Meet our trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the direction of the charity and to deliver the public benefits as stated in our governing document.

Trustee responsibilities include the leadership, governance and financial oversight of the charity to ensure it carries out its statutory obligations and remains financially secure at all times.

Trustees also have responsibility for staff and volunteer development, trustee succession planning and to develop sound relationships with external stakeholders. Trustees also promote the work of the charity and act as a spokesperson where required.

Vicky Lomas – Chair

Vicky was appointed Chair of our Steering Group in January 2020 and is now Chair of our Board of Trustees. As someone living with HIV Vicky believes absolutely in the benefits of peer support, particularly women, who are so often poorly represented in clinical trials and studies. Vicky has been supporting Plushealth in a volunteer role since 2018, reviewing and editing much of the original content for our website prior to the launch.

Vicky has experience of managing a catering business and has a keen eye for detail which is crucial in the development and success of any small business or charitable organisation. She is a qualified Peer Mentor and Mental Health First Aider with experience of providing online peer support.

Vicky volunteers for other HIV support organisations such as the My Community Forum and has contributed to the work of the Sophia Forum in the development of resources for women living with HIV and the menopause.

Contact: vicky.lomas@plushealth.org.uk

Gerard Creamer – Treasurer

Gerard joined our Steering Group in January 2020 to oversee compliance as Plushealth transitioned from a voluntary community group to a registered charity in England and Wales. Since September 2020 Gerard has taken up the role of Treasurer and oversees the financial management and reporting of the charity finances. He is responsible for setting and monitoring our budget and assessing the financial viability of funding proposals. He is the lead finance contact with the Charity Commission, HMRC and Pensions Regulator.

Gerard is an experienced compliance officer, working in the corporate field for a number of years. He has a wide knowledge of day-to-day safety management and is responsible for advising senior managers and directors on compliance policies and procedures for a global data centre and colocation provider.

Gerard has a keen focus on the drive to reduce the stigma felt by people living with or affected by HIV and the impact this can have on mental ill-health and emotional wellbeing.

Contact: gerald.creamer@plushealth.org.uk

Harun Tulunay

Harun has 10 years’ experience in the field of events and digital marketing and joined our Steering Group in January 2020. He has oversight of our marketing, branding strategy and digital marketing platforms. He is a trained Peer Mentor and currently Volunteer Co-ordinator with Positively UK.

Since his own HIV diagnosis in 2016 Harun has become an ambassador for others living with HIV and is keen to promote good sexual and reproductive health. He has also featured in HIV Prevention England ‘Start with Me’ campaigns. He speaks at corporate and public events sharing his life experiences to tackle HIV stigma and to raise awareness of HIV and mental health.

Harun has personal experience of discrimination, isolation and hostile environment many LGBTQ+ people experience, which has shaped his life experiences. He was born in Turkey and continues to support other gay men living in Turkey using digital platforms. He also manages a Turkish Blog providing up to date information about HIV and sexual health.

Contact: harun.tulunay@plushealth.org.uk

Lee Forster-Kirkham

Lee joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021. He brings a great deal of knowledge and experience of working in the charity sector. He is currently a Trustee and Vice-Chair of Citizens Advice 1066 and leads on equality and inclusion alongside fundraising. He was previously a Trustee at the Sara Lee Trust, a charity supporting people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Hastings and Rother. Lee is a Policy Manager at the Department of Transport and until recently was Chair of the LGBT staff network helping to create a more diverse, inclusive and equal workplace for LGBT civil servants.

Lee leads our income generation strategy and is keen to diversify income streams to ensure we remain financially viable as we continue to grow and develop our services into the future. Lee has several years experience of charity governance and is a good fit for Plushealth at this time in our development.

Contact: lee.forster-kirkham@plushealth.org.uk

Sean Hourigan-Golding

Sean joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021. He has over 10 years’ experience as a support worker in a variety of organisations, including Shelter and HIV charity Brigstowe. Sean has previously been a Trustee of Brigstowe before taking up a new role as Diabetes Peer Support Coordinator. In this new role he adapted the HIV peer support model to support people living with type 2 diabetes. His current role with Brigstowe is Development and Training Coordinator. Sean has been instrumental in setting up the Peer Partnership, an extension of the work achieved by Brigstowe in the area of HIV support.

Sean leads our HIV service development and volunteer strategy, where he brings experience of developing and adapting services to meet new challenges and ways of working. Sean founded Bristol ACTup which has successfully campaigned to overturn local funding cuts to HIV services and brought change across Police Forces in England in relation to the perception of HIV risk to Police Officers.

Contact: sean.hourigan@plushealth.org.uk

Shiraaz Chaim Sidat

Shiraaz joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021. He has held senior roles with a large e-commerce brand with global reach, focussing on the development of customer facing systems, financial and audit systems. Since his own HIV diagnosis, Shiraaz has focussed on supporting others to improve their sexual health, relationships, and emotional wellbeing.

His current role with The NAZ Project is SASH Sexual Health Care Coordinator, where he is responsible for the planning and delivery of high quality, innovative support for service users, reflecting person-centred values and a holistic approach to the development of health and care plans. He has also recently completed the British Psychological Society's Accredited Stage 1 Health Psychologist training at UCL.

Shiraaz leads on the development and design of how we measure our impact, reviewing our data collection to help better inform and measure our work. This work supports the development of our service delivery and income generation strategies to ensure we deliver appropriate services as new challenges and ways of working develop.

Contact: shiraaz.sidat@plushealth.org.uk

Why not become a trustee?
Becoming a trustee is an extremely valuable and rewarding way to support a charitable organisation and provides an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills for the wider public benefit. We expect to advertise and recruit new Trustees at least once a year. You can register your interest HERE at any time and we’ll be in touch to discuss things further with you.