The Staff Team

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Nathan Sparling - Interim Chief Executive

Nathan is responsible for achieving the strategic goals set by the HIV Scotland Board by ensuring the development and delivery of strategies, operations, the team and culture. Nathan lead's HIV Scotland's team to ensure that all our work achieves the best outcomes for people living with and affected by HIV, ensuring they are involved at every step.

Previously he worked in the House of Commons where he was a Senior Parliamentary Adviser, covering many social policy issues including pensions and the devolution of social security powers to the Scottish Parliament. He was a prominent campaigner on equal marriage in Scotland, and was a Political Adviser on the Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act. Contact Nathan for more information on our work.

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Jeffrey Hirono - Policy and Research Officer

Jeffrey is responsible for the socio-political research that informs the work of HIV Scotland. In particular, Jeffrey explores inequalities that drive negative health behaviours, including HIV-related stigma and the factors which create and reinforce barriers to HIV testing. Working alongside the Short Life Working Group on HIV Testing, Jeffrey was the lead author of Scotland's review on factors associated with HIV testing which identified evidence-informed interventions aimed at reducing levels of undiagnosed HIV and late-diagnosis. Jeffrey also leads work on the quality and consistency of sexual health education, and in developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Jeffrey previously worked within the Australian human services sector by informing policy on migration, refugee, and disability rights where he was responsible for recommending disability sector. Contact Jeffrey to learn more about the research that is informing HIV provision in Scotland.