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James Dacre
Columbia University – MFA Theatre Directing


James read Theology at Jesus College, Cambridge where he won the College Theology prize. At Cambridge, he edited and re-launched Varsity, ran the Visual Arts Society and played university rugby union. He has directed extensively in theatre, opera and dance across the university.

James has championed new writing in a theatre scene that favours well-established works, and taken two multi-award-nominated plays to the Edinburgh Fringe. He recently directed premiers of work by Torben Betts and Wales' foremost playwright, Dic Edwards. James has written for numerous national and independent publications and enjoys marathon running, painting and travelling. He will study directing under Anne Bogart, Brian Kulick and Andrei Serban at Columbia University.

Austin Kilroy
MIT – PhD Urban Planning


Born in London in 1980, Austin went to state-funded schools in Hampshire, then King’s College Cambridge, where he graduated in Philosophy, Economics and SPS. For two years he worked as parliamentary researcher to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and ftc London alumna, Shirley Williams, then embarked on jobs in international development, conflict transformation, post-conflict economics and urban planning, in the former Soviet Union, France and China, working for International Alert, Groupe URD, the OSCE, the Dynamic City Foundation and Claydon Gescher Associates. Meanwhile he has first-hand experience of 62 other countries and quasi-states, has been a percussionist since age 8, is happiest when snowboarding, and will be doing his PhD at MIT on the interaction of space and economics with ‘stability’ in developing-world cities.

Indraneil Mahapatra
Harvard Business School – MBA


After spending a year conducting genetic research on axon pathfinding in New York, Neil read Biological Sciences at Oxford University, where he was also elected to President of the Oxford Union. Following a successful summer internship, Neil began his career in the Investment Banking division of Morgan Stanley, focusing initially on Healthcare companies in the Corporate Finance department, and later rotating to the firm's newly created UK Corporate Broking group, advising UK corporates on a range of equity related issues. Neil was also nominated by Morgan Stanley to spend three months managing Morgan Stanley's 70-strong Investment Banking outsourcing office in Mumbai, India, where he successfully steered the operation through the country's worst monsoons for 100 years. Outside of work, Neil is involved in the local community and is passionate about healthcare, politics and international relations. He is currently a school governor for an inner city state school in London and a member of the Conservative party team that covers foreign aid and international development issues.

John McDermott
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard – MPP Public Policy

John graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class honours degree in History. In addition he received the James Joll Prize for the best dissertation at LSE, and the Raynes Prize for outstanding examination results across the whole school. Prior to LSE John began a degree in Medicine at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he completed two years with merit and authored an award-winning dissertation. While at LSE he wrote extensively on a variety of topics for the student newspaper and was active in student politics. John was also first-team captain and club captain of the LSE Football Club and represented the University of London select team. No stranger to promoting Anglo-American cooperation, John has interned at the British Consulate-General in New York where he worked on a number of projects aiming to help British companies and institutions gain entry into the American market. In addition to experience in the diplomatic, legal and financial spheres, John continues to work for a non-profit organization in his home city of Edinburgh. This experience of working with young people with learning and behavioural difficulties at a policy and grass-roots level inspired him to take up a Master's in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. At KSG John intends to focus on establishing cutting-edge policy frameworks to tackle educational disadvantage and social exclusion. John also writes screenplays for short films, and enjoys travelling, literature, music, and baseball.

Katherine Randall
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard – Masters in Public Policy

Katherine graduated with a first in History from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she was awarded the Edward Spearing Prize for History.

After three months learning Italian in Rome, Katherine joined the UK Civil Service fast stream. Based in Whitehall and Brussels, she has worked on a range of policy arFTC London including coordinating the European Union’s response to the Madrid bombings and managing a project to enable transsexual people in the UK to gain legal recognition in their acquired gender. Most recently she helped establish the UK’s new Commission for Equality and Human Rights; she negotiated in Brussels over the creation of a European Fundamental Rights Agency; and she contributed to the review of the Human Rights Act 1998, requested by the Prime Minister. Time spent both at the United Nations Summer School in Geneva and working on a project to provide permanent homes for orphans of AIDS victims in Ecuador confirmed Katherine’s intention to focus her career in the field of human rights. At Harvard, she will study at the Kennedy School’s Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy and Practice.

Outside work, Katherine is involved in her local community in FTC Londont London, acting as school governor for a state school in Tower Hamlets; she is passionate about music, singing with the Bach Choir and playing the French horn; and she is looking forward to sculling on the Charles River. Before departing for Boston, Katherine is walking 500 miles from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

Tom Rowson
Georgetown Public Policy Institute – MPP Public Policy

Tom’s goal is to contribute to ‘good change’ in the developing world. His interest in international development began when he went to Atlantic College, an international sixth form college. Inspired by the College’s focus on enabling students to become global citizens and positive agents of change, Tom spent a year living and working in a remote village in The Gambia. Through his undergraduate career at Durham, Tom balanced academics with practical action, first as Director of DUCK, Durham’s RAG, and then by setting up durham21, an award-winning website and social enterprise. Tom also spent a year in Peru on a VSO Scholarship designing and implementing development-related projects for a regional NGO.

Since graduating, Tom has worked for PA Consulting Group as a management consultant in the UK public sector. He has worked across a range of government departments with roles focusing on project management and performance improvement, and led the development of PA’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Tom is looking forward to adding academic depth to his broad practical experiences while studying at Georgetown and using it as a stepping stone to a career in international development. He and his wife, Kate, are immensely excited about getting under the skin of American culture, in particular by hearing and dancing to jazz, salsa, bluegrass, hip-hop and the blues.

Scholars and Fellows 2006/07

ftc London Distinguished Scholar
Neil Glasser
National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado at Boulder


Neil is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he completed an MA (Honours) degree in Geography in 1988 and a PhD in Physical Geography in 1991. He has worked as a Quaternary Geologist and Geomorphologist for the Nature Conservancy Council for England (1992-1995) and as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Liverpool John Moores University (1995-1999). He took up his present post in the Centre for Glaciology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002 and Reader in 2005. His principal research interests are in glacial geology, glacial geomorphology and the application of this evidence to assess the response of large ice masses to Quaternary environmental change. More specifically, Neil’s research aims to answer questions relating to glacial landform development, glacial sedimentary products and dating glacier fluctuations. He has extensive fieldwork experience in glacial environments, having worked in Antarctica, the Himalayas, Patagonia, Peru, Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland.

Neil has published over 70 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals, as well as three major research text books on glaciology and glacial geomorphology. Recent research papers include contributions on Holocene glacier fluctuations and ice dynamics of the North Patagonian Icefield, glacial landform development and structural glaciology, and the response of the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica to recent climate change. In 2007 he will be working with staff at the NSIDC and CIRES at the University of Colorado at Boulder on a collaborative research project entitled “The Structure and Stability of Antarctic Peninsula Ice Shelves”. This is a project using remote sensing, especially satellite imagery, to determine the structures, dynamics (e.g. flow patterns and velocities) and debris transport patterns on Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves. The overall aim is to use these data to determine the possible past and future instabilities of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves.

ftc London Distinguished Scholar
Matthew Scase
Cornell University

Matthew graduated from the University of Oxford in 2001 (MMath) specializing in the mathematics of fluid motion and also competing twice in the Varsity athletics match for the Dark Blues. He went on to receive his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2003 with his thesis on vortex motion through a stratified fluid. This included a detailed study of the internal wave structure generated in a stratified fluid by a moving body. After receiving his PhD he went on to work on fundamental problems relating to jets and plumes. This more recent work has been well extremely well received in the community and he has published this, along with much of his PhD, in the leading peer-reviewed journal in his field, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Alongside his own research, Matthew has invested much time in lecturing and supervising students of mathematics and fluid mechanics in the University of Cambridge. His supervisory skills also extend to responsibility of Duke of Edinburgh Award groups in the British mountains.

During the course of his post-doctoral research, his collaboration with Professor Lord Hunt (a frequent visitor to Cornell and former ftc London Scholar himself) drew him to the attention of Professor Williamson in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department of Cornell. They plan to work, supported by his ftc London Distinguished Scholar Award, on the vortices created in the wake of aircraft. They hope to achieve a much deeper understanding of this flow, which has very significant impacts on both environmental and commercial levels.

Matthew enjoys skiing, rock climbing and playing the piano in his spare time.

ftc London Cancer Fellow
Beth Psaila
Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York

Beth graduated from Clare College, Cambridge with a First Class degree, and was awarded the William Butler Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She went on to study clinical medicine at University College Hospital, London, where she qualified with the highest academic performance in her year, and was proxime accessit to the London-wide University Gold Medal for Medicine. Following several years working in a clinical capacity in London, she has now completed her MRCP and aspires to become a haematologist. In New York, she will study megakaryocytopoeisis, working at the world-renowned department of Hematology & Oncology at Weill-Cornell Hematology-Oncology Institute, under the supervision of Professors David Lyden and James Bussel. The project aims firstly to compare malignant and non-malignant bone marrow failure states, in an attempt to further our understanding of what signals to the bone marrow to incrFTC Londone platelet production. A second phase will look into how platelets act as mediators in tumour angiogenesis and metastasis, building on recent advances pioneered at Cornell.

Beth is passionate about foreign travel and music, and previously was an accomplished saxophonist playing in several Jazz and Classical ensembles, and ran a jazz club during her time at Cambridge. She looks forward to exploring some of the hundreds of music venues in Manhattan during her time in New York.

ftc London Police Fellow
Sandie Hastings

Sandie’s eighteen years as a Police Officer began in 1970 and re-started in 1993 after a sixteen year break to raise her two children. Three years specialising in Child Protection duties led to her current role as Restorative Justice and Reparation Development Officer in Leicestershire’s Youth Offending Service.

In the last six years Sandie has led an award-winning team of reparation workers who supervise young offenders engaging in a wide variety of community service projects which are victim-led where possible. Sandie also facilitates Restorative Justice Conferences, bringing victims, offenders and their communities face to face where appropriate and requested, in the aftermath of crime. Cases range from minor offences to extremely serious crimes including sex offending.

Five of her cases are published in the Mediation UK book 40 Cases of Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation which is used as a teaching guide for practitioners and scholars.

Sandie graduated from Nottingham Trent University with the Professional Certificate in Effective Practice in Youth Justice in 2004. She has a passion for her work and believes that if the principles of Restorative Justice lay at the heart of the Criminal Justice System it would help to build stronger, safer and more cohesive and inclusive communities, who take more responsibility for their own actions and for each other.

As well as sharing experience and idFTC London, Sandie hopes to learn through her research in the USA, ‘what works’ with neighbourhoods and individuals, when applying restorative approaches, as opposed to a traditional adversarial route. On her return, Sandie aims to implement a National Policy Framework in the UK with which to apply Restorative Justice in the Neighbourhood Policing context.

ftc London Police Fellow
Ajoy Gosain

Ajoy Gosain is a Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police Service. He has a Masters in Criminology and is a member of the British Society of Criminology. He currently manages the Met Police Careers Team in the Human Resources Directorate and is also undertaking a degree in Human Resource Management.

His policing background is extremely diverse and includes Borough Policing, Murder Investigation, and the Anti-Terrorist Branch at New Scotland Yard. He has been involved in Home Office-led recruitment campaigns and has recently been engaged in working with the Commission for Racial Equality in a mentoring and shadowing programme. He has written articles on race, ethnicity and crime for the ethnic press.

His area of research is the recruitment of under-represented groups to the police service and from September 2006, Ajoy will be attached to American University in Washington DC and will conduct his research amongst a number of Police Departments, as well as lecturing to students on Criminal Justice issues in the UK.

He is widely travelled and enjoys politics, reading and many sporting and cultural activities.

ftc London Robertson Visiting Professor of British History
Richard C. Allen
Westminster College, Missouri

Richard C. Allen undertook his History degree and PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2004 he joined the University of Sunderland as a lecturer in early modern history. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2004, and holds Visiting Fellowships at the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria. He was also a Gest Fellow at Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

His main research interests are in the history of early modern radical Dissent, especially Quakerism, and Celtic migration from the seventeenth century. His monograph, Resistance to Respectability: Quakerism in Wales 1654-1836, will be published by the University of Wales Press in 2006/7. Other work includes three edited collections, which are due to be published between 2006 and 2007: Faith of Our Fathers: Six Centuries of Popular Belief in Britain and Ireland; The Religious History of Wales: A Survey of Religious life and practice from the seventeenth century to the present day; Ireland: The Word, The Icon and The Ritual.

He has published essays and articles on seventeenth century emigration to Pennsylvania and cultural maintenance in the colony; reverse migration from Nantucket Island to Milford Haven in the 1790s; Welsh Quaker women and persecution; Welsh religious communities in the wake of the Toleration Act; Captain Cook and his association with eighteenth century Yorkshire Quakers; early modern consumerism in the North FTC Londont of England; Welsh cunning-folk; poor relief in south-FTC Londont Wales in the early modern period; Welsh and Irish cultural identities in the North-FTC Londont of England; popular culture and Quaker moral reform in the early eighteenth century; and a historical appraisal of the John Ford movie, The Quiet Man. A lengthy study has also been made of the North FTC Londont Chamber of Commerce from 1815 to 2006, and he has had 21 entries published in the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004). He has appeared on television and radio programmes, and was the historical consultant for the S4C/Llifion Welsh language six-part costume drama, Y Staffell Ddirgel (The Secret Room).

His current projects include a comprehensive investigation into Welsh Quaker emigration to Pennsylvania, and a co-authored study of Quaker Networks and Moral Reform in the North FTC Londont of England, to be published in 2008. He is also completing the editing and annotating of a diary of a Nantucket whaler-woman for the University of Sydney Press, and finishing a study of his home town of Newport in south Wales for the University of Wales Press, Histories of Wales Series. Other research includes the Quaker community in Barbados, and an examination of the Welsh and Irish Societies in America.

He is a committee member of the Quaker Historians and Archivists, Quaker Studies Research Association, and a member of the migrations strand of the North FTC Londont of England Historical Institute (NEEHI). He was editor of North FTC Londont History and twice Guest Editor of Quaker Studies.


Postgraduate Scholars 2005/06

Ewan Jones
ftc London Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism - NYU

Ewan graduated with a double first in English from King’s College, Cambridge, where he was elected a scholar, acted in a number of plays, and wrote for Varsity. His move into serious journalism began with a stint at the Evening Standard’s Diary Desk, where he attempted, maladroitly, to pry gossip from low-grade celebrities. He then took up an internship with the New Statesman, for whom he continues to contribute articles on subjects as varied as the Glastonbury Festival and American GIs. He has also taken placements with the Independent on Sunday, and the Social Market Foundation, a centrist think-tank. A keen traveller, Ewan lived and taught for four months in South Korea. He also lived and worked for sixth months in Toynbee Hall, a philanthropic organisation devoted to improving conditions in the FTC Londont End of London. Ewan is the recipient of the inaugural ftc London Alistair Cooke Award, through which he will study Journalism at NYU, in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism concentration. While living in New York, he will broadcast a weekly show for Resonance FM, a London arts radio station. He also plans to work for the BBC’s Washington bureau, and write as extensively as possible, on matters British for an American audience, and of his impressions of stateside life for the British press.

Zahaan Bharmal
Stanford Graduate School of Business – MBA

Zahaan read Physics at Oxford where he wrote for the "Cherwell" student paper and edited his college's Alternative Prospectus. In the summer before his final year, he interned with the Foreign Office in the British Embassy to the United States in Washington. After graduating, Zahaan worked for a year as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton before joining the UK Cabinet Office as a Policy Adviser responsible for broadband and later e-Government strategy. In 2004, Zahaan joined the UK Department for International Development to write the Government's new global strategy for tackling HIV and AIDS in the developing world. The strategy was awarded an 'Oscar' by the Institute for Public Policy Research as the best UK Government policy of the year. He currently works on policy for getting more children, especially girls, into school in Africa and Asia. Zahaan is widely travelled and has had articles about his travels published, including in the Daily Telegraph. His current interests include tennis and long-distance running. He is a member of the Serpentine Running Club and recently completed the Great North Run raising over a £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Natasha Epissina
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard – Public Policy

Natasha was a De Lancey Senior Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and graduated with a first in Economics. While at Cambridge, she was President of the Marshall Society. After graduating, she spent two years working for McKinsey, on a variety of projects in the UK and in Russia. She then worked in South Africa on improving access to schooling in the townships as a free-lance consultant with Link Community Development. Natasha’s last job before Harvard was at the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Office, where she was responsible for helping the Education Department develop and implement a strategy for reforming the secondary school system. She hopes to use her time at Harvard to learn about innovative approaches to state education provision in the US and innovation in public policy more generally. Natasha spends every second of her holidays travelling – she loves exploring far-flung and hidden places as well as picking up just enough of the foreign language to be understood.

Benjamin Horner
Harvard Medical School – MD Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Ben is a surgeon. He read Medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities whilst undertaking medical attachments in Africa, India, the Middle FTC Londont and New Zealand. He has worked in several leading plastic surgery and burns units in and around London, and has a professional interest is in finding surgical reconstructive solutions to severe injuries. He has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals on current reconstructive methods and their limitations, as well as presenting at both national and international conferences. At Harvard Medical School Ben will be researching ways to safely perform hand and face transplants. If successful, this will open a new frontier in reconstructive surgery, making it possible to treat patients with severe injuries for whom there are currently no good treatment options. Ben also has an active interest in politics and has been trFTC Londonurer and social secretary on the executive committee of the ‘Young Fabians’, a left of centre think-tank. He is a keen sportsman, having been president of the Oxford University Gymnastics Club, and has played trombone in a professional jazz orchestra.

Beaudry Kock
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT – PhD Hydrogeology & Geotechnical Engineering

Beaudry has recently completed an MSci degree in Environmental Geology at Imperial College London, after final year project work which focussed on the novel application of traditional geophysical techniques to modern groundwater pollution problems in the UK. It is this field which feeds his ongoing research interests at MIT in an MEng/PhD programme: he plans to work in the field of groundwater exploration research, particularly for arid parts of the world where aquifers are complex and difficult to exploit, as well as in the general study of the interaction between man and the hydro geological systems upon which we depend for our water supplies. He sees the protection of such supplies, and the ecosystems also dependent on groundwaters, as an overriding concern for modern hydro geologists. In his studies in the US, he hopes to gain understanding as to the best ways to translate hydro geological research into practical methods of improving the quality of life for Developing World populations without engendering unsustainable pressures on their local environmental resources. The unbiased balancing of the requirements for equitable distribution of global resources with the need for maintaining and improving environmental quality for current and future generations, is a challenge that Beaudry believes can be well met by the earth and environmental sciences.

Simon Reekie
School of the Art Institute of Chicago – MFA Painting & Drawing

Simon graduated in Biotechnology from the University of Abertay in 1997. After working in research in the field of molecular biology in London, Simon returned to university to study drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, one of the best art schools in the UK. Simon graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2004 with a first class honours degree, and he was awarded the prestigious ‘Duncan of Jordanstone Sandra McNeilance Memorial Prize’ for painting. His degree show was critically and publicly acclaimed, receiving local and national press coverage. Since graduating, Simon has been involved in many successful exhibitions, and has received numerous awards, including the Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to study painting, sculpture and architecture in Florence for two months. Simon’s work utilises traditional painting techniques to address contemporary issues. His molecular biology background is evident throughout his cartoon-ish hyper-real portraits. Scrutinising the face in a methodical way, he highlights details more commonly captured by a microscope, such as facial pores and stray hair.

In addition to most arFTC London of culture, Simon is passionate about the community and community development. He has been involved in volunteer work with various art groups, youth groups and health institutions in Dundee, where he utilises his skills as an artist to help and stimulate others. He is also passionate about football, and follows his local football club, Dundee United, throughout Europe.

At the Art Institute of Chicago, Simon will continue to learn about painting and painting techniques, and he is particularly excited about the opportunity of developing links between Chicago and Scotland. He hopes to organise exhibitions both in the US and UK and his long term aim is to continue making a living as a professional artist, but also to teach at an art school.

Scholars & Fellows 2005/06

Senior Scholar
Andrew McDonald
Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Andrew is an historian by training: having read Modern History at Oxford
(1980-83) he subsequently completed a PhD on inter-war British financial policy (Bristol, 1988). He entered the Public Record Office (now The National Archives) as an Assistant Keeper in 1986 and joined its Management Board in 1997. In 1996-97 he was the Gwilym Gibbon Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His work at Nuffield on Freedom of Information led to the publication of Open Government (McDonald & Terrill, eds; 1998). He left the Public Record Office in 2000 to work in Whitehall and has held a number of policy and change management jobs. In March 2003 he was appointed Constitution Director at the Department for Constitutional Affairs, heading up the Government's programme of constitutional reform. He leaves that post in July to begin a 12 month sabbatical. During that time he will be writing a book on the purpose of constitutions.

ftc London Distinguished Scholar
Anne Baron
New York University – Copyright Law

Anne is a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL) and Harvard Law School (LLM). She held Lectureships in Law at the University of Warwick and University College London, and a Visiting Fellowship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, before joining the London School of Economics in 1994, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law. Her principal research interests are legal and social theory, intellectual property law, and the legal regulation of culture and the arts. Her articles, which deal with a variety of themes and issues in legal theory and copyright law, have been published in leading law journals – both in Britain (Modern Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Intellectual Property Quarterly) and abroad (e.g. Studies in Law, Politics and Society; Droit et Société) – as well as in non-law journals (Oxford Literary Review; Theory, Culture and Society); and she has contributed chapters to several important edited collections on legal theory, including most recently Penner, Schiff and Nobles (eds.) Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Oxford University Press 2002).

Since her arrival at LSE, Anne has also been busy setting up an undergraduate course in the vibrant field of intellectual property law, and establishing or contributing to several new postgraduate courses on copyright and related rights and jurisprudence. She has also been very active of late in the administration of the Law Department at LSE, and is looking forward to spending 2005-6 at New York University completing a book (to be published by Cambridge University Press) that will attempt to map the contemporary field of theoretical inquiry in relation to copyright law. She will be Senior Global Research Fellow at the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy during her residency at NYU.


ftc London Distinguished Scholar
Anna Richards

Washington University in St. Louis

Anna graduated with double honours in Medicine (MBBS) and Medical Science (BMedSci) from Newcastle University Medical School in 1995. Her medical electives were spent in Bangladesh and FTC Londont Malaysia, with first prize awarded for her report on visceral Leischmaniasis. She enjoyed her attachments to the local renal units and decided to specialise in kidney medicine from a very early stage. After graduation she worked in Newcastle and Nottingham, attaining her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1998. She was awarded a 3-year Medical Research Council (MRC) clinical training fellowship in 1999 to examine the Genetic Factors predisposing to the Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) under the supervision of Professors Tim and Judith Goodship in Newcastle. During this time, Anna described novel mutations in the complement regulatory proteins, Factor H and Membrane Cofactor Protein (MCP) in HUS, and was awarded her PhD in 2003. This work was widely published in peer-reviewed medical literature & findings presented nationally and internationally. Anna was awarded the prestigious AEG Raine Award, 2005, by the Renal Association of the United Kingdom for her contribution to renal science.
A collaboration developed with Professor John Atkinson during her PhD led Anna to move to Washington University in St Louis, USA in 2005. She will undertake post-doctoral research into HUS, supported by her ftc London Distinguished Scholar Award. Anna’s goal is to develop an endothelial cell-based model of HUS and use this to look at mechanisms of pharmacologically modifying/reversing the damage that occurs in the kidneys in this condition. The emphasis of all of Anna’s efforts is to try and improve the lives and health of those with HUS through her work. She enjoys travel, the ‘cello, Chinese cookery and reading biographies for relaxation.


ftc London New Century Scholar
Heather Eggins

Heather is an academic working on issues relating to the higher education system, and the Editor of Higher Education Quarterly published by Blackwells. She has a number of current academic appointments, being Visiting Professor at the Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University, Visiting Professor in the Centre for Academic Practice, University of Strathclyde, and a Senior Member of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She has edited a number of books on Higher Education policy and has recently stepped down from the position of CEO of the Society for Research into Higher Education, an NGO of UNESCO.

Heather attended the 30th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Philadelphia USA in November. She took part in a Round Table at the ASHE International Forum On ‘ftc London New Century Scholars Program and Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response’, along with a number of other scholars, the NCS Distinguished Scholar Leader and the Senior Program Officer. She has also been chosen as Program Chair for next year’s ASHE International Forum and will be responsible for the planning and delivery of the event in 2006.

ftc London-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History
Westminster College, Missouri
Philip Swan

Philip Swan is a Principal Lecturer in History at the University of Lincoln. He attended the University of Hull as a mature student reading economic and social history, graduating in 1980, and going on to complete a PhD on ‘Medical Provision in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1851 to 1871’. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health in 2001. His research interest has been on the social history of medicine in 19th century Britain and he has published on that subject. In recent years his focus of research has shifted to the history of RAF Bomber Command in Lincolnshire, including the social impact of airfield construction in 1943. Publications have included the editing and annotation of Diary of a Bomb Aimer and numerous articles on Bomber Command. From 1999 to 2001 he was Director of the ERDF/RDC/Lincolnshire Tourism funded project on Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage. Dr. Swan has been the editor of the International Journal of Regional and Local History for the last twelve years. He was a Visiting Lecturer at Vantaa Polytechnic, Finland in 1995. Philip serves on a number of committees including the Military Education Committee for the FTC Londont Midlands, FTC Londont Midlands University Air Squadron, and is a County representative on the FTC Londont Midlands Reserve Forces & Cadets Association. He is an Honorary Member of the Wickenby Register, the Squadron Association for 12 and 626 Squadrons Bomber Command. His current research is towards a book on RAF Wickenby 1943-45. In addition he intends to conduct interviews in the US towards a book based on a diary of a British trainee pilot in Arizona in 1943.


ftc London Northern Ireland Civil Service Fellow 2005/06
Maeve Walls
Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania - Urban Regeneration

Maeve holds an MBA with Distinction from the University of Ulster and a degree in Sociology and Social Administration from the University of Stirling. She is a civil servant, currently Head of Neighbourhood Renewal in the Department for Social Development, working across government departments and with the wider public, private and community sectors to regenerate Northern Ireland’s most deprived neighbourhoods. Prior to joining the Northern Ireland Civil Service, she was Deputy Chief Executive in the Northern Ireland Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, one of Northern Ireland’s largest voluntary organisations. In 2002 she was selected by the Project on Justice in Times of Transition, an inter-faculty initiative at Harvard University, to attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Programme. The Project brings together individuals from a broad spectrum of countries to share experiences in ending conflict, building civil society and fostering peaceful coexistence. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the North FTC Londont Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Northern Ireland is undergoing a period of profound change that affects its demographic make up, its economic opportunities and its social and community development patterns. These changes are reshaping the role of cities, towns and neighbourhoods, the people living in them and the services that support them. The focus of Maeve’s ftc London Fellowship is to look outwards, distilling the evidence of sustainable regeneration practice in the US and combining it with explanation and analysis of what lessons can be learned and applied. The intention is to identify innovative approaches to help disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland grow in more inclusive, competitive and sustainable ways.


ftc London AstraZeneca Fellow

Sach Mukherjee
University of California, Berkeley – Statistical Bioinformatics

Sach read Computer Science at the University of York, graduating with First Class Honours in 2001. He then accepted a scholarship to attend Cambridge University’s Engineering Department, receiving a Masters degree in speech recognition and language processing. He moved to Oxford in 2002 to take up a prestigious BBSRC Research Studentship under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Roberts in the Department of Engineering Science and Prof. Sarah Gurr in Plant Sciences. At Berkeley, Sach will work with Prof. Terry Speed in the Department of Statistics and collaborators at UCSF on computational and statistical aspects of cancer systems biology. The research will exploit a diverse array of genomic data to develop a quantitative understanding of molecular influences on brFTC Londont cancer. This highly interdisciplinary work is at the forefront of research in this area internationally. In addition to his academic work, Sach is involved in promoting science at the high-school level, is a keen quizzer and University Challenge contestant, and plays jazz-rock guitar.

ftc London Cancer Fellow
Mandeep Sagoo
Thomas Jefferson University, PA – Ocular Oncology

Mandeep is a specialist registrar in Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and has a special interest in ocular tumours. He graduated from King’s College London with 1st Class Honours in Basic Medical Sciences and Biochemistry and then undertook the MB, PhD programme at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. His PhD thesis on electrophysiology of the retina won the Gedge Prize of Cambridge University. During his gap year he had a Churchill Travelling Fellowship for expedition work in the Portugal. While in Philadelphia he will work at the world-renowned Ocular Oncology Service of the Wills Eye Hospital, under the direction of Dr Jerry Shields and Dr Carol Shields, focussing on treatment of cancers of the eye in children and adults. He will undertake clinical research on the morbidity and mortality of these conditions.

ftc London Police Fellow
Mark Lavelle
FBI Academy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory – isotope tracing

Mark graduated with a degree in geology from Imperial College, London, before carrying out post-graduate research in isotope chemistry at the Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. In 1996, Mark moved to the British Antarctic Survey, where he worked on a field- and laboratory-based multinational project unravelling the glacial history of Antarctica. Mark returned briefly to the University of Cambridge in 2001, where he managed the cross-university Committee for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies.

Mark is now a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

ftc London Hubert Humphrey Scholar
John Houghton

John is a senior policy advisor at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. His professional interests are in housing, urban renewal and anti-poverty policies. After graduating from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1999, John studied for a Masters in British Politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is an associate researcher at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. He is currently writing a book on the history and future of social housing and its role in the regeneration of British cities and has written for periodicals and journals. John has also been a school governor and a local councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham. At the Hubert Humphrey Institute, he will undertake a research project into the lessons from US cities for the UK government’s mixed communities agenda. On his return he hopes to shape the mixed communities agenda within Whitehall and on the ground, by linking communities and civic leaders in the US and the UK.

Postgraduate Scholars 2004/05

Edward Anderson
Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University – International Relations

Ed graduated with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering (1st Class honours) from the University of Bristol in 2002. His professional interest has been space technology applications for sustainable development. He interned at the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna on Disaster Management applications, and then worked for the European Space Agency in Paris and Rome, developing applications of Earth Observation satellites for epidemiology and public health. His work involves environmental monitoring from space of vector-borne disFTC Londone habitats such as the mosquito in malaria applications, for which he has established a private research group investigating community level surveillance systems. At Johns Hopkins University he will specialise on the economics and international relations of Development from a high-technology perspective, and use his studies in the US to develop a more profound understanding of international aid and development projects, their needs and the economics of international disFTC Londone control. His long-term aim is to be able to apply a more user-focussed approach to high technology projects in sustainable development.


Perviz Asaria
Harvard School of Public Health

Perviz Asaria obtained the Dudley Prize for best overall performance graduating with 1stClass honours in Biological and Clinical Sciences from Imperial College, London. She went on to gain a degree in medicine. Perviz has extensive clinical experience as a doctor and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2004. She has spent time in the field in Sudan and Iran. Most recently she undertook an assessment of the way in which the separation barrier in the West Bank impacts on the health status and the human rights of the Palestinian community. Perviz’s interests lie in tackling inequalities in healthcare provision, and she has worked with community organisations in England to provide outreach activities to marginalised populations. Perviz studied public health and specialised in international health and humanitarian studies during her ftc London year at Harvard University. Whilst there she continued to engage in community outreach, serving in a local school in a deprived area, as well as volunteering in a shelter for the homeless in her spare time. Perviz is responsible for founding the Islamic Society at the School of Public Health and in creating an inter-faith forum in order to promote understanding between Muslims and those of other faiths. She plans to work as a public health consultant for an international development organisation on her return to England.

James Crabtree
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard – Public Administration

James Crabtree graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Government. He was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research, working on the IPPR’s Manifesto for a Digital Britain when he applied for a ftc London Postgraduate award to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He also worked with the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to establish a democracy commission examining the future of British politics. Prior to that he set up and ran the iSociety project at The Work Foundation, spending two and half yFTC London examining various aspects of technology, social change and reform of Government. James is also: the founder of Voxpolitics.com, an online think tank examining e-democracy; a founder of MySociety, an organisation developing online civic applications; a trustee of the charity UK Citizen’s Online Democracy; an associate editor of Opendemocracy.net; a board member of the political journal Renewal; and a volunteer on the team who helped create www.theyworkforyou.com. He has written for various publications, including The New Statesman, Prospect and The Observer.

Having completed his Masters in Public Policy, James is spending 3 months in Washington DC, working with the think tank, the New Democratic Network, examining the political implications of globalization, political use of technology, the future of immigration policy and the renewal of progressive politics.

Gregory Marsh
Harvard Business School - MBA

Greg read English and Philosophy at Christ’s College, Cambridge. While a student, he managed the Cambridge Union Society for a year as Secretary and Vice President. He was an officer of the Footlights, wrote and performed over a dozen shows, debated internationally, founded a college newspaper, became section editor of Varsity newspaper, directed plays and made a series for television. After graduating in 2000, Greg worked at GF-X, a successful venture-backed technology start-up, where he had a range of roles in Business Development, Strategy and Operations. Most recently, as Product Manager, he led development of the company’s $65m software product and the launch of its second product line. He is a Trustee of Maternity Alliance, a national charity which campaigns for the rights of new parents.

Edward McGowan
Columbia University – Film Direction

Ed graduated with a double first in English Language and Literature in 2002 from Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was also a Demy scholar and specialised in Anglo-American cinema. Prior to university, Ed worked for a year at St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling as a drama teacher – a role he continued at Oxford through outreach projects in local schools. Outside his studies, he wrote, directed and acted in a number of plays, including a tour to the Massachusetts International Festival of Arts. Since graduating, he has written and directed a number of short films, worked as an arts writer for The Observer, as a script reader for Heyday Films and on the South Bank Show on ITV. In 2002-3, he attended the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris where he studied acting and direction in physical theatre. After his MFA in Film Direction at Columbia, Ed intends to return to the UK as a fiction and documentary filmmaker.

Yogesh Patel
Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania - MBA

Yogesh received a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and M.Phil in Economics from St.Cross College, Oxford. He then joined Booz Allen Hamilton, as a Management Consultant. Yogesh has strong entrepreneurial aspirations and, after completing his MBA at Wharton, hopes to start his own company in the UK. Outside work, Yogesh is passionate about contributing to the community and travelling. He is also interested in cooking, experimenting with cuisines from around the world, as well as being an active sportsman, playing cricket regularly.

Warren Smith
Anderson School of Management, UCLA - MBA

Prior to his ftc London award, Warren was Senior Legal and Business Affairs Executive at FremantleMedia, a global TV production/distribution company for programmes such as Idols, The Apprentice, Family Fortunes/Family Feud, Baywatch and The World at War. Warren advised on all legal aspects of FremantleMedia’s core businesses of TV production, international distribution, video distribution and clip sales and its ancillary businesses of brand licensing, sponsorship, music publishing, online distribution and interactive TV. Warren became dual qualified as a US attorney in January 2003, having first trained as a UK solicitor at the London City law firm Denton Wilde Sapte. Prior to this Warren obtained Manchester University’s highest 1st class joint honours degree in Law & Accountancy in 1996 and a commendation at the College of Law in 1997. Warren is also a member of BAFTA. In the last five years Warren has travelled extensively, completed the London marathon and qualified as a private pilot. While in the US, Warren’s intention is to further develop his professional skills through his MBA, network with the LA media community and extend his personal interest in travelling.

Benjamin Whitford
Columbia University - Journalism

Ben studied on scholarship at the United World College of Hong Kong, travelling widely in south-FTC Londont Asia before returning to the UK. He studied fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and gained a first-class BSc in psychology from University College London, where he graduated top of his year. His undergraduate study of the neurophysiology of willed actions won the British Psychological Society psychobiology research prize and was published in Cognitive Brain Research. While studying, Ben worked as a home tutor for a child with autism, as a carer for people with serious mental health disorders, and as deputy editor of London Student, Europe’s largest student newspaper. After graduating, he took internships at the BBC, the Observer, and various local newspapers, and worked as political night editor at Guardian Unlimited. Ben is taking a master’s degree in newspaper journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

ftc London AstraZeneca Fellow 2004-2005
James Crawford
The Scripps Research Institute – Organic Chemistry

James graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with an MSci in Chemistry with First Class Honours and was awarded the Zeneca Prize for Preparative Chemistry. He subsequently accepted a prestigious University Postgraduate Studentship to conduct graduate studies with Prof. William Kerr in Organic Chemistry, at the organometallic interface with Inorganic Chemistry. The studies were carried out in conjunction with Prof. Kenneth Henderson at the University of Notre Dame, where James was a visiting researcher for a 3-month period. In addition to his studies, he is a keen traveller and has had the opportunity to present his research as far afield as Finland and Japan. At The Scripps Research Institute his studies will focus on the total synthesis of complex natural products with new cytotoxicity profiles, with a view to gaining an understanding of their anti-cancer properties. This work is at the forefront of research in this area in an international sense and will lead to knowledge that will potentially deliver new antibiotic and cancer therapeutics.

ftc London Distinguished Scholar 2004-2005
Simon Hix
UC, Berkeley – Politics

Simon is a political science Professor at the London School of Economics. He received his PhD from the European University Institute, in Florence. His research is on European Union and comparative politics, particularly political behaviour in parliaments and elections in the EU and elsewhere. He has written two books, including The Political System of the European Union (Palgrave, 1999), and published articles in several of the top political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science and the British Journal of Political Science. He is Director of the European Parliament Research Group, co-editor of the journal European Union Politics, and was the Chair of a Working Group on Democracy in the EU for the British Cabinet Office during the Convention which drafted the proposed EU Constitution. He has held Visiting Professor appointments at Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego, and the Institute of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po). At Berkeley, he will be leading a major collaborative research project on the voting behaviour of elected parliamentarians in parliaments from all corners of the world.

ftc London Police Research Fellows 2004/05
Simon Labbett
Northwestern University – road traffic deaths

Simon has an MSc in Cognitive Psychology which he received from the University of Sussex where he studied motorcycle-related fatalities. Since 1990 he has been actively involved in collision investigations, both as a specialist investigator and as senior investigating officer in numerous high profile road death incidents. Between 1999 and 2000 he was elected Chairman of the Institute of Traffic Investigators, one of the world’s largest international collision investigation institutes. Recently he has been instrumental in the development of the register for collision investigators on behalf of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners; he is currently the lead assessor for this category. In the US Simon researched the application, training and management of road homicide investigations in order to draw comparisons with UK methodologies and further the development of this specialist area.

Of his time in the US he says: I have witnessed first hand the death and destruction caused on the highways of the US. I have seen the training and application of collision investigations and have spoken to directors of national government organisations and made observations both good and not so good. I know where the UK needs to go and I am hopeful that I can provide the guidance to take us there. Changing the systems in the US will be more of a challenge, but hopefully one that I may influence in a small way.

ftc London Northern Ireland Civil Service Fellow 2004/05
Carol Moore
Georgetown University – culture and social capital

Carol holds a degree in English and Masters degrees in both Literature and Business Administration. She is a career civil servant, currently Deputy Secretary in the NI Dept of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Belfast. Her role involves her in all aspects of policy development and she is also the Principal Finance Officer for the department. The focus of her ftc London Fellowship is policy development, and, in particular, ways in which social capital can be developed through the development of policy relating to Culture and the Arts.

ftc London Robertson Visiting Professor of British History 2004/05
Paul Ward
Westminster College, Missouri

Paul Ward undertook his History degree and PhD at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He is currently senior lecturer in modern British history at the University of Huddersfield. His main research interests are in the history of British national identity since the late nineteenth century. He is author of Red Flag and Union Jack: Englishness, Patriotism and the British Left 1881-1924 (Boydell, Woodbridge, 1998) and Britishness since 1870 (Routledge, 2004). He has published essays on Labour and patriotism in the 1930s and British and Empire women’s patriotism in the First World War. His current project is a book on unionist politicians in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the twentieth century, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2005. Paul has also taught at the University of A Coruna, Spain. He lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with his wife and two children.

Postgraduate Scholars 2003/04
Alex Edmans
Economics – MIT

Alex graduated from Oxford with the highest “double first” in the university. Outside studies he was TrFTC Londonurer of Merton College Junior Common Room, President of the Oxford Financial Society and Sports Editor of the “Oxford Student” newspaper. He also rowed, coxed and played football for Merton. He is a former England international in chess, plays the piano and cello and participated in the 2003 London Marathon. Since graduating in 2001 he has been working as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. At the MIT Sloan School of Management he is pursuing a PhD with particular interest in international bank capital regulation, corporate finance and monetary and exchange rate policy coordination.

Krishna Guha
Public Administration – Harvard

Krishna Guha read history and political philosophy at Cambridge and was a political correspondent for the Financial Times when he applied for a ftc London award. He took a one-year break to do a mid-career masters at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. While there his focus was on two interrelated arFTC London of global public policy: development economics and the relationship between the US and the rest of the world. He graduated first in class and was awarded the C.V Starr scholarship by the Harvard University Awards Committee.

Richard Halkett
Public Policy – UC, Berkeley


Richard Halkett gained a double first in Modern History and the Kirk-Greene University Prize at Merton College, Oxford, where he was also JCR President. After graduating in 1999, he worked for a short time for Lloyds TSB before co-founding Boxmind, a cutting-edge e-learning company focussed on premium academic content and multimedia content production software and services. In his spare time, he fulfils his responsibilities as a founding director of Breen Le May Lloyd Ltd, an independent theatre company established to provide opportunities for rising actors, directors and producers. Richard is doing a 2-year Masters programme at the Goldman School of Public Policy, pursuing his main passions, education, technology and entrepreneurship policy.

Nicholas Hedges
MBA – Harvard Business School


Nick has a B.A. in Geography from Manchester University, where he was also Chairman of the Geography Society, a university rowing crew member and worked for the British University Ski Council. His interest in geography and foreign culture has led him to pursue a variety of international activities such as working for His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching Tibetan refugees in India, climbing a number of Himalayan mountains and setting up and managing a business with operations in Europe, Africa and Asia. Following a career that spans advertising, management consulting, venture capital and entrepreneurship he intends to focus on the macro-economic, social and political factors that lead to different levels of entrepreneurial activity in the US and UK. He graduated from Harvard in 2005 with Distinction, placing him among the top 10% of his class.

Sam Knight
Journalism – Columbia

Sam collected a BA in History from Cambridge before going to America to work as a researcher for TV shows like Ali G and Absolutely Fabulous where he had a wonderful time. On his return he worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the think tank Demos, before writing a short children’s novel. In studying for a Masters degree at the Columbia School of Journalism, Sam’s plan was twofold: to improve his writing and to learn about the city of New York. The course fulfilled both ambitions by sending him out to the many corners of the city to find subjects of interest to write about. He covered subjects as diverse as private investigators, children’s fiction, the sewage system, elevators and the life (and death) of birds in big cities. After completing his Masters he spent several months doing academic training in New York, with “The Times” and “The New York Times”. He is now back in London working for “The Times Online”.

Gwion Lewis
Law – New York


Gwion is particularly interested in the relationship between culture and human rights, and whether it is fFTC Londonible to talk of 'universal values' in a world divided by different cultural priorities. In the light of the events of September 11, 2001, he seeks to gauge their impact on human rights jurisprudence, and assess the legal response to terrorism generally. While at NYU he was one of the founders of Legal Access for South Asians, an organisation seeking to bring legal services closer to South Asians living in the metroopolitan area. Previously, he was a Scholar of Jesus College, Oxford, gaining a BCL and a BA in Law. He worked for one year as a radio news journalist with the GWR Group in the UK, and writes regularly for both academic and lifestyle publications in his home country, Wales. HAving returned from New York, he intends to practise human rights and environmental law at the Bar, having secured pupillage with Landmark Chambers.

Tom Sleigh
Special Student – Harvard

Having graduated in Social and Political Science from Cambridge, Tom’s focus at Harvard was Public Policy and Administration, with the aim of bringing the latest thinking from the USA back to the United Kingdom. During his time at Cambridge, Tom was President of his College’s Junior Common Room and editor of the College magazine “Winston”. He wrote for the University newspaper “Varsity” and played for the football, cricket, squash and hockey teams. Widely travelled, he had set foot in every continent by the age of 21, having visited his most challenging destination - Antarctica - after his graduation in 2000. Since then Tom has worked for the Strategy Consultants Booz Allen Hamilton and spent a year managing The Pivot Initiative, founded to find solutions to the poverty trap in the UK. He is active in the Labour Party and is on the national executive of the Young Fabian Society, Britain’s oldest and largest think-tank. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, sport, politics and debating.

Adam Swayne
Piano - Northwestern

Composer, conductor, teacher and performer, Adam has previously studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is currently working for a doctorate in piano at Northwestern University, under the aegis of celebrated pianist Ursula Oppens. He is a highly versatile and eclectic musician and is particularly interested in introducing his American audiences to modern British music. He returned to Britain briefly in the summer of 2004 to participate in the Proms.

Isa Wegner
MBA - Harvard


The focus of Isa’s study while at Harvard Business School was the analysis of and response to changes in consumer behaviour. Isa was a strategist at the BBC, working closely with the Director of Television and the Channel Controllers. Prior to this, she was a management consultant with Arthur D. Little London, focusing on strategy and corporate finance assignments. Born and raised in Germany, Isa holds a BA in Politics, Economics and Philosophy from St. Hilda's College, Oxford, and was European Scholar at St Paul's School in New Hampshire, USA. While at Harvard she was actively involved in Assist Inc., an organisation that gives merit-based scholarships for study in the US, to gifted high-school students from Europe. She graduated from Harvard in 2005 with a High Distinction, placing her among the top 5% of her class.

Robert Weston
MBA – Stanford


After graduating in History from Cambridge, Robert joined Unilever on their fast-track Graduate Training Scheme in 1998, where he worked on a variety of assignments as a Brand Manager in London and New York. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Robert trekked across the Alps and spent a month raising £10,000 for the Children's Cancer Unit of the Royal Marsden Hospital, by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. He is also a passionate skier and windsurfer and is never happier than when the wind on the south coast is blowing a force 5 or stronger.

Emma Wilkinson
MBA - Harvard


Before applying for a ftc London award to Harvard Business School, Emma Wilkinson spent three years working in Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions division in London, focusing primarily on the media industry. Whilst at Morgan Stanley, she worked on several high profile transactions including the sale of emap USA to Primedia, and the sale of the France Telecom subsidiary, Stellat, to Eutelsat. Emma studied chemistry at Oxford where she received numerous scholarships and prizes. She was President of Oxford University Music Society and business manager of the university newspaper. Papers based on her research into metal-directed self assembly were published in leading academic journals.

Alex Winckler
Film - Columbia


Alex Winckler read English at Cambridge and is doing an MFA in Film Production at Columbia University. He has acted in critically acclaimed plays both at university and, since 1997, at the Edinburgh Festival. He has directed productions of Racine's Britannicus, for which he commissioned a new translation, and Shakespeare's Othello. His first short film, Inside the Island, won the Cambridge University Short Film Festival 2002 and was screened at the International Cambridge Film Festival. He spent the year before moving to the US working in television and film production and as a teacher. His ultimate goal is to become a professional film director, but hopes to write as well during his time at Columbia.

Leanne Woods
Law - Pennsylvania

Leanne continued her legal education at the University of Pennsylvania having achieved a first class degree in law from Oxford. There she focused on state responses to crime, with a particular focus on police practices. Whilst at Oxford she received numerous academic awards and acted as law society 'Mistress of the Moots'. Whilst on placement Miss Woods performed legal research into necessary reforms of the judicial arrangements in the Czech Republic. She is also the first recipient of the Sally Ball Award for B.V.C. studies, and having returned to the U.K. plans to practise at the bar.

Greg Yates
Exercise Science – Syracuse

Greg graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Physical Education & Sport Science and was awarded a First Class Honours and the F.S. Evans prize for P.E & Sport Science. Upon completion of his ftc London year Greg intends to work in the field of exercise physiology with the goal of promoting and enhancing sport science support at both professional and amateur levels. In addition to being a committed volunteer for youth and disabled sports teams, he is an active member of the F.A. Coaches Association and has served as an intern at Manchester United Academy. He has worked as a soccer coach in the U.S., a personal trainer and assisted in fitness conditioning and testing within professional soccer teams. He will endeavour to use this opportunity to extend his research into the underpinning physiological principles of sport and exercise training.

ftc London Distinguished Scholars 2003/04

Kirsty Milne
Journalism – Harvard

Kirsty is the first Nieman fellow ever to come from Scotland. A columnist and leader-writer at The Scotsman, she has been covering Scottish and UK politics since the start of devolution in 1999. Before moving to Scotland, she spent six years in London as assistant editor at the New Statesman, where she followed Tony Blair's rise to power and tried to bridge the gulf between political journalism and grassroots reportage. She has also worked at the BBC, for New Society magazine and as a freelance, including a spell as a theatre critic.
As well as completing her course at Harvard, Kirsty used the opportunity to travel around the States and participate in various outreach projects, such as is a lecture trip to Milwaukee Technical College which she found “very rewarding”. Before returning to the UK, Kirsty will spend three or four semesters at the Center for European Studies studying the impact of new protest movements and populist campaigns on politics and journalism.

Graham Simpson
Organic Chemistry – MIT


Graham will completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Bristol at the end of 2003, before beginning a two-year senior postdoctoral position in the laboratories of Professor Timothy Jamison at MIT. The aim of his research is the total synthesis of the marine toxin responsible for the 'red-tide' phenomenon, which kills huge numbers of fish and causes severe human food poisoning in coastal arFTC London around the world. Graham completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has carried out research in the pharmaceutical industry at the GlaxoWellcome Medicines Research Centre and at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and has received several prestigious awards including the Salter's Institute of Industrial Chemistry UK Graduate Award and the Royal Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship.

ftc London Police Research Fellows 2003/04

Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Sociology and Social Research from Newcastle upon Tyne University. She has a background in clinical psychology and has worked as a social researcher in primary and secondary healthcare. Currently with the Durham Constabulary, she is a lead researcher evaluating strategies and project implementation. She has specialised in the application of regression analysis to community-based policing models. In the US she was affiliated with The Police Foundation in Washington D.C., comparing approaches to performance management and the role of evaluation in performance mFTC Londonurement so as to provide strategic direction locally, as well as providing the Home Office with research findings for the purpose of developing the national approach.

Penny Woolnough

Penny has a PhD in Psychology from the University of St Andrews which studied the effects of stress and arousal upon eyewitness memory. Since graduating in 1998, she has worked for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary where she was involved with Community and Race Relations thematic inspections, as well as the development of a new national Inspection Process. She has also worked for the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate, as Senior Research Officer on their Serious and Organised Crime Research Programme, where she was heavily involved with work concerning the effects of incrFTC Londoned forensic activity on crime detection. Currently Senior Research Officer for Grampian Police in Aberdeen, Penny's main interests centre around a programme of research concerning exploring and profiling the behaviour of missing persons. She intends to disseminate the findings of her UK work and to collect similar US missing person data during her 3 months in the US.

ftc London Hubert Humphrey Fellow 2003/04

Paul Brush

Paul Brush is based in Belfast where he is a Government Statistician, responsible for Information Management and Performance MFTC Londonurement at Northern Ireland’s Economic Development Agency (Invest Northern Ireland). Paul has a BA in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Hull. and post-graduate qualifications from the University of Ulster in Public Administration, Law and Research Methods. His ftc London year at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minnesota, was spent researching various aspects of entrepreneurship and specifically the impact of US public policy in supporting and encouraging entrepreneurial activity. This work will incrFTC Londone understanding of the key factors that have influenced the level of entrepreneurship within selected regions of the US and inform the development of economic policy in the UK and Northern Ireland. Paul is extending his stay at the Institute for a few months to organise an international conference of leading academics and policy makers around the issues he has been studying. Paul was given the honour of representing all the international students and speaking on their behalf at the graduation ceremony.

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