The Staff Team
George is responsible for achieving the strategic ends set by the HIV Scotland Board by ensuring the development and delivery of strategies, operations, the team and culture. George chairs the HIV Voluntary Sector Network, the Third Sector Subgroup for the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework, and is a member of the National Sexual Health, HIV and Hepatitis Advisory Group. George has worked in HIV policy and capacity building across Europe and Australasia and brings experience from a broader range of areas, including diabetes, family mediation, and domestic violence. Contact George with any enquiries about HIV Scotland, our Board or governance.
Pamela Nash is our Head of Policy and Campaigning. Many of you may have worked with Pamela when she served as an MP for Airdrie and Shotts for five years. During this time she was the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV and AIDS at Westminster where she successfully campaigned for the legislative change on HIV instant result self-test kits and the UK commitment of one billion pounds to the Global Fund to address HIV, TB and malaria.
Pamela brings to HIV Scotland ten years of policy making and campaigning experience with a strong record of campaigning for the rights of people living with HIV, and to eradicate new infections. In addition to her policy and campaigning work Pamela has spent a lot of time volunteering and working in East Africa including with HIV advocacy organisations in Kenya.
Pamela will lead HIV Scotland’s policy and campaigning work and team to prevent HIV transmissions and achieve the best outcomes for people living with HIV by ensuring it is informed by people living with and at risk of HIV, is strategic and evidence based.
Rik is responsible for the involvement of people living with and at risk of HIV into the work of HIV Scotland and for coordinating information provision both internally and to the public. He has worked in the field of sexual health, and blood borne viruses for ten years in direct service provision and previously managed the Citizens Advice Bureau for Leith. He has developed tailored training modules on HIV and viral hepatitis for multiple audiences. Contact Rik about getting involved in our work or with any questions you may have about HIV.
Rebecca Sibbett - Communications Coordinator
Rebecca is responsible for HIV Scotland's public profile and the delivery of its external communications, media relations, website, and the production of our various publications. Rebecca has gained experience over five years supporting communications within the third and public sectors. She has worked on a range of multi-platform campaigns highlighting health and social care issues to the general public. Contact Rebecca with any media or communication related enquiries.
Liam Beattie - Policy and Political Officer
Liam hails from Hawick in the Scottish Borders and is a graduate from the University of Stirling. He has extensive experience working in the third sector and tracking public policy, having worked previously at the European Parliament during a nine month internship in Brussels. A passionate campaigner, Liam writes for the Huffington Post on social issues and contributed to the BBC Generation 2015 young voters project. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and became the first non-MP from Scotland to speak at the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons. A relatively newcomer to Edinburgh, he can often be found tweeting about his new adventures in the capital and about learning Danish @Liam_Beattie. Liam is passionate about social justice and LGBT issues and hopes to use this enthusiasm to promote positive change for people living with HIV. Contact Liam with any questions about HIV Scotland's Policy and Political work.
Kelsey Smith - Policy and Campaigning Officer
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Kelsey moved to Edinburgh after spending a year studying Spanish in Madrid. Kelsey is a recent graduate from the University of Glasgow, receiving a Master of Science in Human Rights and International Politics. During her studies, Kelsey focused on sexual and reproductive rights, writing her dissertation on sex work.
Upon graduating, Kelsey began volunteering at HIV Scotland and completed a six month post undertaking desktop researching in PrEP and Human Rights. Now a full time member of staff Kelsey will spend the next year working on the HIV anti-stigma strategy for Scotland and on primary care.
Lewis Ryder-Jones - Policy and Campaigning Officer
Lewis is from Edinburgh, where he did his undergraduate degree in Languages and Politics a few years back. After spending around half a decade abroad, working, studying and volunteering in various countries from Colombia to the Middle East, he is now back in his home city and recently completed an Msc in Comparative Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Upon commencing his Msc, he began volunteering as a Policy Intern where he undertook desktop research in sex education policy at home and abroad, before assisting the team on various projects as a policy support worker. Lewis has recently taken on a new role as Policy & Campaigning Officer. In this role he supports the development and implementation of HIV Scotland's impact assessment, is undertaking research into primary care and administers the annual Policy Seminar.