Derek Bodell spent nine years up until 2003 as Chief Executive of the UK 's National AIDS Trust, which specialises in policy analysis, development and advocacy. Derek's role included strategic planning, representing NAT in the media, fundraising and operational management. He has been at the forefront of the campaign to persuade the UK government to provide resources to tackle the global pandemic and has played a leading role in the campaign to secure the UK 's support for developing HIV vaccines and microbicides. In that capacity he helped to establish, with other European partners, AIDS Action Europe - a partnership of HIV organizations aimed at influencing the European response to HIV both within the European Union and internationally.
Derek has worked with UNAIDS to establish an independent World AIDS Campaign and to assist the campaign in its advocacy on HIV aimed at the G8. In his work with UNAIDS he has facilitated planning meetings of HIV advocacy NGO’s both in Europe and Africa. Derek led the creation of The Diana, Princess of Wales, Lecture on AIDS which has become recognised as a key platform AIDS. Lecturers include UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former US President Bill Clinton and Justice Edwin Cameron. Prior to his time at NAT, Derek was responsible for overseeing the development of HIV services in South London and Southern England. From 1988 he was responsible for key areas of development in the UK 's public education campaign. Before that, Derek lived in New York, where he worked as a counselor with families affected by HIV in Bedford Stuyvestant, Brooklyn, and as a volunteer group leader for Gay Men's Health Crisis.
Derek has acted as an advisor and contributor to European and global consultations on HIV and is currently the Vice Chair of the UK Government appointed Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV for England and a member of the Board of HIV Scotland.