The Staff Team

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George Valiotis - Chief Executive Officer

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 is a member of the SHBBV Ministerial Advisory Group, the PrEP Coordination Group, and the SHBBV Executive Leads Network. He also chairs the PrEP Education & Awareness Group, and the HIV Voluntary Sector Network. 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.

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Nathan Sparling - Head of Policy and Campaigning

Nathan leads HIV Scotland’s policy and campaigning work and team to prevent HIV transmissions, and achieve the best outcomes for people with HIV, by ensuring our work is informed by people living with and at risk of HIV, is strategic and evidence based. Nathan coordinates the national HIV testing short life working group. 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 has been a prominent campaigner on a number of issues, and was a leading voice in the campaign for equal marriage in Scotland. He has also led a number of national campaigns in the political sphere, and was a Political Adviser on the Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act.

Kelsey Smith Profile

Kelsey Smith - Policy and Campaigning Officer

Kelsey coordinates Scotland’s HIV anti-stigma consortium and strategy, and PrEP literacy work by bringing together community members, policy makers, service providers and academics. Kelsey was the lead author of the PrEP Patient Group Submission which was fundamental to its approval in Scotland. Kelsey’s background is in human rights policy and law. She also leads HIV Scotland’s research on sex work, gender, employment, injecting drug use and criminal justice.

Liam Beattie Profile

Liam Beattie - Policy and Political Officer

Liam coordinates HIV Scotland’s political engagement and provides the secretariat for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses. He leads consultation responses on a range of policy issues including blood donation, sexual health education and social security. Liam was responsible for coordinating the UK HIV sector submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016. He has eleven years’ experience of volunteering and working in the third sector both in Scotland and abroad.
Contact Liam to learn more about our political work.

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Rik Hodgson - Involvement and Information Officer

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.

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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. She also coordinates Scotland's Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Testing Week as well as World AIDS Day activity. Rebecca has seven years experience 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.