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The UK’s largest Sexual Health and HIV Charity, The Terrence Higgins Trust, has appointed Dr Rosemary Gillespie as their new Chief Executive.

Rosemary GillespieWhen Sir Nick Partridge, the previous CEO, stood down from the role in November 2013 after nearly thirty years at the charity everyone was asking who’d take the helm of the UK’s largest Sexual Health and HIV charity.

Dr Rosemary Gillespie comes to The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) from AVERT, and international HIV/AIDS awareness charity, of which she was the CEO. Previous to AVERT she was also Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research for Breast Cancer Care, and Chief Executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

On her appointment Dr Gillespie said: Dr Gillespie said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive of this outstanding and iconic charity. I look forward to working with staff and volunteers in the next phase of development, growth and innovation, as we face new challenges in the fields of HIV and sexual health, and continuing attempts to eradicate prejudice and discrimination.”

Professor Chris Bones, Chair of Trustees at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “The Trustees are delighted to have secured Dr Gillespie as the new CEO. She brings a remarkable combination of clinical practice, health management and charity leadership at a critical time for our development. No organisation can stay still in the current economic climate and Dr Gillespie’s track record of successful change and innovation across a number of sectors will help us meet the challenges ahead in both HIV and the wider area of sexual health.”

Paul Ward, Acting Chief Executive, will remain in post for a transition period until March.

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