Fellows' updates: October 2020

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.

Arts and culture: Conductor and musicologist Lionel Sawkins (CF 1974) was invited to Hamburg by the Monteverdi-Choir to perform his edition of Lalande's Te Deum at St. Michael's Church, prior to the pandemic. Lionel studied the work of Lalande as part of his Fellowship which explored religious composers.


Arts and culture: The circus company founded by Churchill Fellow Dea Birkett (CF 1993), Circus250, has won a prestigious Fantastic for Families Award. This is in recognition of Circus250’s show for families, StrongWomen Science, which received the award in the Best Family Event category. Read our news story.


Arts and culture: Textile dyer Jennifer Oliver (CF 2020) organised the Biodyes Interface Conference which explored natural dyes from a scientific perspective. The event took place online on 21 October and was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Diversity Group. 


BAME communities: Community manager Arfah Farooq (CF 2017) has been named an Angel Investor by Ada Ventures as part of their Ada Angels programme which aims to create a new generation of investors. Arfah will use this support and funding to develop her organisation, Muslamic Makers,  a community for Muslims in the tech sector.


BAME communities: Support manager Mohammed Dhalech (CF 2019) spoke at the Landscapes for Everyone Conference. The event discussed access to UK landscapes and Mohammed shared learnings from his Fellowship on encouraging engagement in outdoor activities among BAME communities.


BAME communities: Equality campaigner Patrick Vernon (CF 2018) was interviewed by BBC Radio 6 about his new book '100 Great Black Britons', which honours the achievements of key Black British individuals through history. Patrick also took part in an event with LSE as part of Black History Month.


Children in care: Strategy office Laurelle Brown (CF 2018) hosted an online event to discuss her Fellowship findings on foster care for adolescents with complex needs. Following the event, Baroness Lola Young invited Laurelle to present her report to the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.


Community: Tributes have been paid to the late Ken Jackson (CF 1966) who was awarded one of our first Churchill Fellowships in 1966. Ken’s Fellowship explored scouting in the USA and he then went on to be an influential and well-respected Scout leader in Burnley where Ken grew up.


Domestic abuse: Charity director Becky Rogerson (CF 2011) shared her Fellowship findings in an online conference on stalking amongst young people. The one-day virtual conference was organised by the Alice Ruggles Trust in collaboration with the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester.


Domestic abuse: Charity founder Nicola Sharp-Jeffs has received an OBE for services to victims of domestic and economic abuse. Nicola’s Fellowship investigated ways of supporting survivors of financial abuse which inspired her to set up a charity on her return, Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)


Domestic abuse: The charity founded by Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan (CF 2020) has been awarded funding from the British Gas Energy Trust. The funding will help Zinthiya Trust in its efforts to support people impacted by fuel poverty and energy debt as a result of the current pandemic.


Education: Lecturer Alison Chapman (CF 2009) has co-written a research paper on leadership in education, with colleagues at the University of Cumbria. The paper has been published in the BELMAS Management in Education (MiE) journal and selected as the MiE Best Paper Award runner-up.


Education: Teacher Arlene Holmes-Henderson (CF 2013) formed a research and public policy partnership with the Department for Education on 1 October. Arlene will share research from her Fellowship on critical literacy with policy-makers, to inform the teaching of ancient languages in schools. 


Education: Psychiatrist Helen Minnis (CF 2009) has co-published research on how families could share the burden of home education during the pandemic. Helen was interviewed about the research for TES Scotland which recommends that groups of families could come together to form 'learning pods' if schools close again.


Education: Principal Matthew Hood (CF 2016) has received an MBE for services to education. Matt has been awarded this for his role as founder and principal of Oak National Academy, an online classroom and resource hub that was created following the closure of schools due to the pandemic.


Emergency services: Paramedic Jo Mildenhall (CF 2019) has presented her Fellowship findings on mental health support for emergency services staff at the Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference. Jo has also created a guide on providing psychological support to ambulance personnel.


Enterprise: Business director Jonathon Jones (CF 1997) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2020 Birthday Honours List for services to international trade and commerce. The honour is in recognition of Jonathon’s work in developing the UK’s first and only home-grown tea company, Tregothnan, in Cornwall.


Environment: Architect Catriona Kinghorn (CF 2018) has helped design an ecological, energy efficient passive house in Scotland, which was built using local timber. Catriona was influenced by findings from her Fellowship which explored timber construction methods used to produce low-energy homes.


Environment: Care farm director Joy O'Neill (CF 2020) has been accepted on to the Michaelmas programme at the Oxford School of Climate Change, to learn from some of the most distinguished climate experts. Joy’s Fellowship will explore care farming in rural communities, a practice that promotes wellbeing.


Environment: Designer Nigel C. Lewis (CF 1992) has written a book, Design and Order: Perceptual Experience of Built Form - Principles in the Planning and Making of Place. The book explores the principles of the design of built environments and draws on learnings from his Fellowship which explored districts and urban road pricing systems.


Food poverty: Food campaigner Lindsay Graham (CF 2014) has written on food insecurity and school holiday hunger in a piece for Fairer Scotland and has featured in a piece by Talk Think Teach. Lindsay’s Fellowship explored holiday meal provision and her findings recently informed a Covid-19 Food Security Briefing in Scotland.


Healthcare: Former explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison (CF 1971) has climbed Cornwall’s highest summit to raise funds for the NHS. Robin took on the challenge just five months after recovering from severe Covid-19 to fundraise for NHS healing gardens, which had proved vital in his recovery. Read our news story.


Healthcare: Chief nurse Elaine Strachan-Hall (CF 2019) was selected from 900 applicants to speak at the 2020 Florence Nightingale Conference. Elaine presented her Fellowship findings on digital technology in nursing and discussed the role that robots may take in the delivery of therapeutic nursing care.


Healthcare: Professor Ian Sabroe (CF 2019) has contributed to an article on overcoming the stigma surrounding postnatal depression, which was published by Frontiers on 20 October. Ian drew upon findings from his Fellowship, which investigated humanities learning in medical education. 


Healthcare: Charity chair Lesley Holdsworth (CF 2011) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2020 Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to physiotherapy and health services. Lesley’s Fellowship explored tele-health and she has since been a key figure in advancing digital healthcare.


Justice: Solicitor Sue James (CF 2019) has contributed to a new book, Justice Matters: Essays from the Pandemic, published by Legal Action Group. The book is a collection of essays by legal professionals and Sue has shared learnings from her Fellowship, which explored models of legal advice for disadvantaged people. 


Migration: Policy worker Ella Johnson (CF 2019) presented at The International Struggle for Universal Healthcare webinar, hosted by Medact, Migrants Organise and the New Economics Foundation on 28 October. Ella shared learning from her Fellowship, which explored maternal healthcare for migrants. 


Mental health: Psychologist Erica McInnis (CF 2016) has published an African-centred emotional wellness workbook. This accompanies the four-week online course, 'Post Pandemic Planning: Being, Belonging & Becoming', that Erica created to help people from an African background to prepare for a post-pandemic future.  


Mental health: Retired director Jane Lawrence (CF 2009) published a book, Are You OK In There? A Guide for Family Mental Health Carers, on 28 October. Jane drew upon findings from her Fellowship, which explored support for carers in mental health services. 


Social enterprise: The social enterprise founded by Ricky Munday (CF 2010) has been awarded Social Enterprise of the Year in the Wales Startup Awards. Inspire Alpine received the award in recognition of their efforts to close the attainment gap faced by disadvantaged young people through talks and mountain climbing programmes.


Suicide bereavement: Campaigner Anna Wardley (CF 2019) has shared learnings from her Fellowship, on supporting children bereaved by parental suicide, at the Good Grief Festival. The festival bought together speakers, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops to help people learn about grief throughout October.


Veteran support: Former army officer Fiona Galbraith (CF 2020) has been virtually gathering best practice from the organisations she was due to visit on her Fellowship this year. Fiona’s Fellowship will investigate methods of supporting ex-military veterans who seek land-based careers.


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