19 Fellowships awarded in Scotland

Published: 3 Mar 2015

19 Fellowships awarded in Scotland

To mark its 50th anniversary year as Sir Winston’s living legacy, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships. Nineteen of these grants, totalling £114,000 have been awarded to people in Scotland.

The 19 Fellows will travel to 16 countries between them, across four continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.

This year’s Fellows from Scotland are:

  • Christine Puckering, programme director for Mellow Parenting, based in Glasgow. She will be travelling to Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Iceland to examine perinatal services available for vulnerable infants and their families.
  • Phoebe Barnicoat, an artist from Glasgow, who will be travelling to the USA to explore opportunities for artists with special educational needs.
  • Jane Bentley, who is a creative arts coordinator from Glasgow. She will be travelling to Japan, South Korea and Malaysia to examine the ways music is being used to enhance the wellbeing of older adults in different cultural settings.
  • Sharon Goodlet who is a senior manager of Art in Hospital, based in Glasgow. She will be travelling to Australia and the USA to explore models of best practice in using the visual arts to improve well-being amongst older people.
  • Jackie Tolland whois the director of Parent Network Scotland, based in Glasgow. She will be travelling to the USA to research programmes that promote parenting skills.
  • Lynn Wilson, from Edinburgh, who is an account manager with Zero Waste Scotland. She will be travelling to Japan to explore circular economy textile models.
  • Tracey Francis, a project manager from Edinburgh, who will be travelling to Italy, the Czech Republic and Norway. She will be investigating best practice in preparing school-leavers with learning difficulties for higher education, employment or supported living.
  • Clare Simpson whois a project manager for Parenting across Scotland, based in Edinburgh. She will be travelling across Scandinavia and the Netherlands to investigate the use of childcare to provide support to vulnerable families.
  • Christine Hickey, a speech and language therapist from Dumfries, who will be travelling to Canada to research best practice in supporting speech and language development within Early Years settings.
  • Robin Payne, an ecological consultant from Alyth, who will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand to research marine biosecurity and the development of practical actions for industry, recreation and coastal communities.
  • Ruth Mantle, an Alzheimer Scotland dementia nurse consultant from Avoch, who will be travelling to the USA and Australia to explore innovative ways for staff to connect with people with dementia in their everyday interactions.
  • Heather Doran, a project officer from Aberdeen, who will be travelling to China, Japan and the USA to investigate best practice in connecting scientists and the public in online dialogues about science.
  • Carolyn Bell, a respiratory physiotherapist from Motherwell, who will be travelling to News Zealand to explore how to improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of hyperventilation.
  • Kirsten Horsburgh, from Galashiels, who is the National Nalaxone Coordinator for Scottish Drugs Forum, based in Glasgow. She will be travelling to Australia and Malaysia to look into ways of reducing preventable deaths among people who use drugs.
  • Michelle Miller, from Prestwick, who is the National Improvement Advisor at the National Dementia Care Improvement Programme in Glasgow. She will be travelling to Japan, South Korea and the USA to research supporting people with dementia to live well in their own home.
  • Jennifer Adams, from Stepps, who is Director of Learning and Engagement with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She will be travelling to Austria, Finland, Germany and Spain to develop an understanding of differing educational practices across four orchestras.
  • Sarah Rogers, an attachment and advocacy worker from Livingston, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate attachment-based interventions in the early years.
  • Ann-Marie Todd, a specialty doctor in palliative medicine from Dundee, who will be travelling to Singapore to study their Palliative Caregivers Programme, a training workshop aimed at families who have a relative receiving palliative care.
  • Steven Wilson, a senior programme manager from Stewartfield in East Kilbride, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate using social media tools and technologies to reduce health disparities.

Since its inception in February 1965, over 5,000 ordinary British men and women have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants. The ethos remains the same five decades on – for individuals to visit different parts of the world in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of social, environmental, medical and scientific issues, in order to bring back new approaches and innovative ideas to Britain, for the benefit of their local and regional communities, and, in many cases, the nation.

Before his death in 1965, Sir Winston was adamant that he did not wish to have another statue as his memorial, so he approved the setting up of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (www.wcmt.org.uk) as his national memorial and living legacy, for the benefit of future generations.

The Trust was founded on 1 February 1965, the day after Churchill's funeral; and just one week after his passing an Appeal was launched to the nation by Field Marshal Lord Alexander of Tunis. Millions of grateful British people willingly gave personal contributions to the newly created Trust. The nation raised an initial £2.8 million – a huge sum of approximately £48 million in today’s money, which remains the basis of the Trust’s finances today.

“Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens” says Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Churchill Fellows are remarkable but essentially ordinary individuals.  Aged 18 and over, they come from all walks of life (no qualifications are required in order to apply, but you must be a British citizen).  Their common denominator is their dedication to solving often complex problems facing their communities.

“Churchill understood the power of potential. Inspiring millions around the world during his lifetime, Sir Winston believed and proved that, with the right support, ordinary men and women could achieve extraordinary feats – and that their success and knowledge sharing would inspire and drive others in turn”, explains Sir Richard Vickers, Director General of the Winston Memorial Trust, who served from 1983-1993.

Notes to Editors:

In total 150 Fellowships have been awarded across the UK in 2015, an investment of over £1.34 million in British citizens. The Fellows will be travelling to 58 countries between them, across 6 continents. The categories for the 2016 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships will be announced on 6th May 2015. See www.wcmt.org.uk for more details.

Annual categories represent current areas of concern in the UK, as well as Churchill’s areas of interest, such as penal reform, travel, the crafts and communities.



  • Churchill was voted ‘Greatest Briton of all time’ in a 2002 BBC poll
  • Over 5,100 WCMT Travelling Fellowships have been awarded since 1965
  • 66 Travelling Fellowships awarded in the first year (1966)
  • 150 – Travelling Fellowships awarded in 2015, a record number, to mark the 50th anniversary


Examples of current categories:


  • Education
  • Environment and Sustainable Living
  • Prison and Penal Reform
  • Medicine, Health & Patient Care


Examples of our partners:


  • The Baring Foundation (Arts and Older People / Creative Ageing)
  • The Rank Foundation (Communities that Work)
  • Wave Trust (Early Years Prevention & Intervention)
  • The Prison Reform Trust (Prison & Penal Reform)



Churchill 2015

‘Churchill 2015’ is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death. Churchill-related activity will take place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences. Churchill 2015 follows three main themes: Commemoration, to mark this important anniversary appropriately; Education, to engage and inspire future generations; and Legacy, to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking. Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston. For a list of partners and a first glimpse of some of the planned activities (there are more to be announced) see www.churchillcentral.com.

We have many examples of Fellows’ stories of achievement from 1965 to the present day. If you would like one from a particular year or location, or would like to interview a Fellow, please contact The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Press Office on 020 7799 1660, or email [email protected]


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