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Deborah Gold to step down as Chief Executive of National AIDS Trust

Monday, February 5, 2024

Deborah Gold has today announced that she will be leaving National AIDS Trust this summer after nearly ten years as Chief Executive.  

Among her many achievements, in 2016 Deborah led National AIDS Trust in winning a landmark Judicial Review, and subsequent appeal, against NHS England’s decision to not commission the HIV prevention drug PrEP. Tens of thousands have gone on to benefit from the drug which is now routinely available on the NHS. She also led National AIDS Trust in convening the HIV Commission along with Terrence Higgins Trust and Elton John AIDS Foundation. Reporting in 2020, the Commission set out a plan for ending HIV transmissions in England by 2030, forming the foundation of the Government’s HIV Action Plan. In 2023 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Manchester in recognition of her work in HIV and beyond. 

Deborah Gold said: “Leading National AIDS Trust for close to ten years has been the greatest honour of my career. With the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people, inside and outside the organisation, every day in this job has been a pleasure. I am enormously proud of the achievements of our outstanding team who, alongside our partners, have made sure the HIV landscape in the UK is unrecognisable compared to a decade ago. This is now the right time for the organisation to flourish with new leadership. I know it will go on to have many more great successes in the future.” 

Professor Jane Anderson, Chair of National AIDS Trust, said: “On behalf the Board of Trustees I want to sincerely thank Deborah for her dedicated work over the past decade. Deborah has steadfastly steered National AIDS Trust through an unprecedented era which included significant changes to the funding landscape, huge developments in HIV, and COVID-19. Her strategic vision has taken the organisation to new heights, driving successes in access to PrEP, increased HIV testing and countering HIV stigma and discrimination. Along with our colleagues in the wider sector who have benefitted from her expertise, passion and leadership, we will miss her enormously. We wish her all the very best going forward; we know she will go on to achieve many more great things.”  

National AIDS Trust is now advertising externally for a new Chief Executive and applications close at 11:59, Sunday 3rd March 2024 – full details on the role and how to apply can be found here: Deborah is committed to supporting the organisation to transition effectively to new leadership.