DHIVA Committee Profiles

The current DHIVA committee members are listed below.

Chair – Sorcha Kenny

Sorcha Kenny - ChairSorcha is a Specialist HIV and Gastro Dietitian at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Prior to this, she spent a year and a half as a HIV and Renal Dietitian  at King’s College Hospital and before that,one year working as a HIV Dieititan for the Food Chain and at Mildmay Hospital.

She studied Dietetics at London Metropolitan University and  Nutritional Science at University College Cork.

Karen Percy  will be stepping down as DHIVA chair and going on maternity leave. We thank her for all her hard work and wish her luck. She will resume as Chair of DHIVA on her return from maternity leave.

Sorcha Kenny will be stepping in as Chair in Karen’s absence. Contact the DHIVA chair.

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.
Contact the DHIVA secretary.

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.

For membership queries e-mail the membership co-ordinator.

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.
Contact DHIVA professional affairs.

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.

Contact the DHIVA treasurer.

Meetings Organisers – Kirsty Marshall and Julie Lanigan

Kirsty currently works as a Dietitian & Extended Service Lead at St. George’s Hospital. Prior to this she worked at Chelsea and Wesminster Hospital. Julie currently works at UCL Institute of Child Health as Principal Research Associate within Childhood Nutrition Research.

Both have extensive experience working in HIV.


Education and Training officer

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Information and Resources officer

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