FORMER  Victorian AIDS Council and Gay Men’s Health Centre treasurer Greg Carter has been elected the 19th president of the organisation following outgoing president Michael Williams’ resignation.

2014 will be a significant year for VAC/GMHC, with the international HIV and AIDS conference to be held in Melbourne in July and the organisation facing the challenges of a changing landscape around HIV prevention.

“I am very honoured to become president at this point in the organisation’s history,” Carter said.

“As we look forward to the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, we are poised on the brink of very exciting developments with regard to treatment as prevention.”

Carter’s appointment comes amid community concern regarding major changes to the group, including a shake-up of the board at the last AGM and the sudden departure of former CEO Matt Dixon in October, leaving former health promotion manager Colin Batrouney in the role.

Former president Kirsty Machon was also elected vice-president and Glenn Pannam became treasurer.

New board members include Deborah Sykes, Christ McDermott and Mo El-Leissy, and returning members John Manwaring and David Meija-Canales.

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