Making life better
for people with HIV…
we’re here to help.


Chairman – Mr Ian Govendir
Ian has a Master’s in Marketing and has worked as Head of Individual Giving at British Red Cross, CEO of the British Lung Foundation and head of Development at the National Deaf Children's Society. He has taught marketing and fund-raising at London Metropolitan University, Southbank University and the Institute of Fundraising. In 2009 he founded the international development charity AIDS Orphan. He also sits on the board of Stop AIDS and is a Council member of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He travels regularly to Kenya and India to visit AIDS Orphan's projects.

Treasurer – Mrs Frances Forsbrey
Frances retired from Barclays Bank after 35 years’ service, having started as a junior in 1963. After passing her banking exams she progressed through various management positions and teams, culminating in Personnel Management. For the next 13 years she held the position of PA to the CEO of an Insurance Consultancy, from where she retired in 2011. She now divides her time between home and family, helping with a local club that supports community members with learning difficulties, and supporting her local church. She also likes gardening and reading.

Secretary – Mr Nimrod Ben-Cnaan
Nimrod is head of public affairs at the Law Centres Network. He also represents the equality, law and advocacy college in the Members Assembly of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). A former academic, he was awarded a PhD in European Studies by University College London (UCL). He has been volunteering with HIV projects in Israel and the UK since the late 1990s.

Trustee – Ms Angela Byakwaga
Angela has a BA hons in Early Childhood Studies from Middlesex University and a PgCert in Public Health and Health Promotion from Southbank University. She has worked at the Mortimer Market Centre, one of Europe’s leading STI & HIV clinics, since 2006.

Trustee – Rev. Christopher Rogers
Chris has a Masters in Metallurgy, followed by a second degree in Management, which led him into working in research for the UK government. This was followed by a move to the Steel industry in Sheffield.
In the late 1970s he started his ordination training in Manchester and, in 1981, was ordained at Derby Cathedral. Initially he worked in Chesterfield, followed by Derby, and then on to his first Rector's position in a small country parish in Sherwood Forest. This was followed by a post in Burnley and finally into London Diocese in 2000, as Vicar of Ashford (near Heathrow). Having lost a close friend to AIDS in the late 1980s, he got involved with HIV work in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This continues to date with both the AIDS Orphan charity and, most importantly, Cara Trust.

Trustee – Dr Pepe Catalan
Pepe worked for 26 years as an NHS Consultant in General Hospital Psychiatry (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust), and set up and developed the mental health service for people with HIV at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1989. In a career including both academic and clinical work, Pepe has held research posts at the University of Oxford, and at Imperial College, London, where he was Reader in Psychiatry. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and has co-authored and edited five books. Pepe's current research interests include the psychological and social aspects of ageing with HIV, and the evolution of services for the care of people with HIV in the UK since the start of the epidemic in the 1980s. He has been a founding member (1990) of the International Board of AIDS IMPACT, and continues to be involved in the organization of international meetings about the psychosocial aspects of HIV.









Director – Chris Woolls
Chris has a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management from City University. He was previously director of Staffordshire Buddies and Health Promotion Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust South. He served on the Government's Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV from its formation in 2003 to its abolition in 2010 and as Chair of Central West London Sexual Health and HIV Forum from 2010 – 2012. He is also a Trustee of Clapham Relief Fund and Wandsworth Oasis.

Volunteer development worker – Alex Huggins
Alex's background is in PR publishing. She then became a full time mother until her children started school, when she started to work for Cara part-time. She has an NVQ Level 4 in the Management of Volunteers.

Fundraiser & Evaluation Officer – Miatta Tucker
Miatta has a BA hons in  Politics and International Relations. Whilst studying for her undergraduate degree she volunteered for a rescue mission centre for homeless residents within the San Francisco community. She joined Cara from her previous role as a fundraiser involved in raising funds for elderly people who were faced with abuse. Previous to her fundraising role she was a Grants Intern at an NGO which was established in consultation with  international experts in conflict resolution and democratic advancement. She has also been involved with working with young people to aid them towards creating a campaign on issues that affect them and their communities.  

African Programme – Helen Byatereka
Social Work Manager – Clive Preece

Social Worker – Fiona Reid
Employment Support – John Williams
Student Social Worker – Wadi Baker