Ben Whalley - Company Secretary and takes the lead on Data Protection: Ben worked in support and prevention roles for HIV organisations across West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester for over 7 ½ years and is a qualified and Registered Social Worker. His specialist skills have been in safeguarding, advocacy, policy and practice development and employment rights. His current role as Development Manager is for a large national charity in a project for people with Multiple and Complex needs in a geographical area of the North West. Ben was a trustee for two years of a small charity working with men at risk of offending in Manchester.
Ben lives in Manchester though enjoys travelling, reading and gaming in his spare time. He has been an elected trustee of the Brunswick Centre since November 2013 and is the Company Secretary. Ben’s passion is to combat the social and health inequalities of people from minorities and to challenge the inequalities of opportunity that people from stigmatised groups face.
Stephen Bond - Chair and takes the lead on Safeguarding: I first became aware of The Brunswick Centre over 10 years ago, when a friend told me he attended the men’s Group. I was immediately interested in the Centre as I had previously started training with The Terence Higgins Trust, but had to stop this when I returned to live in Yorkshire from London.
I also started to attend the Men’s Group and eventually I began to volunteer for The Centre as well as doing outreach and chlamydia testing. At this time, The Centre was also running The Pink Picnic and when it was decided to hand this back to the Community to run, I became a member of the Committee and took on the role of Deputy Chair and Chair the following year. During my 5 years of involvement, The Committee raised £10,000 for The Brunswick Centre.
Following my resignation from The Pink Picnic, I became a Trustee with The Brunswick Centre, eventually becoming Vice Chair.
I am very passionate about the work of The Brunswick Centre and I am extremely proud to be a part of it.
Tom Mapplethorpe - Vice Chair and takes takes the lead on Engagement: Tom currently works for Public Health England, and has previously worked and volunteered in sexual health, mental health, and substance misuse settings. Tom completed his BSc in Psychology in 2004, and is currently studying for a Master in Public Health. Tom lives in Calderdale, and in the short periods of time when he's not working or studying, he loves to get out and about, bake, read, and drink copious amounts of tea.
Tom is passionate about improving the lives of people affected by HIV, and looks forward to working with The Brunswick Centre to do just that.
Gareth Cutter - Treasurer: Gareth joined The Brunswick Centre as a trustee in July 2016, through a desire to donate time and skills to a charity supporting disadvantaged people, and to develop professionally by working at a Board level.
Gareth has a diverse professional background: he spent nearly six years working in the commercial digital marketing sector before working freelance in the arts sector, including managing the activities of an LGBTQ arts organisation based in Manchester. He currently lives and works in London for an arts-based arts charity, working in an area of extreme deprivation, and responsible for increasing its funding base, He is also a performing artist with his own creative practice, sharing work at nationally recognised festivals. He is driven by a desire for equality - particularly in respect of sex, sexuality, gender, and those living with HIV - and is exploring ways in which the creative arts can be used to challenge stigma and make positive social change.
When not working, you can find Gareth either at arts events, running in the park, reading a book, playing guitar or generally being sociable.
Stella Mpofu - takes the lead on Communications: In the past Stella has volunteered for the Red Cross. She did this for over 15 years when she was young and also worked with HIV charities in Africa in the 1990s. Her background is in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She is currently working as a Marketing Executive for a specialist equipment company in the Health sector.
After losing friends and family to HIV and AIDS, Stella decided to join The Brunswick Centre to give her time and skills to help out people living with HIV. Stella is passionate and dedicated to the important work of removing the stigma that affects people with HIV. She feels stigma and discrimination are among the foremost barriers to HIV prevention, treatment and care. She wants to see HIV positive people live happily without discrimination or being stigmatised.
Stella enjoys travelling, acting, dancing and listening to music in her spare time.
Graham Brown - takes the lead on Funding and Bid Writing: Graham is a freelance proofreader and copy editor with a background in business and the private sector. Committed to working against stigma, judgement and the persecution of minority groups, he jumped at the chance to work with The Brunswick Centre as a member of the board of trustees. He has been bowled over by the passion, commitment and drive of all the staff and volunteers who work for the Centre and is looking forward to working with them in helping prevent the spread of HIV and ending the stigma surrounding those living with HIV.
As a self-professed geek, he enjoys computer gaming, reading science-fiction novels and trying to get others to play board games with him. Don't get him started on Star Trek as he'll never shut up.
Adam Savage - Trustee. Adam has worked in early years and primary education. He currently works in assessment and commissioning within special educational needs and disabilities within a local authority.
Adam's interests include cycling, playing squash and music. He plays the drums and has recorded an album in the U.S. and UK. In his spare time he is part of an acoustic punk band and has two very energic children who he describes as his pride and joy.
HIV Services Manager - Steve Atkinson HIV Prevention Coordinator - Anne Glew
HIV Community Worker, Kirklees - Cath Ellis
HIV Community Worker, Calderdale - Dionne St Hilaire
HIV Benefits & Welfare Rights Worker - Billy Durrant
Well-being Coordinator - Isabel Carter
Volunteer - Annika Hamilton
Volunteer - John Young
yOUTh (Youth Out) Service
yOUTh Service Manager - Russell Oxley Assistant Youth Worker (sessional) - Cath Ellis Assistant Youth Worker (sessional) - Louise Hardy