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Our tour leaders are hand picked for their professional or personal experience, their personalities, and their passion. Their most important job is to provide pastoral care to ensure that their groups are well looked after. Tour leaders are an integral part of each tour, providing knowledge, insight and enthusiasm. They are interesting and accomplished people in their own right, and the sort of person you will enjoy sharing a drink with at the end of a busy day.

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Dr Stuart Anderson FRPharmS

Dr Stuart Anderson FRPharmS studied pharmacy at Manchester and began his career in formulation development with Beecham Research Laboratories. He switched to hospital pharmacy in North Wales, later moving to positions at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool, the Westminster Hospital London and St George’s Hospital London. He obtained MA and PhD from London University and moved to the School of Pharmacy, London. Research in the history of pharmacy took him to the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he later became Reader in the Social History of Pharmacy. He took on the role of Taught Course Director in public health and policy, later becoming Associate Dean of Studies. He retired as Acting Dean of Education in June 2015. He was  editor of Making Medicines: A Brief History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, and Managing Pharmaceuticals in International Health. He is a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, president of the International Academy for History of Pharmacy, and a past president of the British Society for History of Pharmacy. He has previously undertaken pharmaceutical visits to Brazil, Ghana and Thailand.


Dr Stuart Anderson FRPharmS will be leading our Pharmacy in China tour.

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Jon Baines

Jon started in the travel industry over 15 years ago, following a background in publishing and years of independent travel through the Americas, Europe and East Africa. In that time, he built a start up travel company into a leading specialist study tour operation. Jon set up Jon Baines Tours in 2007 which is today a successful specialist tour operator enjoying a high level of repeat business and personal recommendation. Jon is a highly energetic and knowledgeable tour leader whose enthusiasm for the destinations he visits is contagious. He led his first group in 1996 from the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan to China. Since then, he has successfully led groups to Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Iran, Jordan, Nepal, Vietnam, Sweden, Syria, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

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Professor Hugh Baker

Professor Hugh Baker has a degree in Chinese and a PhD based on anthropological fieldwork in a village in Hong Kong’s New Territories. From 1967 he taught Mandarin, Cantonese and Chinese Social Institutions at London University’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), retiring in 2004 as Emeritus Professor of Chinese. He then held a post as Professor of Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong until 2007. He has published widely on Chinese society and kinship as well as writing Mandarin and Cantonese language textbooks, and he has had extensive radio and television experience, notably as chief consultant to the 12-part television documentary The Heart of the Dragon. He was Chinese Language Training Advisor to the Hong Kong Government in the early 1970s, and for the past 26 years has been giving expert evidence on Chinese customary law in courts in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

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Iris Barry

Iris Barry has more than 30 years' experience as a fully qualified professional Blue Badge Guide for Scotland and London. She lives in Strathmiglo, a small village in Fife, Scotland. Iris has guided many special interest tours in Great Britain for alumni groups and experts from the USA on topics ranging from medical history to British mystery writers. She has a long association with National Geographic Magazine as guest lecturer on expeditions throughout Scotland and as expedition leader in Cuba. Today she not only works as a free lance tourist guide but has built up a one-woman international consultancy business as a tourism development and training expert. Her work in this field has taken her to 20 countries including Mongolia, Borneo, Ukraine and Barbados. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge, London and Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), her first career was as a professional field archaeologist.

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Dr David Bell

Associate Prof. David Bell is currently senior staff specialist, Medical Oncology at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney with responsibility for the Medical Oncology unit.  Malignancies include breast, lung, colon and rectum, testicular, sarcoma, renal, melanoma, lymphoma, head and neck and brain. He is a visiting Medical Oncologist at North Shore Private Hospital, Mater Hospital and Armidale Base Hospital. 

Dr Bell is also Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Sydney and has conducted both clinical and laboratory research work which has been widely published.  He is also Associate Professor in Rural Medicine at the University of New England.  He has established Rural Oncology clinics at Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and more recently, Armidale.  He is committed to providing high quality care in rural areas. He spent three years in Canada studying the phenomenon of drug resistance and was the first recipient of the prestigious Terry Fox Clinical Fellowship.   He is principal researcher in numerous studies covering aspects of lung, breast, ovarian, soft tissue, skin and rectal cancer as well as investigations multidrug resistance and drugs of potential patient benefit.

He was responsible for the incorporation of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia; which is the peak body representing medical oncologists in Australia and coordinates training of future medical oncologists in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  He was treasurer of MOGA for 10 years.

Dr Bell has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international forums including to USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, France and Germany. He led a successful tour to China in 2015.


Dr David Bell will be leading our Cancer Care in China tour.

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Dr Peter Brinsden

Peter Brinsden was born in Peking, China, and lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. He qualified from St George's Hospital, London, in 1966 and joined the Royal Navy. He served as a Ships Medical Officer, before beginning training as a gynaecologist, gaining the MRCOG in 1976 and FRCOG in 1989. He served in Naval Hospitals in Singapore, Malta, Gibraltar, as well as Portsmouth and Plymouth. He left the Navy in 1982 and went on to specialise in infertility. He worked at Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, with Patrick Steptoe, the IVF pioneer who, with Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Edwards, was responsible for the birth of the world's first IVF baby Louise Brown in 1978. In 1989 he was appointed Medical Director at Bourn Hall, following the death of Patrick Steptoe. He was an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge from 1992 to 2007. He has visited China regularly since 1989 and has Visiting or Honorary Professorships at the City Medical University in Beijing, Peking Union Medical College and China Southern University. Dr Brinsden was an Inspector for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1997 to 2011. He lectures internationally on infertility and assisted reproduction and was President of the British Fertility Society 2009 - 2012.

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Gilly Burn

Gilly Burn set up Cancer Relief India in 1990 and worked as the Project Director of the Indo-British Palliative Care Project from 1993-96 collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Relief and WHO. She has been instrumental in setting up palliative care services in collaboration with Indian colleagues, notably the first hospital based palliative care team in India which is now a WHO Demonstration Project with SE Asia. She was one of the prime instigators in setting up the Indian Association of Palliative Care, and is an expert on palliative care and society in India. Well-travelled and energetic with an excellent sense of humour, Gilly is a great asset to any tour. She has led several highly successful Care of the Elderly and Palliative Care Tours to South India.


Gilly Burn will be leading our Palliative Care in South India tour.

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Bill and Helen Bynum

Bill Bynum is Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at University College London and was head of the academic unit of the Wellcome Institute. A Yale graduate in medicine, he began his career in the history of medicine with a Cambridge PhD before moving to the Wellcome. Professor Bynum has published widely.

 Helen Bynum has a PhD in the History of Medicine from University College London, and lectured at the University of Liverpool before beginning a freelance career as a medical historian. Together with Bill she edited ‘Great Discoveries in Medicine’. Both Bill and Helen have led and lectured on various successful tours and cruises for Jon Baines Tours.


Bill and Helen Bynum will be leading our History of Science and Medicine in Morocco and Caribbean Histories: West Indies Islands Cruise tours.

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Liz Carrington

Liz Carrington worked for many years as a paediatric physiotherapist in both under-resourced and more advantaged areas of the world. She was the International Development Advisor for the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She was influential in the development of the UK’s special interest group for physical therapists in International Health and Development (ADAPT) and prepared numerous papers to support physical therapists wanting to work abroad as well as for those seeking work in the United Kingdom. Liz has a special interest in the role of physical therapists in the field of community based rehabilitation (CBR) and has been involved in teaching and writing on this subject for an international audience. She has also represented WCPT in the development of the WHO guidelines on community based rehabilitation. Liz has worked in India in community based rehabilitation and has previously led a tour to China, as well as two Therapy & Rehabilitation tours to South India and one tour to Cuba. Liz recently received a WCPT International Service award for practice in 2011.

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Dr Hilary Cass OBE

Dr Hilary Cass OBE is a consultant in Paediatric Disability at Evelina London Children's Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Hilary was President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health between March 2012 and March 2015, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to child health.

After qualifying at the Royal Free Hospital London in 1982, Hilary trained as a general paediatrician and then went on to develop her higher specialist training in neurodisability, and more latterly in paediatric palliative care. She has held clinical consultant roles in three tertiary centres.

Over a 15 year period at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hilary held a number of senior management roles including Director of Postgraduate Medical Education and Deputy Medical Director. She has held several regional and national roles in medical education and policy development, including Head of School of Paediatrics for London. She has published widely through her clinical, educational and policy roles.

Hilary has been extensively involved with the Department of Health and several regional and national bodies in developing new models of integrated paediatric care. She is currently Senior Clinical Advisor to Health Education England, responsible for strategy on the development of the child health workforce, and continues to hold a series of education and management roles 

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Dr Simon Chaplin

Dr Simon Chaplin is Director of Culture and Society at the Wellcome Trust in London. Prior to that he was Head of the Wellcome Library. He was formerly Director of Museums and Special Collections at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, where he managed the Hunterian Museum - an accredited public museum containing the designated collection of the surgeon John Hunter (1728-1793) - and the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. His first degree is in Natural Sciences, and his PhD, completed at King's College London, dealt with the relationship between dissection, collecting and display in late 18th-century London.

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Professor Rosalie David

Professor Rosalie David, OBE, BA, PhD, FRSA is Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester. The focus of her career has been the establishment of a new university specialisation – biomedical research within the field of Egyptology – to provide a different approach to understanding the civilisation of ancient Egypt. Graduating with a BA Degree in Ancient History from University College London, she subsequently pursued a PhD study of ancient Egyptian temple ritual at The University of Liverpool. Rosalie has lectured at universities in many countries and, since 1974, on Nile cruises. She is the author of over 30 books and many articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been consultant and contributor to several television documentaries. In 2003, she was awarded an OBE for services to Egyptology, and has received Fellowships of The Royal Society of Arts and The Royal Society of Medicine.

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Christalla Demetriades

Christalla Demetriades, (Talla) graduated with a degree in Medieval Ecclesiastical History and went on to work in publishing. Talla has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Cyprus and Guatemala. Talla has built a house on the side of a volcano in Gutamala to spend the winter in. Talla has traveled extensively and is an experienced, enthusiastic and popular tour leader. Talla has led tours to China, India, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala (many times) and on a Mediterranean Cruise.

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Michael Dooley

Michael Dooley is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His special interest is in reproductive endocrinology. Michael was Director of Sports Science and Medicine for the British Equestrian Federation between 1994 and 2002. During this time he travelled, as part of the British Olympic Team, to the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is now a gynaecologist at The Olympic Medical Institute at Northwick Park. In order to understand integrated medicine further Michael has travelled to India on several occasions. With this background, Michael has now opened The Poundbury Clinic in Dorchester which is concentrating on women’s integrated healthcare. He also works in London at Harley Street and The Lister Hospital. In collaboration with the award winning journalist, Sarah Stacey, Michael has written a book ‘Your Change, Your Choice: The integrated approach to the menopause and beyond’. He is sole author of ‘Fit for Fertility’ and is developing a Fit for Fertility programme for his patients.

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Professor Phillip Dowell

Professor Phillip Dowell qualified at The London Hospital and after a number of hospital jobs entered general practice. Some years later, after working in the West Indies, he won an international fellowship to study at the Eastman Dental Centre in the USA. He continued his post graduate studies at the University of Wales College of Medicine and subsequently taught both undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of periodontology. He is a specialist periodontist and past president of the British Society of Periodontology. Phillip Dowell has lectured both nationally and internationally and is the author of many publications. He is visiting professor at the University of Surrey and a past European President for the International College of Dentists. He has led highly successful tours to China, Ecuador, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and around the Mediterranean.

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Tony Druttman

Tony Druttman qualified from Leeds Dental School in 1981 following a brief career in Chemical Engineering. He gained a Master's degree in Conservative Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute in 1987. Since 1999 he has been a specialist in Endodontics, has been President of the British Endodontic Society and is a visiting teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute CPD. He has lectured both in the UK and abroad and has contributed to a number of dental publications. He has a referral practice in the West End of London. Tony has led tours for us in Cuba, China and most recently South India.


Tony Druttman will be leading our Dental Cruise Along the Danube - FULL and Dental Cruise Along the Volga tours.

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Professor Harminder Dua

Harminder Singh Dua MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth., FRCP(Ed), FEBO, FRCOptom., MD, PhD is an Indian-British medical doctor and researcher. He is the chair and professor of ophthalmology at University of Nottingham and is the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Previously he was associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA when he was invited to chair in Nottingham in April 1994.

Professor Dua specialises in corneal transplantation and ocular surface diseases. He has served the profession in various capacities, which include: President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2011-14); Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14); President of EuCornea, and of EVER. He is currently member of the International steering committee of the second Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS II), Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and the American Ophthalmological Society. He is also Editor-in-chief of the Journal of EuCornea and Chairman of the Advisory committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology. He has more than 120 awards and accolades which include 35 eponymous and award lectures; The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for ‘Research project of the year’; the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013) and the Vice-chancellor’s medal (2016) amongst others. He was listed by the magazine ‘Ophthalmologist’ in the top 20 most influential individuals in Ophthalmology worldwide (2014); and amongst in the top 100 in 2016. He was one of five Ophthalmologists in the list of ‘Britain’s Top Doctors’ (2010) published by The Times magazine. 

He has over 325 scientific publications, has supervised 43 post-graduate (PhD and MD) students and has been endowed with honorary life memberships of four international academic societies. One eponymous lecture, “The Dua Lecture” Birmingham, and a seminar room in the Nottingham post-graduate centre, “The Dua Room” have been named after him. He, has previously led a highly successful ophthalmology tour to south India.


Professor Harminder Dua will be leading our Ophthalmology in North India tour.

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Professor Keith Edmonds

Keith Edmonds is a retired consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and adjunct professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College in London. His clinical practice was at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, which became part of Imperial College Healthcare. He was the clinical program director for women and children’s services for 20 years and was a member of the management board of ICHT.  His special interest was in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology and he is extensively published in this area of expertise. He has published a number of books and has been editor of Dewhurst’s Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the past 20 years. He is currently a non-executive director of NHS Resolution, the government body responsible for all legal claims against the NHS. He has lectured internationally in many countries worldwide and has travelled extensively. Professor Edmonds was a participant on a previous Jon Baines tour to China. 


Professor Keith Edmonds will be leading our Obstetrics and Gynaecology in China tour.

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Susan Hagan

Susan Hagan MIFPA MBTPA Cert ED. DipAy has been  a tutor and practitioner of complementary therapies for 40 years. She was the International Chair of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists from 2002 to 2005 and sat on the Committee for National Occupational Standards for Ayurveda, UK. She lived in Nepal for 13 years and India for 6, where she trained as a ceramicist. Back in the UK she piloted aromatherapy for people living with HIV in the UK, and due to its success was invited to America to introduce the techniques there at various NGOs. She trained in Bowen therapy in 2000 and has practised this remarkable technique ever since. Being impressed by the results she began to teach and is now the Director of the International Bowen Therapy Foundation, Bulgaria, where she has lived for the last 10 years. She is the creator and owner of Cob in Bulgaria, a building collective that builds houses made from natural materials. An experienced tour leader, she leads regular tours to Bulgaria.

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Jennie Hewlett

Jennie was born in Bristol, raised in Cape Town, and studied veterinary science at the University of Pretoria. After graduating she spent time in welfare practice in underprivileged areas on the Cape flats including Khayalitsha. This was followed by several years in small animal practice in the UK including a small animal rotating internship at Edinburgh University.

In 2013 she started a 3 year residency with South African National Parks while completing a MedVet in wildlife diseases.

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John and Kate Lethlean

John Lethlean is a food writer, journalist and restaurant critic with The Australian. Prior to  News Ltd he plied his trade for Fairfax Media at The Age and as a Melbourne-based editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller. “Food is obviously something that’s very important to me, more as a conduit to joy and happiness than an intellectual pursuit,” says John, a Victorian based outside Melbourne in the foodie haven of Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. “I love travelling - who doesn’t? - but I travel to eat. To me there is little more exciting than listening to a society, a culture, through its food, both traditional and contemporary.”  

Kate Lethlean is a Cordon Bleu (Paris) trained cook who has lived a culinary life in Europe travelling, cooking and writing for 20 years. She has contributed to numerous leading publications and cookery books and worked on the Formula One and Moto GP circuits, for the British Royal Family, and Skibo Castle. She also spent five years in the UK as senior teacher and demonstrator at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine, London. These days she is a cookery book publicist and rare-breed chicken fancier and assists John with research and vital eating support. 


John and Kate Lethlean will be leading our Cuisine & Culture Cruise - ON REQUEST and Cuisine & Culture Cruise: The Atlantic Coast tours.

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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson qualified in dentistry in Leeds in 1979 and medicine in Cambridge in 1984. He was appointed consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He lectures widely on maxillofacial and facial plastic surgery. In private practice he specialises in oral surgery, implantology and facial cosmetic surgery. Paul is experienced at leading dental tours for Jon Baines Tours.

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Michael Knight

A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the National Society for Professional Engineers in the USA, Michael spent the major part of his working life with an American Chemical Corporation. He was based in the USA for several years as a Global Project Manager working on projects in Asia, Europe & North America. He returned to the UK in the role of Global Technology Centre Manager for the Corporation and Engineering Manager of a COMAH Site. After ten years in these roles he then spent five years as the Corporations Global Process Engineering Manager. 

Since retirement Michael has lectured at the four main Universities in South Wales and has also concentrated on promoting engineering to young people through the Year in Industry Scheme at two of these Universities. 

Michael is a past Chairman of the IMechE South Wales Region, followed by several years as Regional Treasurer. He currently Chairs Company MPDS Accreditations for the IMechE and is an interviewer for Institution Membership.

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Carmen Lakatos

Carmen Lakatos was born in Romania and graduated from dentalschool in Timisoara in 2006. She has worked as a dentist specialising in orthodontic treatment in the UK since 2007. She is also a qualified and experienced tour guide in Romania with her own travel company.


Carmen Lakatos will be leading our Dental Study Tour to Transylvania tour.

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Professor Nicky Leap

Professor Nicky Leap is currently an Adjunct Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology, Sydney. For more than 30 years Nicky has had a variety of roles in midwifery practice, education and research. She has published widely and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Nicky is well known for her work supporting the development of collaborative midwifery models of care in different settings and as the co-author, and as the co-author, with Billie Hunter, of ‘The Midwife’sTale: an oral history from handywoman to professional midwife’ and ’Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: a practical guide’.

Nicky grew up in the West Country in England where she was involved in setting up and promoting Women’s Aid Refuges. She became a National Childbirth Trust teacher in the 1970s and was a youth and community worker in London before training to be a midwife. In the 1990s, while living in South East London, Nicky was a member of the first group of self-employed midwives to contract into the National Health Service. She now divides her time between living in Bristol (UK) and Sydney (Australia) and enjoys any opportunity to engage in travel, particularly when it involves learning about diverse maternity care systems.  

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Christopher Liu

Christopher Liu is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer based in Brighton. Born in Hong Kong, Christopher came to England aged 15 to study before entering medical school in London. He is widely travelled and enjoys introducing western delegates to exotic cultures. He has led the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Study Tour to China in 2004, Egypt 2006, Syria in 2007, and Cuba in 2012. Christopher has been president of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, British Society for Refractive Surgery, and the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He is current Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon, and Council Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

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Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge is a Director of the Royal Society of Medicine which provides over 400 cross specialty educational meetings each year and is the home of one of the largest medical libraries in the world. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival.  Janice has travelled extensively including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia.  More recent travels have taken her to South America, Burma, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.


Janice Liverseidge will be leading our Medicine in China - FULL. NEW TOUR OPENED tour.

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Dr Paul Luckin

Dr Paul Luckin AM MB.BCh.(Rand.), D.A.(S.A.), F.F.A.(S.A.),   M.MED.ANAESTHESIA (Natal), FANZCA is an anaesthetist in Brisbane. He started training in rescue as an ambulance paramedic in Tasmania before studying medicine in South Africa, where he spent 8 years in a Mountain Rescue Team. Paul served on the Tasmanian Ambulance Service Medical Advisory Council, was Director of the Advanced Airway Management Training Program and was President of Royal Life Saving Society Tasmania Branch.

Paul teaches Search and Rescue at the state and national level and is on the directing staff of the National Police Search and Rescue Managers Course. He provides advice on survivability during Search and Rescue operations to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and Police Search and Rescue teams across the nation, in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

As a Captain in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Paul has served in Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, in the Resuscitation and Retrieval Team for the victims of the Bali bombs, in the first medical team into Banda Aceh following the tsunami, and in Afghanistan.  He is Medical Director, Medical Services Branch, St John Ambulance Queensland, and has been invested as a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ).
For his work in SAR, in 2006 Paul received the Australian National Search & Rescue Award, and in 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for significant service to the community through emergency medicine, and as an authority on survivability in search and rescue operations.


Dr Paul Luckin will be leading our Medical and Military History in South Africa and Medical Military History: Vietnam & Cambodia tours.

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Professor Edward Lynch

Professor Edward Lynch is the Head of Dentistry in Warwick Dentistry at the University of Warwick. Warwick Dentistry aims to be the best provider of postgraduate dental education in the UK within 3 years and one of the best in the World within 10 years. He has been elected the most influential person in UK Dentistry in 2010 by his peers and has held the position of Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Gerodontology of the Queen’s University Belfast as well as Consultant in Restorative Dentistry to the Royal Hospitals from 2000 – 2010. He has served as Senior Lecturer in Conservative Dentistry and Hon. Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Postgraduate Course Organizer for the University of London where he was full time for 20 years (1980 – 2000). During his career, Edward Lynch has been awarded many prizes for his research. He is a specialist in 3 disciplines, Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He is a Consultant to the ADA, a spokesperson for the BDA, and on the editorial board of numerous International Journals. He has also been elected as the Regent for Europe for the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy for Dento-Facial Esthetics. He has presented to the EU parliament on 2 occasions. In the past 12 years, his research team has been honoured ten times by being awarded first prizes at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research. He has also been accredited in October 2010 with the prestigious membership of The American Society for Dental Aesthetics and has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award at the Dentistry Awards (Dentistry, 13 January 2011).

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Dr Anne MacAlister

Dr Anne MacAlister was a GP in Lanarkshire for over 30 years. She has an interest in all alternative medicine with special interest and post graduate training in homoeopathy, acupuncture and hypnotherapy. Anne works as a doctor at a number of rock concerts and has traveled extensively to China, Tibet, India, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Australia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Alaska, USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and throughout Europe. An experienced and popular tour leader, Anne has led many tours through South America and Asia and has now retired from her GP practice to focus more on travelling.


Dr Anne MacAlister will be leading our East of Java: Java, Bali, Flores and Komodo tour.

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Dr Derek Mahony

Derek Mahony is a Sydney based orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment. He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides in reducing extractions of teeth. After completing his Dental Degree at the University of Sydney Dr Mahony completed his Masters Degree in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital, Institute of Dental Surgery, London, followed by a Diploma in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr. Mahony has also passed the Royal College of Dentists in Canada post graduate examination in the field of Orthodontics.

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Dr Richard Marsh

Dr Richard Marsh has a long association with the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches.  He is the author of Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia and Prayers from the East and is the Director of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour, a registered charity that works in the intersection of nutrition and neuroscience to improve brain health and wellbeing. Richard has travelled extensively and is an experienced tour leader, having led many successful tours to many destinations.


Dr Richard Marsh will be leading our Ethiopia: Historical and Contemporary and Russia: Historical and Contemporary tours.

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Dr Eduardo Massad

Dr Massad is the Head of the Department of Legal Medicine, Medical Ethics and Occupational Medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo. He is also an Honorary Professor of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 2003. Originally trained in medicine, Dr Massad went on to obtain a degree in physics and a PhD in experimental pathology. Together with his collaborators he did important work in the mathematical modelling of infectious disease such as dengue and yellow fever.  He is currently working on the European Community Consortium Project ZIKAPlan and a project assessing ZIKV transmission and mitigation strategies. 


Dr Eduardo Massad will be leading our Tropical Medicine Study Tour to Brazil tour.

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Natasha McEnroe

Natasha McEnroe is the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Her previous post was Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, and prior to this was Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Curator of the Galton Collection at University College London. From 1997 – 2007, she was Curator of Dr Johnson’s House in London’s Fleet Street, and has also worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Natasha was co-editor of The Hospital in the Oatfield – The Art of Nursing in the First World War (2014) and The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities.


Natasha McEnroe will be leading our History of Medicine Cruise - ON REQUEST and A History of Medicine Cruise along the Volga tours.

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Dr Deborah Mills

Dr Deb Mills is an Australian medical practitioner and a keen traveller. She has been working, lecturing, writing, and publishing for over 25 years in the discipline of travel health.  She owns and runs a busy travel medicine clinic in Brisbane, Australia.  Her book, "Travelling Well", a handbook of  health advice for travellers, is in its 18th edition with over 180,000 copies in print. She is one of the founders of an Australia-wide alliance of over 30 travel medicine clinics and has developed training for its members in travel medicine. Her frequent appearances on radio and TV make her well known in Brisbane. She is long standing member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and is currently studying part time at James Cook University for her Masters in the area of Tropical Medicine. Her website is Dr Deb has previously organized and led a study tour to Bhutan and has visited over 50 countries including Bhutan, India and Nepal.  

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Dr Nicki Murdock

Dr Nicki Murdock, (FRACP, FRACMA, FRACGP, FAICD, EMBA) is a former president of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). She was the RACP Representative to Asia Pacific Paediatric Society International Forum. Nicki was on the Board of the RACP and chaired the Board Risk Management Committee and the Board International Strategy working group.  She has specialist qualifications in general practice, paediatrics and medical administration. Nicki has been part of senior leadership teams in the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and is now the Professional Lead for doctors in the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, where she maintains her clinical skills in the Special Care Nursery.  


Dr Nicki Murdock will be leading our Paediatrics in China tour.

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David Oliviere

David Oliviere is a consultant in psychosocial palliative care, a social worker, an educationalist and a clinical supervisor. He is former director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s Hospice in London and visiting professor at the School of Education and Health Sciences at Middlesex University.

David trained at Nottingham University in social administration and social work. With a background in psychiatric social work and management in the personal social services, David was involved in founding Pilgrim’s Hospice, Canterbury, before joining the North London Hospice as Director of Social Work.  Subsequently, David worked as Community Care Advisor for ethnic minorities and refugees, London Borough of Enfield, and as Macmillan Principal Lecturer in Palliative Care at Middlesex University, whilst practising at the Macmillan Support Team in Barnet Hospital.

David has contributed to several publications, spoken internationally and has jointly edited a number of books including, “Good Practices in Psychosocial Care”, “Loss, grief and bereavement”, “Patient Participant in Palliative Care”, “Resilience in Palliative Care”, “Death, Dying and Social Differences” and “Narratives and Stories in Palliative Care”.

He currently practises as a couple and bereavement counsellor and professional interests include work with families in palliative care; culture and ethnicity; staff support; bereavement; and strength-based approaches. He is joint lead for a new theatre project in palliative care education, “Stories That Speak”.

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Marilyn Pattison

Marilyn Pattison Dip.COT(UK), B.App.Sc.(OT), MBA. FWFOT is the Managing Director of MPOT Pty Ltd, the founder and Director of Rehabilitation at Access Fitness, a Rehabilitation Centre and Day Hospital and fully accessible gym, and the President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Marilyn has been involved in a wide variety of practice settings and has been involved in the various Australian Occupational Therapy associations and worldwide, including the World Health Organisation. Marilyn is recognised as an international expert in Workplace Health, Rehabilitation and Entrepreneurship and is regularly invited as a guest speaker internationally. Amongst other national and international awards, Marilyn has received the OT Australia National Award, has been a finalist in the Australian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and has received the Sylvia Docker Award from OT Australia. Internationally, Marilyn has been conferred an Honorary Life Membership of the Swedish Occupational Therapy Association and most recently has been made an Honorary Fellow of WFOT, the highest international honour an occupational therapist can receive.

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Professor John Pearn

Professor John Pearn is a clinician and medical historian based in Brisbane, Australia. He has been an Academic and Clinical Teacher for 50 years in Medicine and Health Sciences, based at the University of Queensland. He is the Author of some thirty books and more than 200 published papers on the history of medicine and health. As Major General John Pearn, he served in the Defence Reserves for 35 years, ultimately in the appointment of Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force. He commanded the 2 Field Hospital, formerly No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station which was the pivot medical unit on the beach at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Professor John Pearn was a founder, later President and then Honorary Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine. He is an historian of the Order of St John. He has been a Member of the Council for the International Society of the History of Medicine for many years; and its Vice President for the last four years. His books include the history of one of the Greek Islands and research publications on Simpson (of Gallipoli fame) and on ancient Greek medicine.


Professor John Pearn will be leading our Medicine and Society in Burma tour.

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Professor Kerryn Phelps

Professor Kerryn Phelps is an Australian medical practitioner and public commentator on integrative medicine, public health, and human rights issues. Professor Phelps was president of the Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) where she pioneered their first position statement on complementary medicine. She also raised awareness of issues such as Aboriginal health problems, the medical workforce shortage and environmental health. She is current President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She is the health writer for the Australian Women's Weekly, writes political commentary for Medical Observer Magazine and narrates for Last Chance Surgery on Australia's Channel 7 network. In 2011 she was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine.

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Sheila Purves

Sheila Purves (贝维斯) recently retired from her position as Director of International & China Programmes, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (1988 – 2013).  She is now working as Consultant for The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.  In the past twenty-five years, she was  responsible for planning, fund-raising, implementing, and evaluating rehabilitation training projects, mainly in China, many undertaken in the Society’s role as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation. She has worked with hospitals, rehabilitation centres, social and child welfare institutes, and communities.

Sheila is a Canadian citizen, with a basic degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia (1979), a Masters of Public Health in 1996 from Boston University. She is licensed as both an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist. She is honorary advisor, professor and lecturer to many hospitals and medical universities in different parts of China and she has undertaken consulting assignments for WHO, UNICEF, China Disabled Persons Federation, Handicap International (China Office), World Vision Hong Kong, Kadoorie Charitable Foundation Hong Kong and others.

In 2000 she was awarded an MBE for her work in China on the Queens’ Honour List (UK). In 2011 received a Doctor of Social Science (honoris causa) from Hong Kong Institute of Education.


Sheila Purves will be leading our Physiotherapy in China tour.

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Dr Nathalie Richard

Dr Nathalie Richard MB BS BSc MRCP MRCGP FCEM PGDL is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and is a certified trainer in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS), with several years experience. A Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Nathalie is also a qualified private general practitioner working in a multidisciplinary dental and medical centre in Harley Street.

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John and Susi Richardson

Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises. 

Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.


John and Susi Richardson will be leading our A Grand Heritage Tour of India and Assam and Brahmaputra River Cruise tours.

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Jeremy Seal

Jeremy Seal is a British travel writer with a particular fascination for Turkey.  Jeremy has written about the country in books including "A Fez of the Heart" (1995); "Santa: A Life" (2004) and mostly recently in his award-winning "Meander" (2012), which recounts his solo canoe journey down Turkey's Buyuk Menderes River.  Jeremy also writes regularly about Turkey for a range of publications including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and the Australian.  In three decades of travelling Jeremy has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable guides of all to this extraordinary country.    

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Dr Ashok Sethi

Dr. Sethi has pioneered, in the UK and internationally, the art and science of surgical and restorative implant dentistry for 25 years. His practice is totally dedicated to implants, achieving outstanding success rates in terms of predictability as well as aesthetic and functional outcome.

He conceived and taught the Diploma in Implant Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is the director of the recently established PID – Academy providing postgraduate education and training in practical implant dentistry. He is a founding member and past president of the ADI and has been elected as an honorary life member of the Association.

He has written a book “Practical Implant Dentistry” jointly with Thomas Kaus, which is published by Quintessence International and has been translated into 10 different languages. The 2nd edition, “Practical Implant Dentistry–the Science and Art”, is now available.


Dr Ashok Sethi will be leading our Dental Study tour to Japan tour.

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David Shannon

David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. In 2015 he took on the role of UK Development Manager for Optometry Giving Sight and in 2016 took on responsibility for their European operations. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Chairman of the AOP (Association of Optometrists). Previously he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today) and established the OT Editorial Advisory Board. He has consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and has trained practitioners and managers across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice, Shannon and Carton Ltd, in London. David has supervised undergraduate optometry students at City University’s contact lens clinic. David led optometry study tours to China, Cuba, South India, North India, South Africa Sri Lanka and Vietnam in association with Jon Baines Tours.


David Shannon will be leading our Optometry in Nepal tour.

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Dr Kit Sinclair

Dr Kit Sinclair PhD, is an international education consultant in the areas of occupational therapy service and curriculum development. As a founding faculty member of the occupational therapy education programme in Hong Kong, she has played an active role in occupational therapy professional development in Hong Kong, and continued in senior academic and research posts for over 35 years. Since the 1980s, Kit has been passionately involved in the development of rehabilitation and occupational therapy in the People’s Republic of China. Teaching and consultancies have taken her to China’s principal cities, provincial capitals and rural hospitals and clinics where resources and expertise are often extremely limited. She was involved in rehabilitation for survivors of the 2008 SiChuan earthquake and continues her commitment in international disaster management. Kit served as President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists from 2002-2008 and retains the title of WFOT Ambassador. She is an Honorary Fellow of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is editor of the prestigious WFOT Bulletin. A leader in the field, Kit has given many guest lectures and workshops around the world and has been instrumental in global and national policy development in relation to rehabilitation and disability in collaboration with WHO and national governments.


Dr Kit Sinclair will be leading our Occupational Therapy in South Africa tour.

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Pete Starling

Pete Starling is a retired Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) officer and recently retired Director of the Army Medical Services Museum. He holds a MA in First World War studies and a Diploma in the History of Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Pete has lectured and written on all aspects of army medical history and has a particular interest in the medical aspects of the Crimean War. He has acted as a guide on numerous battlefield tours including the Western Front, Arnhem, Gallipoli and Singapore and Malaya with emphasis on the medical aspects of the campaigns.

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Ian Stringer

Ian Stringer has worked in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Kirklees and Barnsley Public Libraries for four decades. Since he retired in 2006, he has worked as a freelance library consultant all over the world and run IT courses for librarians in the UK. He has given lectures on libraries in 24 different countries, on all 6 continents, and has set up 3 library projects in South Africa, Burkino Faso and Ghana to supply books in folding boxes to remote areas (Caterpillar Project). Ian was awarded CILIP Honorary Fellowship for work on mobile libraries generally and the African book box project specifically (Caterpillar Project).

Ian was a committee member of Branch and Mobile Library Group for 25 years, serving as editor of the group magazine from 1993 to 2010 and as chair from 2010-2011. He was a Committee Member of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Libraries), Mobile Library Section 2002-2007 as magazine editor and also chair from 2002-2006. He also compiled the IFLA Guidelines to mobile libraries.

Ian is now chair with International Library and Information Group and a Committee Member of CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network. Peter will be accompanied on the library tour by his son, Paul Stringer, who is a fluent Czech and German speaker having worked in bookshops in Waldshut and Tiengen and for a German call centre. Together they have led 10 library IT courses, as well as courses on talking books.


Ian Stringer will be leading our Libraries, Information and History in Prague tour.

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Tim Sunnucks

Tim is on the Specialist register in Endodontics, takes referrals in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry and lectures and runs courses on both subjects. Tim undertook the Certificate in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman, followed by the Diploma in Restorative Dental Practice. An active member of The British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, The British Endodontic Society, The British Society for Restorative Dentistry, and the International College of Dentists, Tim is also a Member of The International Team for Implantology . Tim helped set up his current private practice in London’s West End.

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Dr John Tidmarsh

Dr John Tidmarsh {MBBS FRACP; BA [Hons] MA (Hons) PhD) is a co-director of the University of Sydney’s excavations at Pella in Jordan and is also co-director of the ANU/University of Melbourne excavations at Jebel Khalid in Syria. He has previously excavated in Greece and Cyprus. His main areas of interest are the archaeology of Alexander the Great’s conquests, the Hellenistic Period in the Near East and Asia, and the Islamic world.

Between 1983 -1995 he was tutor and then part-time lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney where he still lectures in select courses.  He is currently Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History and President of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation of that University.

Dr John Tidmarsh is currently an endocrinologist in private practice and a visiting endocrinologist at Lidcombe-Bankstown Hospital. He trained at Royal North shore Hospital where he was Senior Medical Registrar in 1979.

He has led tours for the University of Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW, and other institutions to Iran (some 20 tours), Oman, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece. He travels widely in the Middle East.


Dr John Tidmarsh will be leading our Iran: Historical and Contemporary tour.

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Jamie Veitch

Jamie Veitch is an experienced and popular tour leader, having led tours to China, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Tibet and Venezuela. He is an avid rock climber and has climbed extensively within Europe and Kazakhstan as well as on the local gritstone cliffs of the Peak District. He has featured within magazines, a book and a film about rock climbing. Jamie is a consultant to businesses, social enterprises and charities and presents a weekly radio programme about business. He has co-founded and run award-winning magazines and is particularly interested in social enterprise and economic and community development.


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Paul Wait

Paul Wait lived in the UK in his formative years and graduated from the University of Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) in 1971.  He and his wife, June, (who provides a talk on this tour) emigrated to Australia and, for over 40 years, he was a transport economist, consulting to the public and private sectors in Australia and for a range of international aid agencies principally in Asia, the Pacific Region and the Middle East, providing policy advice and evaluations of infrastructure proposals.  Paul has worked in many countries, including Singapore, China, Myanmar, Kuwait, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Barbados and Tuvalu.  He and June also lived in Indonesia for two years while he was working on a World Bank project and they have travelled widely for pleasure to India, North America and many countries throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe. 

Since retiring, Paul has enjoyed pursuing his interest in choral and classical music in addition to lecturing on a variety of historical subjects, including the Great Siege of Malta, the Fall of Constantinople, the Battle of Hastings and the Hanseatic League.  


Paul Wait will be leading our Malabar Journey: Cardamom Hills to Malabar Coast tour.

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Richard Warren

Richard Warren is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He is a generalist in obstetrics and gynaecology with particular interest in menstrual irregularity, menorrhagia, hormone replacement, premenstrual syndrome and prolapse. He has local, regional and national involvement with training and education.  Mr Warren has served many years on RCOG Committees and RCOG Council and he is the past Honorary Secretary of the RCOG. He has been chairman of the RCOG Workforce Advisory Committee and has previously led very successful tours to South India, South Africa and Cuba. Mr Warren has travelled widely and has a number of excellent personal and professional contacts in various destinations.


Richard Warren will be leading our Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Vietnam tour.

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Professor Cathy Warwick CBE

Professor Cathy Warwick CBE is former Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives. Cathy is also Honorary Professor of Midwifery and an Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to Midwifery and Healthcare. Cathy lectures, writes and advises on midwifery issues with a particular interest in the organisation of care and the promotion of choice for women. Cathy has travelled widely both on her own and with her family, visiting midwifery units in America, Sri Lanka and South Africa and has previously led successful midwifery study tours to China, India, South Africa and Cuba.


Professor Cathy Warwick CBE will be leading our Midwifery in Nepal, Midwifery in South Africa and Midwifery Study Tour to Brazil tours.

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Dr Peter Webb

Dr. Peter Webb is a specialist in the culture and history of the Muslim world. He completed his PhD in Arabic at SOAS, University of London, he researched Islamic art and calligraphy as a postdoctoral fellow in Berlin, and he is now University Lecturer in Arabic literature and culture at Leiden University. His publications include numerous academic papers, translations and critical editions of classical Arabic literary texts, and the book Imagining the Arabs (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), a comprehensive exploration of the Arab people in early Islam. He has travelled throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, studied at the Universities of Damascus and Isfahan, and he regularly leads tours to Uzbekistan and Iran. Prior to his academic career, Peter was a solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP in London.

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Sue Weir

Sue Weir is a former Westminster Hospital nurse and a registered Blue Badge Guide. She developed a special interest in medical history and runs her own company, Medical History Tours, which takes groups and individuals to places of medical historical interest both at home and abroad. She has written Weir's Guide to Medical Museums in Britain, has a Diploma in the History of Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries, is past President of the History of Medicine section at the Royal Society of Medicine and is also past President of the British Society for the History of Medicine. Sue has led many cruises and specialist tours and is a highly experienced and popular tour leader.


Sue Weir will be leading our Maritime History Cruise in the Mediterranean tour.

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David Wilkinson

David was born in Pontypridd, qualified in medicine in 1971 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital and then specialised in anaesthesia, passing his FFARCS (now FRCA) in 1975. He was appointed to the staff at Barts in 1978 but took a sabbatical year in Perth, Western Australia in 1979 returning to London to take up his consultant post. He had already started to collect equipment to create an anaesthesia museum at Barts while a registrar; this interest has remained throughout his career. He was a founder member of the History of Anaesthesia Society and was their first Editor from 1986-1993 and was their President in 2006-8. He was the Society of Apothecaries Lecturer in the History of Medicine to St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1994-2008; Chairman of the Barts Archives Committee 1988-2006; Curator of the Charles King Collection 1982-1995 and then Honorary Archivist for the Association of Anaesthetists 1994-2001. He became Wood Library Museum Laureate in the History of Anaesthesia in 2008.

He has been involved in anaesthesia organisations both nationally, in Europe and the world. Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), Secretary and President of the Confederation of European National Societies of Anaesthesia (CENSA) and then Secretary and President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA). He retired from clinical anaesthesia in 2008 and took on the two four-year positions with WFSA from that time.

An inveterate traveller, David has spent a lot of time on every continent except Antarctica and has travelled to lecture, teach and holiday in equal measure!


David Wilkinson will be leading our Anaesthesia in Burma and Medicine in China with RSM tours.

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Zhang Zhong Jiu

Zhang Zhong Jiu (known as John) has worked with Jon Baines since 1994, taking healthcare, education, other professional groups and cultural groups around China. Educated in Beijing and London and widely travelled, John is extremely knowledgeable and popular with our groups for his ability to bring China’s history and society to life with personal anecdotes. Having led a wide variety of professional groups over so many years, his breadth of knowledge is second to none.


Zhang Zhong Jiu will be leading our Yunnan, South West China and Tibet tour.