Ben Whalley - Company Secretary: 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 - Vice Chair: 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: 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: 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.
Volunteer - Joanna Morley
HIV Prevention Coordinator - Anne Glew
Volunteer - Alana Dick
Volunteer - Annika Hamilton
Volunteer - John Gully
Volunteer - John Young
HIV Support Team
HIV Support Services Manager - Steve Atkinson
HIV Support Worker - Cath Ellis
HIV Support Worker - Dionne St Hilaire
Benefits, Grants & Welfare Rights Worker - Billy Durrant
Well-Being Coordinator - Isabel Carter Volunteer - Ziganni Booth
yOUTh (Youth Out Project)
Youth Worker - Russell Oxley Assistant Youth Worker - post vacant Assistant Youth Worker - post vacant