The SWIFT network is organised and guided by a multidisciplinary group of community representative, clinicians and academics from across the UK and Ireland.

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

Professor Jane Anderson is a consultant physician in HIV Medicine at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Jane has been involved in the clinical care of people with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic. Her work focuses on ethnic minority and migrant populations in relation to HIV in the UK, with a particular focus on HIV care for women and families. She holds honorary academic appointments at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and at University College London. Jane is the immediate past Chair of the British HIV Association and the current Chair of Trustees at the National AIDS Trust (NAT).  She was previously lead for HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Well-being Directorate of Public Health England.

Fiona Burns

Fiona Burns

Dr Fiona Burns is a clinical senior lecturer at the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research and an honorary consultant, and inpatient clinical lead in HIV medicine at the Royal Free Hospital. Her research interests include the social, behavioural and clinical dimensions of HIV/STI epidemiology, health care access and social inequalities, and migration and health.  She currently leads on the NIHR funded studies Haus (Feasibility and acceptability of home sampling kits to increase the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in the United Kingdom)  and REACH (Retention and Engagement Across Care services for HIV positive patients) . Dr Burns heads the Migration, Ethnicity and Sexual Health programme (MESH) based at the Centre. MESH was established in 2002 to support research, training, and information exchange related to the sexual health of migrant and ethnic minority communities in Britain.

Kathleen Charters

Kathleen Charters is the Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for a local UK charity working with people living with HIV. She has worked in the HIV community for 30 years delivering leading holistic healthcare complementary to HIV clinical care. Most recently she has worked as a voluntary community peer reviewer for the WHO Consolidated Guidelines on HTC and HIVST and PN services, and is currently a community representative on the BHIVA ART treatment guidelines and recently on the BHIVA psychological guidelines audit. She sits on the Board of Trustees for STOPAIDS UK and Sophia Forum and is Lay Chair of the University of Liverpool’s Institute for Infection and Global Health Patient Involvement Panel. She is a board member of UK-CAB (Community Advisory Board), a network for community HIV treatment advocates.She worked on the steering group of Positively UK’s bi-annual conference (2013/2015) Since 2012, she has been a patient lead for Liverpool Community Health designing annual conferences for women living with HIV, “Between The Sheets”. She is a regular contributor the University of Liverpool’s Sexual Health Quarterly bulletin.

Yvonne Gilleece

Dr Yvonne Gilleece is a Consultant in HIV & Genitourinary Medicine at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she is Joint Principal Lead Consultant, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Sussex University. She is the Lead for HIV in Women, Fertility, Conception& Pregnancy and also specialises in HIV &Hepatology. She is Vice Chair of the BHIVA HIV in Pregnancy Guidelines (2014) and an author of BHIVA/BASHH Sexual and Reproductive Health Guidelines. She is a member of HIV CRG and BASHH HIV Sig. She regularly publishes clinical research and presents data nationally and internationally. She is also a member of the BHIVA executive Committee.

Margaret Johnson

Professor Margaret Johnson is one of the UK’s leading consultants in HIV medicine, practicing at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She has been working as a consultant in HIV/AIDS, Thoracic Medicine and General Medicine for over 20 years, has been the Clinical Director of HIV/AIDS services at the Royal free since 1993 and previously held the position of Medical Director at the Royal Free. Her special interests include antiretroviral antibody testing, clinical trials of antiretroviral agents and HIV infection in women. She was the Chairman of British HIV Association from 2004 – 2008. Since her appointment at the Royal Free, she has set up the first and largest open-access HIV testing clinic in the UK and has started the first specific clinic for women with HIV infection. Professor Johnson has been the principal investigator in excess of 100 HIV studies.

Longret Kwardem

Laura Kwardem is a member of the UK Community Advisory Board (UK–CAB) and a graduate of the Sophia Forum Women Inspire, Support and Empower – Unleashing Positive Potential (WISE-UP+) workshop. She is passionate about the value of peer support and the meaningful involvement of People living with HIV in research, with a special interest in women and girls. She is an active public speaker and community advocate. She is currently involved with UK-CAB led community research and the evaluation of Salamander Trust 4M project

Fiona Lyons

Fiona Lyons
Dr. Fiona Lyons is a consultant in Genitourinary/HIV Medicine at the GUIDE clinic, St.James’s Hospital, Dublin. She is also the current Clinical Lead in Sexual Health, working with the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme on implementation of Ireland’s first national Sexual Health Strategy.  Dr. Lyons qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1992 and trained initially in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and completed her training in Genitourinary/HIV medicine in 2004. Her special interests include HIV in women; pregnancy and marginalised groups and models of STI service delivery. She is joint author on the Irish Guidelines for Management of HIV in pregnancy and joint clinical lead for HIV in pregnancy at the GUIDE clinic.

Nicola Mackie

Dr Nicola Mackie is a Consultant Physician and Head of Speciality for HIV at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT). Her research was in the field of HIV-1 drug resistance and she runs the weekly Virtual Clinic at ICHNT. She is also the Clinical Lead for the HIV Women’s Service at Imperial.

Fungai Murau

Fiona Lyons
Fungai is a passionate researcher in the HIV field with areas of interest being mental health and educating adolescent girls in making informed choices about their sexuality and wellbeing. Fungai studied at the renowned Institute of Development studies with her MA (poverty and development) dissertation focusing on the mental health of HIV positive undocumented migrant women living in the UK. She has continued to research in the area of mental health and successfully presented a poster at the 7th International Workshop on HIV & Women in Seattle (2017). Fungai is currently employed by The International HIV/AIDS Alliance as a Support officer in the Knowledge and Influence pillar. Fungai remains connected to the community as a Peer support programme volunteer at the Sussex Beacon in Brighton.

Angelina Namiba

Angelina Namiba
Ms Angelina Namiba has over 16 years’ experience of working in the HIV sector, working on initiatives including one-to-one support to people living with HIV, and facilitating, promoting and advocating for the involvement of women living with HIV in local and national strategy and policy. She is currently a Freelance Consultant and an Associate of The Salamander Trust. As a woman living with HIV for over two decades, she is passionate about advocating for the sexual health and reproductive rights of women living with HIV. She led the pilot “Mentor Mother” project From Pregnancy to Baby and Beyond with Positively UK, and has co-authored numerous reports for organisations including UNAIDS. Angelina is a member of various Advisory Boards including the BHIVA Primary Care working group, NHIVNA and the National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood, and she is a member of the RCOG Women’s Network.

Dr Neha Pathak

Fiona Lyons
Neha is a London-based clinical academic training in community sexual and reproductive health. Her research and clinical work focuses on reducing inequalities across sexual health and gynaecology to improve access to marginalised populations. She is driven by a desire to advocate for vulnerable women and practise evidence-based medicine with a clear focus on human rights.  Twitter: @nxpathak | Linkedin: 

Juno Roche

Juno Roche
Juno is Patron of cliniQ & a Trustee of the Sophia Forum, she has a long history of structuring campaigns around transgender equality in the fields of education, sexual healthcare and HIV. She has a wide range of  experience working with government, trade unions and corporate business.
Her work in the education sector has seen her receive the Blair Peach Award for outstanding contributions to equality, last year she was  shortlisted for European Campaigner of the Year and has been featured for the past few on both the Rainbow List and the World Pride Power List.
Her work has been described as both innovative and at the same time plain sense. Juno writes for a wide range of publications from Diva Magazine, Refinery29 to the Huffington Post, is a regular contributor to the media and is currently working on her first book.

Caroline Sabin

Caroline Sabin is Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at University College London (UCL) and is Director of the National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections, a partnership between UCL, Public Health England (PHE) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Caroline has worked for many years on the analysis of large observational HIV databases with a particular interest in raising awareness of the biases inherent in these databases; she is the principal investigator on the UK CHIC Study, the principal statistician on the D:A:D Study, co-principal investigator on the POPPY Study, and has worked with many other research groups in the UK and elsewhere.

Shema Tariq

Dr Shema Tariq is a Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research and Honorary Consultant in HIV/Sexual Health at Mortimer Market Centre, London. Her areas of interest and expertise are the reproductive and post-reproductive health of women living with HIV, and the use of mixed methods (combining quantitative and qualitative approaches) in public health research. Shema’s doctoral research explored HIV-positive African migrant women’s engagement in healthcare in the UK during and after pregnancy. She is currently the Chief Investigator of the PRIME Study, an NIHR-funded mixed-methods study investigating the impact of the menopause transition on HIV-positive women’s health and wellbeing.