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The Gay Mens Health Collective have direct knowledge and experience of recreational drug use; and problematic drug use, withdrawal, and recovery. Others have been involved in the HIV and AIDS field, HIV prevention, and gay men’s health since the 1980s.

Martin Chandler

Martin has presented at both national and international conferences on a range of issues around IPED use and contributed to local and national government guidance on the provision of services for IPED clients. He provides training around anabolic steroid use to healthcare and other professionals, with a focus on service provision for this client group. He has also provided expert witness testimony in a number of high profile cases involving anabolic steroids.

Roweena Russell

Roweena has worked in the HIV and drugs field since the 1990s. She was on the board of and chaired IGLYO (International Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth and Student Organisation) from 1999-2001. In 2008 when part of the North Tyneside DAT Roweena developed the hiwecanhelp website. The NHS innovations award winning site has been part of Curb Office since 2010.

Julian Cohen

Julian Cohen has worked as a drug education writer and trainer and as a counsellor and group leader for almost 25 years. He is the author of many drug education teaching and training packs, card games, pamphlets and books, many of which have been published by HIT, DrugScope and Healthwise.

Pip Mason

Pip Mason is a trained nurse and counsellor and has worked in the addictions field since 1975 in day centres, rehabilitation centres, prisons and primary care.

Val Goff

Val Goff gained the Advanced Certificate in the Management of Substance Misuse 9 years ago and has over 11 years experience working in the substance misuse/addictions field, mainly within the Criminal Justice System. She is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Val delivers these two-day, certificated courses on a freelance basis for the NHS and various other organisations.


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