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Hazel Stuteley biography

Hazel Stuteley is the Director of the Connecting Communities programme based at University of Exeter Medical School.

Following registered nurse training at King’s College Hospital, London, she qualified as a health visitor in 1972 and worked in inner-city practices in Southampton and London before moving to Cornwall in 1975, gaining many years experience in rural and urban disadvantaged areas.

In the mid eighties Hazel worked for Social Services with self-harming teenagers and teenagers on remand, and developed parenting programmes for families with children on the Child Protection register.

1990-2000 saw a return to Health Visiting as a full-time HV. Her practice included the highly disadvantaged ward of Penwerris in Falmouth, where she co-founded the multi award-winning Beacon project. In April 2000 she was appointed as a member of the Prevention and Inequalities Modernization Action Team to develop the national NHS Plan, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer for England. Later that year Hazel was seconded to the Department of Health (DH) where she led the development phase of the Healthy Communities Collaborative and also undertook an active role as a Neighbourhood Renewal Adviser for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Following the award of an Honourary Fellowship at Exeter University in 2002, she became a co-founder member of the Health Complexity Group, a multi-disciplinary team who use insights from complexity science to understand the barriers and drivers to transformational change. Hazel and team co-designed Connecting Communities (known as C2), an evidence-based seven-step programme, aimed at  equipping frontline service providers with knowledge and skills to work more effectively within disadvantaged communities. C2 has now been running for eight years and is active and effective in upwards of 15 communities throughout the UK. In 2010, C2 was the fieldwork model of choice for the DH-funded Health Empowerment Leverage Project, commissioned to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and health benefits of community development within the NHS.

Widely published and married with three sons, Hazel was awarded an OBE in the 2001 Queen’s New Years Honours list for services to the community in Falmouth.

Camilla Hampshire biography

Camilla HampshireCamilla Hampshire has been Museums Manager at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum since April 2001, and was the genesis of the recently completed £24 million capital development project. The refurbishment, extension and redisplay of the Museum led to it being named the Art Fund Prize ‘Museum of the Year 2012’.

Camilla arrived in Exeter having just completed the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield, where she was the Project Coordinator for the Galleries & Museums Trust. She says it has been a huge professional privilege to work on two such significant projects.

Beginning her career as a sixteen year old volunteer, her first paid role after university was at Whitehaven Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria, and subsequent curatorial roles have taken her the length and breadth of the country.

Camilla read History of Art at Cambridge and Postgraduate Museum & Art Gallery Studies at the University of Manchester.

Kester Brewin biography

Kester Brewin teaches mathematics in South East London and is also a freelance writer, poet and consultant for BBC education. He writes regularly on education and technology for the national educational press, and has published a number of highly acclaimed books on the philosophy of religion.

His latest book Mutiny! Why We Love Pirates and How They Can Save Us is a groundbreaking re-examination of the culture of piracy, which seeks to understand our continued fascination with these characters whose skull and crossed bones motif appears on everything from baby-bottles to skateboards, yet are still pursued and condemned worldwide for theft and exploitation. Drawing on pirates from history, film and literature, Kester’s work explores how our relationship to ‘the commons’ is central to an improved environmental, political and cultural consciousness, and also tries to work out why his son has been invited to countless pirate parties, but none (yet) with an aggravated robbery theme. His poetry has appeared in magazines around the world and he is currently preparing his debut novel for publication.

Carrie Clarke biography

Carrie Clarke is a former traditional signwriter who has worked for many years in the arts and health field. She is currently an Occupational Therapist working with an NHS inpatient unit for people with dementia; she is also a practising artist.

In 2010 she wrote a successful bid to the King’s Fund ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ programme, and led a team in developing an innovative project to transform an inpatient hospital environment for people with dementia. The project had at its heart a participatory approach, consulting with people living with dementia, their carers and staff, and incorporating their views and ideas into the design. These individuals were also actively involved in creating some of the outstanding and moving artwork for the new unit.

As an Occupational Therapist, the fundamental inter-relationship between people, meaningful occupation and the environment is central to Carrie’s work. To this she brings an aesthetic eye and a strong desire to raise awareness of the impact of environments on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people living with dementia.

Carrie is passionate about finding new ways to create a more sustainable, respectful, meaningful and engaging way of being with people with dementia, that will support a better quality of life based on a sense of connection to place, to self and to others. For this to happen, new relationships and partnerships need to be forged that cross conventional boundaries, encouraging creative and innovative approaches to one of society’s greatest challenges – that of ageing and dementia.

The ‘EHE’ project was recently ‘highly commended’ in the Arts and Health South West Awards 2012, and Carrie’s work won an NHS award for ‘Change and Innovation’ in September 2012.

Rebecca Maze biography

Rebecca Maze wrote her first song up a tree in the rolling Kent countryside at the age of 16. A hundred songs later she moved to Devon to study Literature at Exeter University.

Through writing subversive songs-critiques on the violence and misogyny of video-game culture, Rebecca established herself as a singer/songwriter with imagination and intelligence.

With a song featured on Charlie Brooker’s BBC program Gameswipe and her albums reviewed in The Guardian and The Independent Rebecca has gained a large following.

Now she’s applied everything she learnt to writing songs that are truer to her heart. Inspired largely by literature and myth, many of the songs focus on the courage it takes to live out one’s potential. She also composed the soundtrack for the film-documentary In Transition 2.0.

Rebecca is currently recording her new material and performing across Europe as part of the IC Music Programme. She lives in Devon (UK).

Matt Harvey biography

Matt Harvey

Matt HarveyWriter, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts (Poetry Trust) and Where Earwigs Dare (Green Books). He is married, with one wife. They have two sons.

“Very funny…” Independent
“…not only funny but tender and true” Guardian
“fabulously understated” Dorset Echo

Jo Berry biography

Jo BerryJo Berry has worked for over 10 years to resolve conflict around the world. Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo first met with the man responsible, Pat Magee. Her preparedness to try to understand him opened a path to empathy that continues to develop. Their unusual relationship has been told in the BBC documentary “Facing the Enemy”, was featured in the film “Soldiers of Peace”, and inspired “The Bomb”, a play by Kevin Dyer.

The founder of Building Bridges for Peace, Jo advocates that empathy is the biggest weapon we have to end conflict. She has spoken over 100 times with Pat Magee and works regularly in the UK and in areas of conflict including Lebanon and Rwanda.

Jo has worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Forgiveness Project), the All Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, and Combatants for Peace. She is Chair of the International Network of Peace, and Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Democracy and Conflict Transformation at the University of Essex.

Declan Bates biography

Declan BatesDeclan Bates is Professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Exeter. His research is focused on the development and application of advanced control system design and analysis methods for aerospace and systems biology applications. In collaboration with clinicians, he is now attempting to apply engineering principles to develop novel strategies for treating critically ill patients in intensive care units. He is particularly interested in life threatening respiratory pathologies and how the search for improved treatments might be formulated as a design problem. He is convinced that many seemingly intractable problems can be overcome by collaborations, especially between people from such diverse backgrounds that they are only barely able to understand each other.

Declan has held visiting lecturer positions at the Technical University of Delft, Holland, and the University of Cranfield. He is the co-author of Robust Multivariable Control of Aerospace Systems (Delft University Press, 2002) and Feedback Control in Systems Biology (CRC Press, 2011). From 2004 to 2007 he was the Vice-Chair of the GARTEUR FM-AG17 Action Group on Nonlinear Analysis and Synthesis Techniques in Aircraft Control. From 2007 to 2010 he was a member of BBSRC’s Engineering and Biological Systems Research Committee, and subsequently a core member of BBSRC’s Research Committee C on Technology and Methodological Development. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Research Grants Review Committee of the International Human Frontier Science Program and a member of the editorial board of IET Systems Biology. 

Alberto Arribas biography

Alberto ArribasAlberto Arribas leads the research, development and implementation of monthly-to-seasonal weather forecasting systems at the Met Office. This activity includes data assimilation, model development, ensemble generation methods, representation of uncertainties and post-processing activities. Alberto has published numerous peer reviewed articles and is a member of the WWRP/THORPEX/WCRP Sub-seasonal to seasonal steering group; a member of the 2009-11 committee on the Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability of the USA National Academy of Sciences; associate editor for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society; expert reviewer for the European Research Council and lecturer for the World Meteorological Organisation. He holds a PhD from Universidad Complutense, Madrid.

Peter Owen-Jones biography

Peter Owen-JonesPeter Owen-Jones is an Anglican priest, author and TV presenter. He started life as a farm labourer and later gave up a career in advertising to follow a calling to the Anglican ministry. He has presented various BBC series, including: Around the World in 80 Faiths; How to Live a Simple Life, in which he tried to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi by turning his back on consumerism; and Extreme Pilgrim, in which he lived as a Chinese Buddhist monk, a Christian monk and an Indian ascetic. In 2000 with the Diocese of Ely he founded the Arbory Trust, which is to this date still the only Christian woodland burial site. He is an ardent environmentalist and the co-founder of the Life Cairn Project, memorials to commemorate all the species which have become extinct as a result of human activity.