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Shelly Stoops

Shelly has been working with victims of rape and domestic and sexual abuse since the late 1990s. She is currently the Interim Manager of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

She has presented and delivered papers at a wide range of conferences on the subject of violence against sex workers. She was involved in writing and developing national good practice and has published on the subject of violence against sex workers in several journals.

Her specialist areas are violence against sex workers, sexual and domestic violence/abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation. She sits on local, regional and national forums relating to these issues.

Shelly was recently nominated for the Women in Public Life ‘Public Servant of the Year’ Award by Baroness Vivien Stern. She won the award and received it in London on 13th September 2011.

Mat Southwell

Mat has worked in the drugs and HIV fields as a practitioner, manager and activist for 30 years. Mat was an early harm reduction worker in the UK and in 1991 founded the pioneering Healthy Options Team (HOT), a harm reduction agency that employed peer workers and used community mobilisation strategies with people who use drugs (PWUD).

Mat went on to be Head of Service for the wider health-based drug services in East London until 1998. This included managing Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) programmes and reorganising drug treatment services to promote the involvement of General Practitioners and the effective management of PWUD with complex needs.

He has sustained an interest in developing collaborative peer and professional responses to new drugs trends and stimulant drugs. Mat has a particular interest in ketamine and recently gave evidence to the UK’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Working Group on Ketamine.

Mat is also an experienced drug policy and drugs/HIV global advocate.

Nigel Brunsdon

Nigel has over a decade of experience of working within needle and syringe programmes both as practitioner and a manager. He ran the popular harm reduction website, Injecting Advice.com, since the start of 2007.

In 2011 Nigel began his job as HIT’s Community Manager, managing HIT’s social media profile, as well as creating and managing a number of our online projects including naloxone.org.uk. He can normally be seen at our conference and harm reduction cafe events hiding behind a camera and has started moving his own work more towards documenting the harm reduction movements around the world.

He is passionate about harm reduction approaches to substance use, and is also the Deputy Chair of the National Needle Exchange Forum.