defaultGraham Brown is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Graham has worked in HIV community based organisations and health promotion research 20 years. He has qualifications in social marketing, health promotion, public health and program evaluation. Graham’s focus in his research is building evidence for effective community responses to HIV, and the role of community and peer based programs. Graham has also served on a number of state and national community and government HIV policy committees and was President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations from 2008 to 2011, and the Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Committee on STI/BBV from 2009 to 2014. Graham has been living with HIV since 1996 and is committed to a strong and effective community driven response to HIV.

defaultAaron Cogle is an experienced advocate for people living with and affected by HIV. Aaron has spent the last twelve years working for the British National Health Service as an HIV Programme Leader and before that for the AIDS Council of NSW. After founding the Gay Life North Staffordshire Health Promotion Project and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Charity in Stoke-on- Trent, England, he has now returned to Australia and is currently the Acting Director of the National Association of People with HIV Australia. Aaron has qualifications in Government Policy and Law. He is committed Poz Action (a collaborative operational arrangement of all people living with HIV (PLHIV) led organisations in the country) and to locating PLHIV at the very centre of the HIV response in Australia.

defaultCraig Cooper is the Executive Officer of Positive Life NSW and has been working in HIV since 2005. He has worked in NGO and public health services since 1990; with a background in managing HIV programs; court diversion programs; public policy; and in AOD services. He has previous experience as ACON Director of Community Health, NAPWHA Business Manager, and Executive Director for the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC). Craig holds a post graduate diploma in Clinical Drug Dependence Studies from Macquarie University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Sydney. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2002 and has been on treatments since being diagnosed. Craig has held the NAPWHA Secretary / Treasurer position for the previous 4 years, was the HIV representative on the AFAO Board for 2 years and is currently the Australian HIV positive representative to APN +.

defaultBrent Allan is the Chief Executive Officer of Living Positive Victoria and has been working in the community response to HIV/AIDS since the early 1990’s both in Australia and abroad. He has qualifications in health education, business, community services management as well as public and social health experience at all levels of government including local, state, and commonwealth and internationally with the UNDP in Eastern Europe. As a gay man living with HIV for the past 18 years he has been active in efforts to build the capacity of people living with HIV through advocacy, education and representation and has been the past Vice President of the National Association of People Living with HIV, Convener of the International Think Tank on Gay Men’s Health and was the Local Co-Chair for the Community Programme for the International AIDS Society Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014.

defaultMark Fisher is the Executive Director of Body Positive in New Zealand. He has been involved in the HIV sector since '92, initially in Australia and then in Toronto, Canada. This involvement has been at the Public Health level as well as the NGO level providing research, support and advocacy for people living with HIV. In 2013 he moved to New Zealand and took up the ED position with Body Positive who provide National peer support for PLWHA. His emphasis for the agency is to expand this support to include such initiatives as the PLDI and an enhanced network of peers across the country emphasizing the GIPA principles and the power of the positive voice.

defaultDarryl O'Donnell is the Executive Director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). He has 25 years’ experience working in HIV and broader health roles across the community, research and public sectors. During the 1990s he worked with AIDS Councils in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. He has served on the boards of the Victorian AIDS Council and ACON and is a former National President of AFAO. From 1999 to 2013, he worked for the NSW Government where he held a number of roles, including as the Director responsible for population health policy and programs including HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis. In that capacity he also led on many national initiatives. In 2013, Darryl was appointed Executive Director of the NSW Mental Health Commission. He returned to the HIV sector in 2015.

defaultSimon Ruth is Chief Executive Officer at the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC). VAC is Australia’s oldest AIDS organisation having been constituted at a public meeting in June 1983. Simon is a strong believer in community control of health services and is committed to developing leadership amongst people living with HIV. Simon believes that leaders created through the PLDI will contribute to developing a more robust HIV sector and combat stigma and discrimination. Prior to arriving at VAC twelve months ago, Simon worked at Peninsula Health where he managed a range of health programs including alcohol and drug services, needle syringe programs, youth services, indigenous health and aged care. He has previously worked for the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Youth Support and Advocacy Service Victoria. Simon is a past member of the Liquor Control Advisory Council and the Whole of Victorian Government Alcohol & Drug Strategy Expert Advisory Committee. Simon has been on the Board of the Victorian Alcohol & Drug Association for nine years and was its President for five years.

defaultMelissa Warner is the Principal Public Health Officer with the HIV Foundation Queensland and has been working in the HIV sector since 1994. She is a Registered Nurse who worked for many years in Indonesia with an HIV NGO and on the HIV ward at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. She has coordinated a UNAIDS project across 7 South-East Asian countries and spent several years with the Queensland Department of Health coordinating the Queensland HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STI Strategies. She has also previously provided secretariat support to several Ministerial Advisory Committees for HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs and the Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Organisations. Melissa completed her Master’s in Public Health in 2013 and presently oversees a number of HIV programs, research and grants, coordinates preventative health planning, strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the Queensland HIV Strategy.