We're happy to announce two new trustees to the Advocacy: Bella Starling and Deborah Kempson-Wren.
Bella Starling PhD FRSA is a Wellcome Engagement Fellow. Her role is as Director of Public Programmes, Central Manchester NHS Trust and she is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester.
Bella has a passion for public engagement with science and her expertise lies in strategic thinking, planning and effective communication. She combines a thorough understanding of scientific research, public engagement with science, biomedical ethics and science policy.
Bella studied at the French lycée in London where she was a classmate of Alex Irvine and moved to Edinburgh to do her BSc and PhD at the University. We're pleased to and know that her knowledge of biomedical research and patient involvement and advocacy will benefit our work at the Advocacy.
Deborah Kempson-Wren received her BA Hons 1st class from Sussex University and Masters in both Public Administration and Executive Coaching and Mentoring, the former in Australia and the latter in London. Her work has been varied and in different sectors.
Most recently she has been Programme Manager, working with the Director Safety, Health & Sustainability at the Francis Crick Institute in London where she has supported the Director through the complex challenges associated with migrating 850 science laboratories from Cancer Research UK and the MRC into the new purpose built Crick facility in Kings Cross. Key results include working strategically with the Executive to raise the profile and credibility of the new Health & Safety team and its work-to increase engagement and buy in to important policies.
Deborah’s ability to manage critical issues and working with ambiguity, her strategic and critical thinking skills and her positivity, orientation to activity and focus on solutions will bring someone who sees the big picture and help our advocacy to connect well all the parts of our important work.
We thank both Bella and Deborah for offering their talents to support the work of the Advocacy.