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About Our Work:

The Salamander Trust was created to challenge, catalyse and transform the way we think about AIDS

The Salamander Trust is a young, small, organisation with a global reach. Throughout all our work, each of our different projects seeks to challenge us all to:
  •  develop greater understanding of the issues
  •  catalyse new initiatives and
  •  transform the way we think about HIV
You can read about all the work that we do by visiting other pages of this website.

Salamander Trust is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and as a registered charity in the UK. We are also registered for Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC ).

If you would like to support our work...

we would be most grateful. Please either CLICK on the link to Virgin Money Giving at the top of this page; or you can send a cheque to us at our registered address, at the bottom of this page, together with your address or email, so that we can acknowledge your kind support. For those of you who are UK tax payers, it would then also be possible for us, through Gift Aid, to increase the value of your kind donation by 20%. Thank you!

About Us:

Alice Welbourn (Founding Director and Chair of Trustees):

Alice has worked on international gender and health issues for over 25 years. After completing a PhD at Cambridge University, she lived and worked in rural areas of East, Southern and West Africa for several years, as an international development consultant. Diagnosed HIV positive in 1992, she wrote a training package on gender, HIV, communication and relationship skills called “Stepping Stones” (, now widely used across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and beyond.

Alice's former positions include: former International Chair of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (; former member of the Leadership Council of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS;  former member of the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Network steering committee. 

Alice's current positions include: current member of the UNESCO Global Advisory Group for sex, relationships and HIV education; co-founder and current chair of the SOPHIA Forum: the UK Chapter of the Global Coalition. ( Alice is also honoured to be a member of the recently-formed UNAIDS Global Dialogue Platform of women living with HIV. 

Alice was one of 14 women to be honoured by the WorldYWCA in July 2007 with an award for innovative leadership in the global response to HIV. She received the honour of being elected as Alumnus of the Year for 2012 by Clare College, Cambridge University. Alice also holds an Honorary University Fellowship at Exeter University Medical School, England, where she is an occasional tutor in medical humanities to undergraduate medical students. 

About Our Other Trustees:

Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis holds a PhD from Cambridge University. She teaches each Spring semester as Professor of Literature and Gender Studies in the School for Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Involved in the Women’s Movement and feminisms from the 1970s, since 1986 her interests in cultural representation, theatre, participative educational processes, cross-cultural collaborations and the politics of gender have linked actively with a wide range of initiatives in HIV and AIDS prevention education and capacity building. She has worked on gender-focused HIV awareness and prevention in England, Nordic countries, Estonia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, DR Congo, Burundi, Sudan, Somalia, Senegal. She led the NIKK Living for Tomorrow 3-year project with young adults in Estonia, and her HIV work has included collaborations with the Norwegian Refugee Council, IPPF, Care International, WAGGSS. She is the project initiator and executive producer of the Norad-funded film Protection (110 min creative documentary, 2010) shot in Sierra Leone, Kenya and S. Africa, to increase discussion of the challenges and importance of condom protection among men and boys in the era of HIV. Her home base is in England.

Jane Tewson

Jane Tewson CBE has created a number of innovative charitable (non-profit) organisations and initiatives for community strengthening, notably in the UK and Australia. These include Charity Projects, which gave birth to Comic Relief,, Pilotlight UK, Pilotlight Australia (now known as Igniting Change, and Timebank. Igniting Change proudly returns 15 times the investment in it to support courageous community projects; has produced three best selling books for social change, "Change the World for Ten Bucks" and "Dying to Know – bringing death to life"; and "Our World Inside Out - a notebook for the heart as well as the mind." Jane believes charity can be "active, emotional, involving and fun", by building connections between people of different backgrounds, cultures, wealth, and social positions. Her approach argues for "people getting directly involved and giving themselves.....". This "embraces human connection as a vital part of social change". Jane has been a trustee of several charities, and currently serves on the boards of Virgin Unite in the UK and Australia; and on the board of the Reichstein Foundation. Jane lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband and two sons.

About Our Associates:

Salamander is very fortunate to have a wealth of expertise amongst our Associates.

Please click here for their details:

About Our Official Partners:

Salamander Trust is delighted to work with many partners around the world, through our Stepping Stones International Community of Practice, through our research and through our global advocacy work.

In particular we have six official partners. These are as follows, in alphabetical order:

  ATHENA Network    Development Connections   NESSA Uganda       PASADA  Positively UK      Strategies for Hope



Salamander Trust is registered in the UK with the Charity Commission, registration number 1143381. We are also registered with Companies House, registration number 06734362.

Our registered address is Salamander Trust, c/o Positively UK, 345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR, UK.