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



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

Set up in August 2009, Salamander Associates is an umbrella for highly experienced consultants providing services including research, writing and training on HIV, gender, sexual and reproductive rights and GIPA.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to learn about our current Associates.

We believe that working collectively brings enormous advantages to any consultancy project. Working through a team approach, we are able to tap into a wealth of different experiences, knowledge, skills and expertise. Our Associates and contacts have a wide international geographical and linguistic coverage. We are able to work in English, French and Spanish fluently.

Salamander Associates strongly support the principle of GIPA (Greater Involvement of People living with HIV and AIDS). We ensure that for each project, the team includes people living with HIV and HIV negative consultants, working together on an equal basis. We are also firmly committed to mentoring as a part of our work, and aim to include new activists and consultants wherever possible.

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Other Services

In addition to providing external consultancy services, Salamander Associates also provide support to the Salamander Trust and associated projects. This includes:

Current Associates

LauraPulteneyLaura Pulteney is interning with the Salamander Trust helping to develop and implement the Stepping Stones communications strategy. In 2009 she worked in a Bureau d’Information Jeunnesse in Toulouse, an organisation whose aims are to improve social engagement and reduce exclusion of young people. She studied French and Spanish at Manchester University, which included a year abroad studying at the Université d’Avignon and Universidad de la Habana. After graduating she taught English at a Universidad Tecnológica in Mexico and at the Universidad de la Salle in Colombia. She has undertaken voluntary work in various capacities for Oxfam, Mind, Magic Carpet and Student Action for Refugees. In March 2016 she attended the East African training of trainers workshop for Stepping Stones with Children where she also picked up some very basic Ki-Swahili.

EllenEllen Bajenja has recently joined us as our Salamander Trust Africa Coordinating Consultant.

Ellen is a seasoned professional in gender, youth and Right to Health programming. She is committed to working with communities to ensure that young people access appropriate youth-centred, gender-equitable and rights-based SRH and HIV and AIDS services.  Strong leadership in programme design, research, community participatory training and advocacy in these contexts summarise her 25 years of professional experience.

Ellen has a passion for working with young people to harness their inherent strengths, to challenge factors that perpetuate their poor sexual and reproductive health, susceptibility to acquiring HIV and vulnerability to the negative impacts of AIDS.

Ellen has spent the last five years promoting Right to Health programming at ACORD, a Pan-African organization working for social justice in Africa. The Right to Health  programming resulted in strengthening focus on young people’s sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment needs and desires.

Ellen holds a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Masters in Public Health; where she specialised in young people’s safe motherhood as well as taking several short courses in global health in gender and SRH.

GillGill Gordon has over 40 years of experience in the development sector, and is a social development and health promotion specialist with particular expertise in gender, sexuality and community-based participatory approaches. She is currently working with The Salamander Trust and PASADA in Tanzania to develop an adaptation of Stepping Stones to support work with caregivers and children aged 5-14 years living with and/or affected by HIV. She worked with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance from 2003-2010 in HIV prevention and the integration of SRH and rights into HIV programming and policy. Her work focused on young people in and out of school, particularly in Southern and Eastern Africa and good practice in integrated programming. For example, she supported Marie Stopes International to measure their achievements in integrating HIV, sexual health and rights in their reproductive health programmes.

As a freelance consultant, Gill gained experience of using participatory methodologies, including visualisation and performing arts, for mobilising and supporting communities and groups at all stages of the project cycle. This supported them to analyse their local context and visualise their best futures and ways of reaching them, using personal, community and outside resources. Gill has been involved in the Stepping Stones programme from its inception, including training users, creating adaptations in Africa, Southern and SE Asia and monitoring and evaluation.  At the start of the HIV epidemic, Gill worked with International Planned Parenthood Federation, and contributed to establishing a broad sexual and reproductive health strategy which integrated HIV and AIDS and assisted Family Planning Associations to put this into action. Gill is the author/co-author of several popular books and learning materials including ‘Choices – a Guide for young people’.

SueHoldenSue lives in the North West of England with her partner and two children.  She has been working as an independent consultant for the past 13 years, mainly undertaking writing, training and evaluations with NGOs on mainstreaming HIV.  She is the author of publications on gender, alternative sexualities, and responding to HIV in workplaces and through development work (all available at Before becoming a consultant Sue worked for ActionAid in the UK and Uganda, and was Project Coordinator for the Stepping Stones training and adaptation project back in 1998.  She has a Masters Degree with High Distinction in Development Studies from the Flinders University of South Australia, and spends her spare time cycling, singing and playing saxophone.

AngieOriginally from Kenya, Angelina has over 16 years’ experience of working in the HIV sector. She has worked on initiatives ranging from providing one-to-one support to people living with HIV; managing service provision to facilitating, promoting and advocating for the involvement of women living with HIV in forming and informing local and national strategy and policy. Angelina also works with adolescents and young people living with HIV, where she supports them around various issues and coping strategies including HIV Treatment Literacy and general well-being around living with HIV.

As a woman living with HIV for two decades, Angelina is passionate about advocating for the sexual health and reproductive rights of women living with HIV. From 2010 – 2011 she led the planning, curriculum development and delivery of the pilot project ‘From Pregnancy to Baby and Beyond’ with Positively UK. This project featured in Salamander Trust’s “Rights, Camera, Action” participatory film training workshop. This project developed a sustainable model of education, information, emotional and practical support, for women living with HIV through ante- to post-natal care.

Angelina also sits on various national and international advisory boards regarding policy formulation. This includes the Women’s Network of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has also co-authored various articles in peer-review journals and UNAIDS reports.

Nell Osborne first worked as an intern for Stepping Stones in June 2011. However, she first came into contact with the Stepping Stones methodology whilst working with Plan Quito, on a voluntary basis, in Ecuador, in 2007. During her six months spent in Ecuador Nell volunteered with several charity organisations including the Casa “Maria Amor” in Cuenca, a refuge for abused women and their children. Nell attended the University of Birmingham to study English Literature and Cultural Studies. She graduated in 2010 with first class honours.  Since this time Nell has worked as a consultant with several NGOs, specialising in e-communications. She is currently working with Salamander Trust also in this capacity, in support of the Stepping Stones Community of Practice, the Stepping Stones website and the development of the new “Stepping Stones with Children” programme. Nell is fluent in Spanish and has a good working knowledge of French also.


MariJo Vázquez is Spanish and has worked as a translator, proof-reader and editor.  She loves communicating so everyday tries to improve her language skills.

After her HIV diagnosis in 1996, she trained and worked in counselling and group facilitation. She began by working in support group settings, later focusing on local and international training in gender and sexual and reproductive health andrights. She has represented the International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and HIV positive women at international level, including being a delegate to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board.  During her time as Chair of ICW (2005-2008), her focus was very much on increasing consultation, communications and accountability within ICW and its governing body.

Marijo has worked with Salamander Trust on several consultancies since 2009, including for IPPF, International Civil Society Support and WHO. She has recent experience of working in Latin America, SE Asia and the Middle East/North Africa region and she is currently involved with community competence through her work in The Constellation.