Baroness Joyce Gould (our Patron)
Baroness Joyce Gould of Potternewton became a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 1993. Originally a dispensing chemist, she moved on to a career within the Labour Party as Chief Women’s Officer and Assistant National Agent, to become the Party’s Director of Organisation.
In the House of Lords she was a Deputy Speaker for ten years, and held various positions on Select Committees and House Committees. She was a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for HIV/AIDS and chaired the APPG for Sexual and Reproductive Health for over twenty years.
A lifelong feminist and activist for human rights, Joyce has been a member and secretary of several anti-racist, women and civil liberties bodies , and past Chair of the Women’s National Commission and the Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV and HIV Sport.
She is a Fellow of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the Faculty for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), and been awarded Honorary Degrees from Bradford, Birmingham City and Greenwich Universities. Joyce is currently Patron of Yorkshire Mesmac,
President of the Family Planning Association and Patron of the Martin Fisher Foundation.
Steve Beaumont (Chair)
Having qualified as an accountant, Steve worked principally within ‘blue chip American companies’ moving from Finance Director level roles through to General Management. Steve was Managing Director for one of Gillette’s divisions across Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East and India.
From 2002 onwards, Steve worked as a consultant across multiple industry sectors focussed on either business turnarounds or start-ups. The sectors included, technology, satellite communications, textiles and easy access bathroom equipment.
Having joined The Martin Fisher Foundation in 2017, Steve is responsible to the Board for finance and contributes to funding bids, strategy and anything else that needs doing. Steve is also associated with two other local charities serving the LGBTQ community within Brighton and Hove. Steve took over as Chair of the Martin Fisher Foundation in May 2021.
Gillian has been an HIV Consultant in Brighton & Hove since 2001 and Trustee of MFF since the charity was launched in 2015. She has previously worked in London, South Africa, Leeds and Manchester.
She is passionate about increasing opportunities to test for HIV, both in the general population and for vulnerable minority groups. She wholeheartedly believes that service users should always be involved in developing services and innovating.
She co-chairs the Innovations in Testing and Care Implementation Group, the sub-group of the Towards Zero HIV Taskforce. With colleagues she developed a ‘world-first’ digital vending machine for distributing HIV self-tests in the community. She was project lead for the Martin Fisher Foundation 2018 Stigma Campaign and is committed to destigmatising HIV through increasing knowledge and awareness of how stigma affects people.
Adrian was a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV in Leicester until he retired in 2020. He has been working in Leicester on research on Covid 19 since then.
He first met Martin when they were both junior doctors in the 1980s and had worked with him over many years with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) special interest group on HIV, and subsequently on the BHIVA exec committee.
Dr Julia Montgomery was a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Brighton & Sussex University Trust for 24 years, retiring clinically in 2015. She also worked at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School from its inception in 2003 until 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education.
She became a Trustee in 2019 with a communication/website role. “Having known Martin during my time at Brighton & Sussex University Trust it is an honour to help with his vision for HIV care through the charity”.
Chris has been a Trustee of MFF since it was launched in 2015. Chris is proud to help the aims of the Foundation and will help in any way with the continuation of Martin’s work. Before retirement Chris worked as a Programme Manager. One of his posts was to manage the IT projects required by the Department of Health.
Chris is currently a Director of a Company which Martin set up to commercialise the output of a 5.4 million euro EU project which has produced an App to help with the medical treatment of people across Europe who are living with HIV. Martin’s idea was instrumental in winning the funding for this project.
Chris says ‘The excellent work of the Foundation could not have been accomplished without the tremendous efforts of Martin’s friends and colleagues in Brighton’.
Dr Vera is a Senior Lecturer in HIV Medicine and a Consultant Physician for the Lawson Unit at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. Dr Vera is also an investigator for the Elton John Centre at Brighton where he is a principal investigator for several HIV clinical studies.
He is the HIV lead physician for the combined elderly, neurology and memory clinics at the Lawson Unit in Brighton, and the research lead for the Martin Fisher Foundation. He sits on the Towards Zero HIV Taskforce and chairs the Research and Education implementation group.
Heather Leake Date
Heather has worked in the Brighton HIV team for nearly 30 years and worked closely with Martin for 20 years. She is currently Consultant HIV/Sexual Health Pharmacist at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, a clinical member of the NHS England HIV Clinical Reference Group, and is part of the HIV Pharmacy Association Expert Panel.
She is also an ordained Methodist minister and runs the Brighton, Hove and Sussex HIV Chaplaincy. She has been a Trustee of the Martin Fisher Foundation since its inception and is passionate about continuing Martin’s legacy through the work of MFF.
Eileen has worked in the HIV field since 1988 and has worked in palliative care, acute and community settings. She has been a Nurse Consultant in Brighton since 2004. Her clinical work includes working with harder to reach groups of patients and people with complex health needs. She has been involved nationally and internationally in training and development of HIV nursing.
Eileen worked closely with Martin in developing early models of patient representation and she is currently involved in participatory research with patients on service delivery. She completed her PhD in 2014 and co-chairs the Towards Zero Stigma Working Group.
Eileen is committed to changing negative attitudes towards HIV and working with people with HIV to make HIV Stigma a thing of the past.
Colly has worked in the Brighton HIV nursing team for almost 10 years. He has worked closely with the HIV clinical research team and has been involved in a large number of clinical research studies, including new anti-retroviral medications, ageing studies, switching ARV studies, and was the lead research study nurse locally for the first HIV curative trial in the UK.
His current role in the Lawson Unit as an HIV nurse specialist places him in an ideal position to ensure the highest quality of HIV care is provided. He passionately believes in the goals of the Martin Fisher Foundation and is committed to working together towards ZERO HIV.
Vikki has worked in the field of sexual health and HIV for over 25 years. Starting as a Health Promotion Specialist in Public Health, she moved into service improvement where she has developed a strong track record on leading change and improvement in HIV and sexual health care. She has worked across the UK and internationally, most recently on a sexual health & HIV project in New Zealand. Passionate about involving service users in improving care, Vikki runs mystery shopper programmes to evaluate services.
Vikki also manages projects at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and is a visiting lecturer on service improvement for the post graduate Commissioning and Leadership programmes.
Dr Marija Pantelic
Dr Marija Pantelic is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at University of Sussex and Associate Member of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at Oxford University. Dr Pantelic’s research aims to advance understanding of (and develop interventions to address) stigma and discrimination associated with health disparities. She is passionate about using public health research for social change, and is lucky to work with HIV and human rights activists around the world. Dr Pantelic has been technical advisor to United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations, community networks, service providers, the private sector, and governments on key issues impacting communities affected by HIV, stigma and discrimination. She is a member of the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination and the Brighton City Taskforce for Eliminating HIV Stigma.