HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has fired its chief executive, saying that ‘a change of leadership is needed for the next stage of the organisation’s development.’

Dr Rosemary Gillespie took over from founder Sir Nick Partridge just 15 months ago. In a statement, Robert Glick, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said that she has been the driving force in developing a new strategy for the charity, and in making certain they have ‘a solid organisational and financial footing for a more sustainable future.’

‘One of Rosemary’s most lasting legacies,’ he continued, ‘will be the exceptionally gifted and skilled team of executives she has recruited and managed, who together lead our talented and dedicated staff.’

The Board asked Gillespie to step down from her position with immediate effect. It is not known how much it will cost the charity in terms of redundancy money and legal fees.