Meet the team

Meet the Bradford team

Wellington Moyo - Local Services Coordinator


I have worked for Yorkshire MESMAC since 2007. I have worked with individuals and communities that are most at risk of HIV, doing prevention and social support. I have also coordinated national  HIV prevention programmes which include Testing Faith and Welcome Hear targeting faith leaders and newly arrivals respectively. I have vast experience of delivering  training to various community groups which includes medical professionals, and have delivered presentations on national conferences which include HPE, CHIVA and NHVNA. I have  passion for people and I try to make everything possible to help others have better lives.

Pronouns: he/him

M: 07872 398 573

E: w.moyo@mesmac.co.uk

E: bradford@mesmac.co.uk 

Jonathan Cookson - Community Development Worker


After studying for a degree in community education I began my career working in communities, ranging from young offenders to young children and families. I started working for MESMAC in 2006 and immediately loved the challenge and privilege of working with both LGBT communities and HIV+ communities. I feel lucky to be able to support people to achieve positive changes in their lives around their sexual, mental and physical health and take great satisfaction from seeing individuals and groups grow stronger and more resilient. I really enjoy my role at MESMAC because no two days are ever the same and I get to meet such wonderful and interesting people. If you think we can help in anyway please get in touch, we look forward to meeting you!

M: 07810 550 534

E: j.cookson@mesmac.co.uk

Ryan Walsh - Community Development Worker HIV Prevention, Support and Skills Development


I’m Ryan one of the Community Development Workers in Bradford. I work on the Older LGBT+ Adults Project and the core Bradford contract for HIV Prevention, Support and Skills Development. I have been employed at Yorkshire MESMAC since April 2019 and have enjoyed spending time in a workplace and around people who are compassionate about their work, and as a queer man, working with the wider LGBT+ community. I have previously volunteered for Yorkshire MESMAC across a variety of projects such as West Yorkshire Queer Stories, BLAGY – Bradford Youth Group and HIV Prevention Outreach. The thing I enjoy most about my roles at Yorkshire MESMAC is the focus on empowering people to take action and create sustainability in services that are vital to our communities

M: 07709 673 780 

E: r.walsh@mesmac.co.uk

Christine Blessing - Counselling Coordinator


Having worked therapeutically in a variety of settings I have been in role with Yorkshire MESMAC for approximately 7 years.  I am a passionate ally for the communities we support and believe in promoting positive wellbeing through the sharing of self-help tools and techniques and our lived experiences.  I aim to empower and help facilitate peoples own ability to build their emotional resilience and manage/maintain their mental health.  

Pronouns: She/Her 

M: 07771 931 327 

E: counselling@mesmac.co.uk

Rosie Ellingham - Training and Comms Coordinator


M: 07551 152 665 

E: r.ellingham@mesmac.co.uk

Daisy Dooks - Digital Engagement Worker

Verity Smith - Community Development Worker for Total Men's Health and The Living Well Project

I have worked for MESMAC since 2018, previously working in and around sport and mental health as well as inclusion within sport. I enjoy being able to support and create an inclusive environment around mental health and sport through different projects and to see the change in people that come into our service. 

working with the younger LGBTQ+ community enables me to give something back and support and encourage positive change. Through the training I work on being able to see that people can learn and have a greater understanding to help further support their work and breaking down barriers to the LGBTQ+ community accessing further services.

Pronouns: he/him 

M: 07900 740 269 

E: v.smith@mesmac.co.uk

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