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Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
I am a late arrival in academia. The beginning of my 25-year career was spent promoting people's participation in the health and community sectors in the UK. In a varied series of jobs I have established new departments, projects and organizations - inter alia pioneering hospital patient information and advocacy services as the first Quality Manager of Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham; establishing community groups; setting up a national art award; and being the first Executive Director of the Community Foundation in Derbyshire. While working at Nottingham Community Health Council and at the King's Fund in London I was able to influence healthcare policy and practice locally and nationally, and have contributed publications, workshops and conference talks to my various areas of involvement. My track-record in the field of community foundations is based on successful practical experience in Derbyshire and extensive learning gained from contact with colleagues in Europe and North America. I served from 1997 - 2003 on the Board of the UK's national support organization for community foundations, Community Foundation Network, and have been a member of the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network since 2000. I am now applying these skills and learning as a development practitioner in Egypt, where, with my husband and colleagues, I have established the first community foundation in Egypt: the Community Foundation for South Sinai, which I chair along with our partner foundation, the South Sinai Foundation (UK). Most recently I have researched the impact of conservation and development on bedouin lives and livelihoods in South Sinai, obtaining my PhD from the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. I am committed to spending the rest of my working life contributing to the academic understanding of the position of South Sinai Bedu, and securing improvements in their condition.
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