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Deborah Gold: determined to join the Magic Circle

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 12 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5471


Deborah Gold, 40, chief executive of NAT (the National Aids Trust), has been at the forefront of the battle to persuade NHS England to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis as a protection against HIV. In August NAT won a court ruling against NHS England’s claim that it had no powers to pay the cost. NHS England is appealing the judgment. Gold reached NAT by way of a career in charities, including Shelter, Stonewall Housing, Galop (the LGBT anti-abuse organisation), and London Voluntary Service Council. She read philosophy at Reading and also did a masters there in political theory and public ethics.

What was your earliest ambition?

When I was about 5 I discovered what diplomatic immunity was and was so excited by the possibilities that I decided to become an international criminal overlord with diplomatic immunity. This ambition did not last into my teenage years. …

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