Lunch Positive is constituted as a charitable trust and is registered as a charity in England & Wales with the Charity Commission.
The organisation is managed by a board of trustees. Trustees meet regularly to oversee the running of the charity. Our trustee board is comprised of people who have a range of experience and expertise to undertake effective management of the organisation; and includes people who live with or are affected by HIV.
Steven Foster (Chair)
Steven was born and bred in Wednesbury in the West Midlands, and has a home in Brighton since 1999. Steven is a priest in the Church of England. Working for sometime outside of parish structures, mainly for 10 years as Gallery Supervisor at Tate Modern in London, he has experience of management and training of volunteers. Being chairperson of school governors over many years he has been involved in the implementation of statutory and non-statutory policies, governance of trusts and finance. He has worked alongside those living with HIV, both personally and professionally for many years, and brings to Lunch Positive a lively and trusted personality, with wide ranging skills. Over the time that our organisation has developed, Steven has led on implementing many changes and developments, and chairs a Board of highly engaged, knowledgeable and skilled trustees.
Tim moved to Brighton in 1998 and has 30 year’s experience of supporting people with HIV. In addition to being a trustee for Lunch Positive he is a Benefits Adviser at Terrence Higgins Trust.
Tim says “I started volunteering in HIV in 1986. Many of my friends had already been diagnosed or had died from HIV. Volunteering was a way for me to cope with feeling so helpless as my friends became unwell and died. I then came to provide benefits advice because it was a practical way of helping the many people who lost their employment following the breakdown in their health. It was challenging work and continues to be so. With my own diagnosis in 1990 my work increased in personal importance to me and continuing in this work with a very limited life expectation gave me huge rewards. With the introduction of new drug therapies for HIV my life expectations, if not my health, improved. My day to day work as an adviser convinces me of the continued need for specialist services. HIV continues to have huge challenges for people with HIV and remains a diagnosis uniquely isolating. The benefits of a service like Lunch Positive to meet others in an informal social environment, fosters peer support and combats social isolation. Sharing a regular healthy lunch benefits individuals physically and emotionally and Lunch Positive does so much more! I am very proud be part of the team and bring the experience and insight gained through three decades of involvement in supporting people with HIV.”
Heather Leake Date
Heather has worked in Brighton & Hove as a hospital pharmacist in the HIV speciality since 1991 and is now Consultant Pharmacist for HIV and Sexual Health at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (one of the largest HIV centres in the UK and the hub of the Sussex HIV Network). She brings to her role as a Trustee a wealth of relevant management and governance experience, and a wide range of contacts in voluntary and statutory organisations involved in service provision for people with HIV.
Heather has also been an ordained Methodist presbyter (minister) since 2004, when she established the Sussex HIV Chaplaincy, with the support of Churches Together in Central Brighton. The Chaplaincy is one of the members of the Brighton and Hove World Aids Day Community Partnership (which also includes Lunch Positive), and she assists with the planning and organisation of the World Aids Day candlelight vigil and names reading. She also co-ordinates the World Aids Day church service. Heather is based at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church and has actively supported the work of Lunch Positive since its inception, including regular visits to the lunch club.
Heather says “I am passionate about working in partnership with people living with HIV to help improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and I am delighted to be a part of the Board of Trustees.”
Rosemary Faulkner Mitchener (Secretary)
Rosemary works in the Adult Social Care Team at the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust, supporting people with HIV, and has previous working experience in the Learning Disability Service, the Civil Service, as a school governor and a member of a church council. Throughout her career Rosemary has held positions of significant responsibility for people and project management, HR, administration, and compliance with legal frameworks. At Lunch Positive, Rosemary fulfils the trustee role of secretary for the charity.
Rosemary says “I am delighted to be part of the trustee team and to fulfil the secretary role. I have always had a strong passion for supporting my local community, and I look forward to applying my skills to Lunch Positive and the important work that it does.”
Gary Pargeter – Service Manager
Gary is the Service Manager at Lunch Positive, responsible for the operational planning, delivery and development of services. Gary brings extensive experience of supporting people with HIV, having been actively involved professionally and personally over three decades. Appointed to the post of Service Manager in 2015, Gary founded Lunch Positive in 2009, and had previously volunteered for seventeen years in local HIV services.
Gary has wide ranging working experience of the community and voluntary sector, catering management, regional service management, human resources, business development.
At Lunch Positive, Gary leads a large team of volunteers involved in an extensive range of roles including the delivery of the HIV Lunch Club, community fundraising, community engagement, project management, administration, and service development. The volunteer team is diverse, cohesive, highly motivated, and performs highly to ensure the achievement of outcomes for service users and the charity’s aims.
In addition to his operational post at Lunch Positive, Gary volunteers for Brighton & Hove Community Works to represent local voluntary sector and LGBT/HIV organisations at the Brighton and Hove City Council Local Strategic Partnership, and chairs the LGBT/HIV Small Groups Network, an organisational networking and capacity building project.
Gary says “I feel privileged to serve the charity and the HIV community. I was diagnosed HIV positive in 1992. Since that time I have experienced and seen that life with HIV has evolved and changed for many, but can still be turbulent, unpredictable and can present many challenges. I have a deep-rooted belief in community and what can be achieved when people spend time together and support each other. Volunteering has been a hugely important and massively formative part of my life, and I am passionate that this should give everyone involved the best possible experience for others and themselves. We have an amazing volunteer team, great members and peer-supporters, and I look forward to us giving all of our very best for the HIV community through our work at Lunch Positive.”
To view the Job Description for Service Manager, view here:
JOB DESCRIPTION LUNCH POSITIVE SERVICE MANAGER
The Board of Trustees meets regularly throughout the year to discuss governance matters, including operational performance and strategic development, beneficiary group outcomes, charity aims and mission; trustee sub-group responsibilities and task management; organisational performance and strategic development; finances, risk and statutory compliance.
Trustees lead these meetings, with voting powers. Where agendas allow, meetings are also attended by the Service Manager and any other invited participants in non-voting capacities to inform, assist and support.
A summary of Board meetings can be viewed here: Lunch Positive Board Meetings Summary
Charity Commission Registration
The Charity Commission regulates charities registered in England and Wales. Their website gives information on charity law, governance, and holds information for all registered charities. To view the Charity Commission website, and to view our entry visit: Charity Commission – Lunch Positive
Details of of our recruitment process can be viewed here. Our most recent trustee recruitment process took place in November 2015-March 2016.
Lunch Positive Trustee Recruitment
Trustee Skills Audit 2015
Board Skills Audit 2013
The charity has a financial reserves policy. This policy is summarised on Trustees Annual Reports that are sumbitted each year to the Charity Commission, and can be viewed on their website. In the interest if transparency to stakeholders, the full policy most recently agreed can be viewed here: Reserves Policy 2015-16
Contacting the Trustee Board
The Trustee Board can be contacted in writing to:
Trustee Board, Lunch Positive. Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
or by e mail to: [email protected]