Fellows' updates: March 2021

The Churchill Fellowship is a national network of 3,800 inspiring individuals leading change in every area of society. Here is the latest news on how they are sharing their ideas and putting their insights into practice across the UK.

Children in care: Social entrepreneur Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang (CF 2018) discussed how trauma affects children in care at an online event organised by NSPCC on 4 March. Emmanuel’s Fellowship researched residential care provision and he is now championing a new model of children’s homes in the UK.


Community: Care farm director Joy O'Neill (CF 2020) spoke at the Feedback International Women’s Day event on 8 March. The event focused on women in food and farming, and Joy discussed her Fellowship project, which will explore care farming in rural communities to promote wellbeing.


Crime: Forensic scientist Leisa Nichols-Drew (CF 2018) appeared on Crimewatch (BBC1) on 16 March to discuss her recent research on preventing knife crime. Leisa carried out the research following findings gathered during her Fellowship, which explored forensic science approaches to knife crime investigations.


Disability inclusion: Music specialist David Stanley (CF 2019) was named a Community Hero by the UK Community Network this month. The honour is in recognition of David’s efforts to support the learning-disabled community during the pandemic through his organisation The Music Man Project.


Domestic abuse: Charity director Becky Rogerson (CF 2011) contributed to the Barking and Dagenham Domestic Abuse Commission report, published on 10 March. The commission outlines how the local area, led by the council, can improve its response to domestic abuse.


Education: Teacher Arlene Holmes-Henderson (CF 2013) spoke at an online event organised by the University of Sussex on 18 March. The event reflected on the use of persuasive speech in teaching, and Arlene shared findings from her Fellowship, which explored the teaching of critical literacy.


Education: Science education consultant Sai Pathmanathan (CF 2016) wrote a book, Utterly Jarvellous, which was published on 4 March. The book shares accessible science lesson ideas for primary school pupils and was informed by her Fellowship, which investigated learning through storytelling.


Emergency response: Council worker Melvin Hartley (CF 2019) wrote a blog for community resilience programme Communities Prepared, which was published on 16 March. The piece discusses Melvin’s Covid-19 Action Fund project, which will evaluate voluntary community responses during the pandemic.


Environment: Professor Allan Williams (CF 1992) published a book entitled Nemesis on 31 March. The novel is partly based on the real-life experiences of Allan’s journeys to many countries, including Australia and New Zealand which he visited as part of his Fellowship.


Equality: Equality campaigner Patrick Vernon (CF 2018) hosted an online event on 23 March to reflect on the losses experienced during the pandemic. Patrick also discussed structural and institutional racism in the UK at a virtual event organised by the Runnymede Trust on 31 March. 


Food production: Professor Christopher Elliott (CF 1993) presented at an online webinar on food fraud prevention hosted by the Institute of Food Science and Technology on 26 March. Christopher's Fellowship explored food testing in European laboratories. 


Governance and public provision: Retired charity director Michael Jackson (CF 1988) published a book entitled Still Love Left this month. The book references Michael’s Fellowship, which explored the role of continuing care retirement communities.


Health and wellbeing: Lecturer Amara Nwosu (CF 2020) discussed the latest innovations in palliative care' at the Palliative Care Congress hosted by The Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) on 26 March 2020. Amara’s Fellowship will explore researching how digital health technology can improve palliative care. 


Homelessness: Fellows Emma Arran (CF 2016), Rachel Brennan (CF 2017) and Sarah Walters (CF 2017) organised The Women’s Homelessness Matters conference this month. The Fellows shared global insights from their Fellowships to address issues relating to women’s homelessness. Read our news story.


Mental health: Arts organisation director Alison O'Connor (CF 2016) shared her Fellowship findings in an article she wrote on moral injury for the March issue of Therapy Today magazine. Alison’s Fellowship investigated how the theatre can help families and veterans affected by trauma. 


Rural living: Chief operating officer Howard Nelson (CF 2019) discussed rural education at the virtual National Congress on Rural Education on 28 and 29 March. Howard shared learnings from his Fellowship, which investigated how small, rural schools can become more sustainable. 


Science: The work of scientist Rebecca-Ann Burton (CF 2015) has been highlighted as part of the University of Oxford’s campaign 100 Women of Oxford Medical Sciences, this month. Rebecca’s Fellowship researched neural triggers of cardiac arrhythmias and she now runs her own research group.


Suicide bereavement: Charity founder Sharon McDonnell (CF 2013) presented at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide and Self Harm Prevention on 23 March. Sharon shared findings from the National Suicide Bereavement Survey, which she led with her organisation Suicide Bereavement UK.


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