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Meet the team

We are a group of volunteers who believe passionately in the preservation of our social history and in supporting people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

Paul Coleman

Paul Coleman

Paul has worked professionally in the Film and TV industry for more than 35 years. He has worked for a large spectrum of broadcasters and productions. He specialises as producer/director, but is also skilled in directing studio multi-camera productions both live and recorded. Paul was BAFTA nominated for his work in Children’s TV, and picked-up an RTS Award and nominations for his work in News and Current Affairs programming.

Nick Thorogood

Nick Thorogood

Nick is a media professional with nearly 30years in the production, broadcast and creation of tv content and channels. Nick has launched channels across 200 countries, including more than 5 channels in the UK. He has worked for many of the worlds biggest media brands and undertaken major projects in countries including Italy, South Africa, Serbia and Malaysia. Nick sits on a number of advisory boards and is a passionate advocate of professional coaching and mentoring.

James Tarling

James Tarling

James spent 15 years working in the City in investment banking and private equity at Morgan Stanley and RBS and continues to manage equity, debt and property investments. James also volunteers each week at two HIV charities, on the helpline at Terrence Higgins Trust and running a sexual health clinic at Positive East.

Ed Middleton

Ed Middleton

15 years of experience working as a Management Consultant in the City. Currently a volunteer at THT and passionate about this project.

Mark Blann

Mark Blann

Trained in Theatre Design and Production, Mark worked as a designer and maker, for the entertainment and retail industries, before retraining in digital design. The combination of 2D and 3D skills were the ideal mix for the role of Head of Display at Sotheby’s, where he worked for twelve years, responsible for the pre- auction presentation of some iconic artworks, such as The Scream by Edvard Munch. He now works as a freelance Design Consultant, most recently for the Duke of Buccleuch.

Josh Gutteridge

Josh Gutteridge

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 multi-national 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.

Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson

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.

Julian Ingle

Julian Ingle

Julian Ingle brings the heritage and training of journalism and documentary film making. 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.

Jan Pimblett

Jan Pimblett

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.

Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis

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.

Dame Erica Pienaar

Dame Erica Pienaar

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 a “hard federation” 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 as a governor and she is also a Non Executive Director of Wey Education PLC.

Dan Costen

Dan Costen

Dan’s career has seen him focus on communications, particularly public relations and government relations at different agencies where he advised clients. Previous to his PR career he worked at the Policy Research Unit as a Parliamentary Researcher where he produced detailed briefing papers for MPs. He also volunteers for the ‘Freedom to Donate’ campaign as head of PR and sits as a representative on the NHSBT FAIR steering group (NHS Blood and Transplant For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) where he works with stakeholders such as the Dept of Health and Social Care.

Dan is excited to use his expertise in comms and political engagement for NHST, a unique project to secure the histories – negative and positive – of those affected by the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s.

Vanessa Norris

Vanessa Norris

Vanessa is currently Events Co-ordinator 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.

Chris Sandford

Chris Sandford

Chris spent forty years as a theatre, radio and opera director – more recently as a film producer. He has been involved in HIV activism since the 80s and fundraised for the Terrence Higgins Trust by directing galas in the West End. He worked for ten years for the NHS at the Mortimer Market Centre – one of the largest HIV clinics in Europe – offering peer support, advice, advocacy, educational events and newly diagnosed courses. He has lectured widely, presented at many conferences, been involved in medical research management and writing the psychological standards for people living with HIV. He has given many interviews to the media on his experiences of living with HIV for nearly forty years.

Dax Wood

Dax Wood

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