DHIVA Committee Profiles

The current DHIVA committee members are listed below.

Chair – Clare Stradling

clare stradlingClare has worked in HIV for over 25 years, mainly at Heartlands HIV Service, which is now part of University Hospitals Trust in Birmingham. She is currently a clinical academic dietitian at the University of Birmingham.
Her research interests include: overcoming barriers to behaviour change, use of patient reported outcome measures during the consultation, prevention and treatment of HIV related metabolic complications

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Secretary – Sarah Cassimjee

Sarah Cassimjee - Secretary

Sarah trained at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal (South Africa). She worked in South Africa and Ireland before joining University Hospital Lewisham, London where she has been the HIV specialist dietitian since 2004.

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Membership co-ordinator – Zoe Rice

Zoe looks after the membership side of the dietitians in HIV care group. She is the Dietetic Services Manager for The Food Chain, a London based charity supporting people living with HIV. She has been working for The Food Chain for over three years and oversees the food delivery service, nutrition talks at communal meal and develops and teaches the nutrition element of their cooking and nutrition programme as well as offering individualised dietetic care to people referred.

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Professional Development Officer – Tracy Russell


Tracy Russell is a Specialist Dietitian at the  Regional Infectious Diseases Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

She trained at QMUC Edinburgh and has been working with HIV patients for approx 18 years, and Hep C patients for approx 10 years.

Her client group includes a high percentage of people with drug dependency, and HIV/Hep C co-infection.

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Treasurer – Emmy West

Emmy West DHIVA treasurerEmmy is a dietitian at the Food Chain, a nutrition charity supporting people living with HIV in London. She conducts nutritional assessments on the telephone and offers individualised advice, as well as delivering nutrition and cookery lessons for service users and provides face-to-face support at communal meals run by the charity. Alongside this role, she also works for a meals on wheels organisation providing nutrition support to older people at risk of malnutrition.

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Meetings Organiser – Samantha Brady

Samantha works within the areas of HIV, Oncology and Gastroenterology at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and also runs a dietetic clinic at the award winning HIV and Sexual Health clinic, 56 Dean Street in Soho.

She studied Human Nutrition & Dietetics at London Metropolitan University and has also volunteered for The Food Chain charity giving nutritional presentations to service users.

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Education and Training officer – Alastair Duncan

Al is a clinical academic dietitian. He is Principal Dietitian at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London where he has been working with HIV patients for over 20 years. He is a lecturer in Diabetes and Nutrition at King’s College London where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students training to be dietitians, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and pharmacists, as well as those studying nutrition and diabetes at an advanced level. His research interests include: treatment and prevention of metabolic comorbidities associated with HIV; how treatment of infections including HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis can impact future health; the quality of care experienced by patients; and how dietitians interact with patients.

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Information and Resources officer – Aofie Kinsella

Aoife is a specialist dietitian at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. She principally works  with people living with HIV, Oncology and gastroenterology patients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. She studied in both Ireland (University college Cork)  and the UK (London Metropolitan University).

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