking a project from concept to completion. Kevin has been involved in various charities over the past 20 years supporting HIV, LGBT rights, Mental Health Awareness, and Cancer support.

CEO & Co-Founder
Nick Thorogood
CEO & Co-Founder

Nick’s career has been focused on mass communication, firstly through television production, where he created content for most of the major broadcasters in the UK. As a brand consultant/storyteller he has helped brands as diverse as major pharmaceutical tech to traditional UK landed estates.

His passion is to make sure brands create narratives that drive interest and engagement, and believes passionately that the legacy stories of the NHST must not be forgotten but told and retold.

Chair & Co-Founder
Paul Coleman
Chair & Co-Founder

Paul Coleman is a BAFTA nominated TV Director and Producer.

Having himself lived through and survived the AIDS pandemic of the 80s and 90s, he was inspired by the incredible testimony of those who have taken this same journey, and the stories of those who were lost.

As Co-Founder of the NHST he is incredibly grateful to all those people who support the charity, and who have joined him in ensuring the testimony and history of those times can never be forgotten.

Honorary Treasurer
George Ruiz
Honorary Treasurer

George is a financial professional with experience at charities including Battersea Dogs Home and Prostrate Cancer UK. He is a former head of strategy for St John’s Ambulance.

Director of Education Strategy
Jan Pimblett
Director of Education Strategy

Jan Pimblett is the former Principal Development Officer at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), with responsibility for LGBTQ+ community history projects. Jan has been working with LGBTQ+ communities and historical archives for nearly 20 years, helping to make LMA one of the main centres for LGBTQ+ history in the UK.

As a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Jan is a member of the LGBTQ+ special interest forum. She continues to work with a number of organisations including Queer Britain, which is working on a proposed LGBTQ+ Museum.

Committee members
Visual & Graphics Assistant
Abel Png
Visual & Graphics Assistant

Abel supports the NHST’s media, outreach, and branding-related operations.

His experience as a comms professional includes providing strategic counsel to international corporations and third-sector clients. Previously, Abel led the office of a backbench Member of Parliament, who has campaigned in the Commons to improve access to PrEP.

Director of Celebrity/High Profile Liaison
Chris Jarvis
Director of Celebrity/High Profile Liaison

Chris Jarvis has worked in the entertainment industry for thirty years writing and performing on stage, radio and television. He’s currently to be found on CBeebies with Pui Fan Lee in ‘Show Me Show Me’ and ‘Stargazing’, he has also devised programmes for children including the storytelling show ‘Old Jack’s Boat’ starring Bernard Cribbins. Every year he writes, directs and appears in pantomime.

Director of Comms
Dan Costen
Director of Comms

Dan leads the NHST’s external communications, including our media activity and social media presence to grow the NHST’s profile.

Dan’s career has seen him focus on corporate, political and public communications through which he has advised clients and worked in-house. Prior, he worked at the Policy Research Unit where he provided research and support to MPs, members of the Cabinet and the Prime Minister.

He is also Head of PR for the ‘Freedom to Donate’ campaign which successfully spearheaded the change in rules on blood donation. He sat as a representative on the NHSBT FAIR (NHS Blood and Transplant For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group where he worked with stakeholders including the Department of Health and Social Care.

Researcher
Ed Middleton
Researcher

Ed has over 15 years of experience working as a Management Consultant in the City.  He is passionate about preserving the stories of people who have lived through the HIV crisis. He previously volunteered on the helpline at Terrence Higgins Trust as well as several other LGBT charities in the UK.

Chief Education Advisor
Dame Erica Pienaar
Chief Education Advisor

Erica Pienaar has had a long career in education and was appointed a Dame for her services to education in the 2014 Queen’s birthday honours list.

Until her retirement in September 2013, she was Executive Head Teacher of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools. The Federation was established in September 2008 in Lewisham and comprises three schools: Prendergast-Hilly Fields College, Prendergast-Ladywell Fields College and Prendergast-Vale College. The federation is led by a single governing body.

She began her career as a Science Teacher in 1973 and taught for 41 years in South East London. She was the Head Teacher of Prendergast School (Hilly Fields) from 1998 to 2008.

She continues to work with schools in Bromley and Southwark as a governor.

Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Watson
Chief Operating Officer

Kevin has 15 years working in the City on various change and delivery projects for financial infrastructure firms. He previously worked as a Management Consultant and has a strong background in taking a project from concept to completion. Kevin has been involved in various charities over the past 20 years supporting HIV, LGBT rights, Mental Health Awareness, and Cancer support.

Researcher
James Tarling
Researcher

James worked in investment banking and private equity before moving on to manage equity, debt and property investments. In addition to the National HIV Story Trust, James volunteers at two other HIV charities: since 2011 he has held a variety of roles at Terrence Higgins Trust and currently works on the helpline, and since 2016 James has volunteered at Positive East, where he currently runs a sexual health clinic in East London.

Director of Education Strategy
Jan Pimblett
Director of Education Strategy

Jan Pimblett is the former Principal Development Officer at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), with responsibility for LGBTQ+ community history projects. Jan has been working with LGBTQ+ communities and historical archives for nearly 20 years, helping to make LMA one of the main centres for LGBTQ+ history in the UK.

As a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Jan is a member of the LGBTQ+ special interest forum. She continues to work with a number of organisations including Queer Britain, which is working on a proposed LGBTQ+ Museum.

Director of Website and New Media Planning
Josh Gutteridge
Director of Website and New Media Planning

Josh is Founder and Managing Director of Regency Creative – a boutique web design and branding agency in London. He has worked as a brand and digital media strategist for over 11 years. His passion has driven him to work alongside both small local start-ups and multinational brands such as BP, Dyson and Dropbox.

As a keen advocate of CSR Josh is always seeking new ways to help raise awareness of equality issues through brand reputation and currently works closely with Stonewall, Metro and Heart of the City Westminster.

Director of Production
Julian Ingle
Director of Production

Julian Ingle brings the heritage and training of journalism and documentary filmmaking. After 9 years with the BBC, latterly as Senior Producer for BBC Breakfast news, he was one of the early leaders of Al Jazeera English and was Executive Producer of its biggest budget, most renowned and global flagship news program. He’s lived in London, Doha, Washington DC and New York. Julian is an expert in successful content creation that is attractive and fit-for-purpose for documentary style story telling.

Director of Media
Lee Isaacs
Director of Media

Lee is a strategic Above-The-Line and digital paid media specialist with over 10 years’ experience working across global market leading brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Bacardi, Lindt & Sprungli, NSPCC and currently in-house at Just Eat Takeaway.com. He’s worked at the top London media agencies and in-house marketing teams by managing small to multi-million pound budget campaigns. Lee is dedicated to creating innovative and data driven solution campaigns, and is looking forward to launching NHST’s paid advertising platform.

Director of Events
Vanessa Norris
Director of Events

Vanessa is currently Events Coordinator for the Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) which helps organisations which are campaigning for social change. Prior to this she managed BBC community engagement campaigns, such as WW2 People’s War– an oral history project which became an online archive of World War Two experience,The Big Read to find the UK’s best loved books and Breathing Places to create more spaces for nature. Recently she coordinated Reading Oasis, a literacy campaign for the charity United Way UK which places library resources into primary schools.

Vanessa is offering both her event management skills and experience of working on oral history projects to help NHST continue to tell these invaluable stories.

Supporters
First and foremost, we thank all those who have given interviews – sharing their experiences and thoughts so freely and openly for the project.
Our work would not be possible without the support of many people and the organisations listed below.

NHST would also like to thank:

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Your generous support helps us to secure, preserve and protect the stories of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. In doing so, we can ensure the stories continue to be retold to younger generations, including through the arts and education.

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