Board of Trustees
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Helen Belcher – Acting Chair
Helen is one of the founders and directors of Trans Media Watch, a charity set up in 2010 to encourage the British media to report trans and intersex issues with accuracy, dignity and respect. She first came to public prominence giving the charity's evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in February 2012. As well as media, she also campaigns on healthcare for trans people and was the keynote speaker at the Trans Health Matters conference in 2014. She also has strong views on the changes required to gender recognition, and has been a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity since 2011. She was placed joint 13th on the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2013.
Helen is happily married and has two teenage children. She is a governor at a local secondary school, and sings in a local choir. In her spare time she has run a small but steadily growing software company since 2004, which pays the bills.
Hannah is currently Projects Coordinator at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue on the Islam, Diversity and Social Cohesion programme. With a background in equality and diversity, particularly in relation to faith, interfaith and LGBT issues, Hannah is currently specializing in the use of social media within these contexts to influence attitudes, tackle intolerance and inspire social change. Hannah recently established Nothing Holy About Hatred, a social media campaign which brings together people of all faiths, denominations and non-religious beliefs to take a pledge against homophobia within their own communities.
Previously, Hannah worked as Community Development Officer at Kirklees Faiths Forum, an organisation which works to build interfaith relations and improve community cohesion in Kirklees in Yorkshire. She has extensive experience in equality and diversity within the pubic, voluntary and community sectors, including previous experience as a trustee for Yorkshire Mesmac and a steering group member for Kirklees Council’s LGBT Employee Network.
Hannah has a BA (Hons) (International) in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Leeds University, where her studies included Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Buddhism, Islam, the Hebrew Scriptures, Multiculturalism, and Muslims in Modern Britain. As part of her degree, she studied abroad for a year at the University of South Carolina.
Lee currently runs his own consultancy company called Bright Ideas Consulting.
Sal has been involved in LGBT health for over 16 years and his experience in the sector ranges from being a volunteer at Yorkshire Mesmac to more recently, co managing HIV prevention and health promotion programmes for LGBT and MSM (men who have sex with men) communities.
Through out his work and personal life, Sal continues to strive to ensure LGBT and the diverse communities within, remain on the strategic agenda, and that LGBT communities have access services that offer choices to give people the best quality of life possible.
He is currently a Co-Director for Trade Sexual Health, the LGB HIV prevention and health promotion charity based in Leicester. He has considerable experience of working with marginalised groups, in particular those that have experienced stigma, prejudice and discrimination, enabling them to address health inequalities through community engagement and empowerment.
Catherine joined HERG at Brunel University as a Reader in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in September 2012. She completed her Medical Degree in 1983, Masters' Degree in Information Technology for Management in 1994, PhD in Psychology in 2006 (on emotional disclosure in health) and Masters' Degree in Public Health in 2010. Before coming to Brunel she held roles as Senior Lecturer in HTA at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and previously at The Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Birmingham. When at Birmingham, she ran the West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, producing systematic reviews and HTAs for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Technology Assessment Programme and other customers such as the National Institute for Health Research and the DVLA.
Currently she manages the Brunel part of the University of Birmingham / Brunel University External Assessment Centre (EAC) who work with the NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. This identifies, evaluates and encourages adoption of new or novel medical devices and diagnostic technologies with potential to improve the experience and outcomes of patients in the NHS and/or to drive efficiencies in the use of health service resources.
Catherine has published systematic reviews and HTAs in a wide variety of health topics including photodynamic therapy in age-related macular degeneration, new drugs for Crohn's disease, structural neuroimaging in psychosis and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health.
She has been conducting research into LGBT health since 1992. Her work in this area includes publications, lectures to undergraduate medical students, an award-winning elearning package for GPs and input to steering committees for LGBT health conferences. One of her systematic reviews was instrumental in obtaining funding for a specialist LGBT health centre currently being set up in Birmingham.
The Board and staff team would like to extend their thanks to Myles Kunzli and Greg Ussher who recently stood down after many years of service to the organisation as Trustees.