Ruth has been Chief Executive of MEDFASH since 2000, leading the organisation and managing major national projects. With a degree in Social and Political Sciences, she started her career in the reproductive health charity sector, gaining experience of direct service provision as well as marketing and public relations. She moved in 1990 to the Health Education Authority where she worked in the HIV and Sexual Health Programme first as a project manager, and from 1995 as Programme Manager. In this capacity, she led a team providing national public education campaigns, information and support for local health promotion, research and policy development. Ruth has been a member of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Expert Advisory Group on AIDS since 2005. She was previously a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV (2007-2010), a trustee of London Brook (2000-2008) and Chair of the Sex Education Forum (2005-2008).
Since qualifying with an MSc in Medical Demography, Lesley has been working in sexual health and HIV for over 25 years at local, national and international levels. She was the first Coordinator of the Contraceptive Foundation, a sexual health consortium of the Family Planning Association, Health Education Council and pharmaceutical companies involved in the manufacture of contraceptives. In the late 1980s she managed the NHS sexual health services in central London, which included the Margaret Pyke Centre.
Lesley then spent over 15 years developing and managing sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programmes for NGOs throughout Asia and Africa, working with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Futures Group Europe. Since 2010 she has been working with MEDFASH as Head of Operations where she manages programmes and oversees the operational aspects of the charity.