Meet our Trustees
Heather Leake Date – Co-chair (interim)
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 Heather assists with the planning and organisation of the World Aids Day candlelight vigil and names reading.
Heather also co-ordinates the World Aids Day church service. She 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.
Richard Jeneway - Co-chair (interim)
Richard joined the Board of Trustees in January 2018.
Richard, who co-founded the HIV charity Peer Action, brings a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and important insights into living with HIV. This includes ageing with HIV, social disadvantage and the complexity of challenges that HIV can still present for many people.
Richard has been directly involved in supporting people with HIV for many years, including facilitating group work and service provision.
Richard says: “The unique service that Lunch Positive provides, together with the fantastic contributions of volunteers, have such an impact on our HIV community.
I feel privileged to join the Lunch Positive Trustee Board. As this established and well-respected charity continues to grow from strength to strength I am very much looking forward to being a part of the process as a Trustee.”
Steven Foster - Secretary
As our organisation has developed, Steven has led on implementing many changes and developments, and for 4 years chaired the Board.
Steven is a priest in the Church of England, and also has experience of management and training of volunteers in the voluntary sector.
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.
Tim moved to Brighton in 1998 and has 30 years’ experience of supporting people with HIV. In addition to being a Trustee for Lunch Positive he has been 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. 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 has convinced 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.”
Chris joined the Board of Trustees in November 2018.
Chris who has experience of buddying with AIDS support services in Leicestershire, also sits on our management committee. He has been a fundraising coordinator in the local voluntary sector and is instrumental in fundraising for many local charities.
Chris says: “I’m thrilled to become a Trustee of Lunch Positive and with the other Trustees, service users and volunteers look forward to the charity’s continued success.”
Margot joined the Board of Trustees in November 2018.
Margot has worked in the voluntary sector both nationally and internationally on a range of initiatives that focus on engagement and empowerment through volunteering, and is particularly interested in peer support.
Margot says: “I have always had such admiration for Lunch Positive, what the team achieve together every week, and the impact it has on so many people’s lives. I am delighted to be part of the team and am looking forward to exciting times ahead for the organisation.”