The Team

Chair: Gianpiero Molinu (Pride Cymru)

Gian took over the reins of Wales’ biggest Pride in 2018 and continues to volunteer as a trustee.

After delivering a successful LGBT+ History Month event in the Senedd in February 2020, he and the team – due to the Covid-19 restrictions – took the annual Pride event online for a packed week of events last summer.

He’s also co-chair of the UK Pride Organisers Network, which supports around 200 Prides across the UK, increasing LGBT+ visibility and engagement with their local communities.

Alongside all of this, he is chair of Fast Track Cardiff & Vale.

Development Worker: Lisa Power

Lisa Power has worked and volunteered in HIV since before it had a name. After 14 years with Gay Switchboard, she spent 17 more with Terrence Higgins Trust, most of it as their Policy Director.

Lisa specialises in organisational development and was one of the founders of Stonewall. She is Chair of the global HIV Justice Network, a Trustee of Queer Britain and an Advisory Board member for Terrence Higgins Trust. Currently she is acting as Development Officer for Fast Track Cardiff & Vale.

Dr Darren Cousins (Cardiff Royal Infirmary)

Dr Darren Cousins is a Consultant Sexual Health & HIV at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. He has an interest in developing sexual health services related to men who have sex with men, with the aim of making healthcare more accessible and relevant to those who need it with the background of austerity, PREP and vaccination challenges.

As a postgraduate trainee, he was on the North West Medical Leadership Programme and used the time to develop networks in primary care commissioning of alcohol services and roll out HIV testing in acute settings.

Abderrahim el Habachi (Glitter)

A key figure and asset to the progression of LGBT+ ethnic minorities in Wales, Rahim is a committed LGBT+ volunteer and activist. An asylum seeker from Morocco, Rahim is the outreach officer and committee member for Glitter Cymru.

As the BAME outreach officer for Pride Cymru, Rahim continues to do vital work in connecting the LGBT+ community through various forms of activism and performance art, describing it as a “duty”. A HIV campaigner, Rahim continues to lend his insight to Fast Track Cities in south Wales, working with other organisations to fight for the eradication of HIV.

Professor Kerry Hood (Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University)

Prof Kerry Hood is the Director of the Centre for Trials Research College of Biomedical & Life Sciences at Cardiff University. Kerry has over 20 years experience in clinical and health services research, with a specific interest in evaluating interventions and inclusion. 

Kerry represents Cardiff University on the Steering Group and currently works in partnership with Public Health Wales evaluating the use of PrEP in Wales.

Cllr Ash Lister (Cardiff Council)

A passionate campaigner for LGBT+ rights and his local community , Ash is a Labour councillor for Grangetown in Cardiff.

Chair of Grangetown Community Action and Vice-Chair of Grangetown Primary School he was a driving force in pulling together a network of 150 local volunteers to help vulnerable residents during the recent Covid-19 lockdown.

Ash is quick to voice his concerns over matter’s affecting the LGBT+ community, recently lending his voice this year to speak up about the blood donation policies that restrict gay and bi men from donating blood.

Dr Jane Nicholls (Cardiff Royal Infirmary)

Jane is a consultant in sexual health and HIV and the newest arrival at Cardiff Royal Infirmary. She is one of the original members of Cardiff Fast Track Cities and has been involved since the beginning. She is interested in HIV prevention, testing for sexually transmitted infections and health inequalities. 

Jane also provides support for the British HIV Association (BHIVA) social media accounts. Her previous work includes research looking at new treatments for HIV and she is also a trustee for the charity Brigstowe.

Dr Jonathan Underwood (University Hospital of Wales)

Dr Jonathan Underwood is a consultant physician specialising in acute medicine & infectious diseases working in Cardiff. He has a research interest in HIV-associated comorbidities, particularly cognitive dysfunction, and he completed a PhD studying cognitive impairment in treated HIV-disease in 2017.

Jonathan was elected in 2019 as a British HIV Association (BHIVA) trustee to serve for a three-year term on the executive committee and the education and scientific subcommittee.

Dr David Gillespie (Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University)

Dave is a Senior Research Fellow based in the Centre for Trials Research College of Biomedical & Life Sciences at Cardiff University. He has been involved in the design, analysis, conduct, and reporting of clinical research since 2007. His research focuses on the prudent use of medicine for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

Dave currently holds a five-year post-doctoral research fellowship from Health and Care Research Wales which aims to understand and optimise how people in Wales use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Along with Kerry, Dave represents Cardiff University on the Steering Group and is responsible for the delivery of Fast Track Cardiff & Vale’s research strategy.

Dr Alessandro Ceccarelli (Research Associate)

Dr Alessandro Ceccarelli is a Research Associate with experience in both academia and the charity sector, especially managing stakeholders and campaigns.

His previous work included being President and Chair of Trustees of a Cambridge Students’ Union, particularly championing the rights of migrants and international researchers. He led several projects on equality and diversity issues, including helping to establish and secure funding for the first Cambridge Pride in 2019.

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