Chris Sandford 1945 – 2022
Chris was Education Director for the National HIV Story Trust presenting and lecturing in schools, colleges and universities – including University College London Medical School and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He also runs staff awareness training about HIV for companies such as Camelot, ITV, Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of GPs and the Virgin Group.
He had been living with HIV for over 40 years. He worked for the NHS at the Mortimer Market Centre – one of the largest HIV clinics in Europe and a major research centre – offering peer counselling, advocacy and education to 2,000 patients a year.
After retiring in 2019 he became a Governor of Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee of two HIV charities, a member of the UK Community Advisory Board and worked as a patient representative with the Medical Research Council, Institute of Methodology and the Institute for Global Health. He was one of the authors of Cognitive Impairment in People Living with HIV – published in The Lancet.
Chris worked tirelessly to support and represent the NHST, taking roadshows and talks to schools, businesses, colleges and out into the wider communities. His contribution has been high and he will be much missed.