Their role is unpaid and we are fortunate to draw on their high level expertise from a range of backgrounds to guide our work.
Sheila has been Chair of MEDFASH since 2008. She was Deputy Chief Medical Officer between 1999 and 2002. She has been Director of Public Health at North West Thames Regional Health Authority from 1989-95, North East London Strategic Health Authority from 2002-06 and NHS London from 2006-07. She was a Trustee with the Disasters Emergency Committee for seven years and is currently a Trustee with the Children’s Food Trust. She has been an elected member of the General Medical Council and the Board of the Faculty of Public Health and was a founding co-chair of the Association for Public Health.
Michael has been a Trustee since 2006. He is Chairman of the BMJ Publishing Group (since 2004), Chairman of the British National Formulary and a Director of the British Medical Association. Previously, he was head of IBM Consultancy Services for Media & Telecommunications in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was also founder Editor/Publisher of Marketing Week in the UK and Managing Director of Centaur Business Publishing. He has a Ph.D. in Communications (Florida State University, 1993) and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics and Social Studies (University of Manchester, 1972 and 1975).
Richard is MEDFASH’s treasurer. He was previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is now self-employed. His history of involvement with sexual health started with volunteering at Crusaid and being the Oasis North London treasurer. He is currently the Forum Link treasurer and occasional entertainer at Mildmay Mission Hospital. Richard is also the national treasurer for Cruse Bereavement Care, an Extracare Charitable Trust board member and provides financial education on a voluntary basis.
Shree qualified from Imperial College London and is currently in the final stages of training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London. Her main interests lie in sexual health, oncology and global maternal healthcare. She also enjoys teaching and service development. She has previously chaired the BMA Junior Doctors Committee as well as the North European Junior Doctors Association, securing a Code of Practice for recruitment of junior doctors, and leading on a contract campaign.
Brian Gazzard started the HIV unit at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, and is now its Clinical Research Director. This is one of the largest clinical units in Europe concentrating its research mainly on new algorithms of care, immunological and oncological manifestations of HIV disease and antiretroviral therapy. Brian qualified at Cambridge University and was awarded his MD from there in 1983. He was awarded the Department of Health prize for distinguished achievement in 2002 and is the chairman of the Chief Medical Officer's Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.
Cathy is a Non Executive Director of a NHS Trust in London and was previously a senior civil servant in the Department of Health, where she was Director of National Support Teams for over five years and a Director of (Public Health) Policy for six years. She joined the Department of Health in 1999 as the first head of the cross-Government Teenage Pregnancy Unit and subsequently also became Head of Sexual Health, responsible for the implementation of the National Sexual Health and HIV Strategy. Cathy previously worked in the NHS for 24 years, the last ten as Chief Executive of three different health authorities. Cathy was awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of the Public Health in June 2003.
Dr John Hughes qualified in 1983 at Queen's University Belfast; since 1997 he has worked as a GP in North Manchester. He also works as a sessional doctor in contraception and sexual health, and as a GP with Special Interest providing the Headache service for North Manchester. He is an elected member of the GP Committee of the British Medical Association and is one of the MEDFASH Trustees appointed by the BMA.
George was appointed lead GUM consultant physician in Sheffield in 1979 and held this post until his partial retirement in 2010. He has previously served on committees at the Department of Health, BMA, Royal College of Physicians, and British Association for Sexual Health & HIV and was the specialty President from 1999-2001. He was the Clinical Director for the Communicable Diseases directorate in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals from 1981-2011. He was awarded a personal chair in Genitourinary Medicine by the University of Sheffield in 2005 and appointed OBE in 2012. He is currently the Clinical Director for the South Yorkshire Comprehensive Clinical Research Network for the National Institute of Health Research.
Angela was appointed consultant in GU Medicine at University College Hospital, London, in 1989 and currently works at the Mortimer Market clinic, one of the largest service providers in the UK. She is a former President of the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases and was responsible for its merger with the Association of GU Medicine to form the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV in 2003, which she chaired. She has also chaired the BMA Dematovenerology committee and Royal College of Physicians committees including those in young adult and adolescent health. Angela is Chair of the Statutes and Development Committee of the European Academy of Dermatovenereology.
Surendra has been a GP Principal since 1971 after having started his general practice career in Ebbw Vale & Tradegar, the old constituency of Aneuran (‘Nye’) Bevan, the chief architect of the National Health Service. Now based in Cheshire, Surendra became interested in medical politics in the late 1980s and served as General Secretary, National Chairman and National President of the British International Doctors’ Association (formerly Overseas Doctors’ Association, ODA) between 2003 and 2009. He has been a member of the BMA’s GP Committee since 1993 and has also served on several other BMA committees over the last two decades, including the Medical Ethics Committee and Annual Representatives Agenda Committee. Surendra has been a Trustee of MEDFASH since 2010.
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