The tour leaders
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.
Alex Attewell is the former Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in St Thomas’ Hospital in London. A history graduate of the University of Bristol, Alex trained as a social history Curator at Leicester University, qualifying with the AMA in 1992. Alex has written, broadcast and lectured on Florence Nightingale for over 20 years. He serves on the board of several museums and galleries in London. He also works as a translator and writer in the heritage sector. Alex's website is at www.alexattewell.com
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.
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.
Peter Brinsden was born in Peking China and lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong before joining the navy and serving as a Ships Medical Officer. Peter qualified as a gynaecologist and went on to specialise in fertility. He worked at the Bourn Hall Clinic under Patrick Steptoe, the IVF pioneer who, with Professor Robert Edwards, was responsible for the birth of the world's first IVF baby Louise Brown in 1978. He was appointed Medical Director at Bourn Hall Clinic, in March 1989 He has been an Affiliated Lecturer at Addenbrookes Hospital since 1992, and a Visiting Professor at the Capital Medical University in Beijing since 2001. Dr Brinsden has also been an Inspector for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority since 1997.Dr Brinsden is in great demand internationally as a lecturer on fertility. Peter is President of the British Fertility Society and Vice Chairman of The Nelson Society.
Dr Lavinia Byrne has had ample opportunity to study the effects of religious belief on the development of culture and art. A former internet columnist for The Tablet and book reviewer for the Church Times, she has also broadcast with BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and as a religious commentator. A modern language graduate, she taught at Heythrop College, London and at Westcott House, Cambridge where she lectured in Spirituality and Communications. At present she lives in Bath, Somerset. Lavinia has travelled extensively and has led tours to Syria, Iran, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. www.laviniabyrne.co.uk To hear Lavinia talk of her experiences in Syria and Jordan use the following link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vklog#synopsis
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.
Dr Simon Chaplin is Head of the Wellcome Library in London. Prior to that he was 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.
Imti Choonara is Professor in Child Health (University of Nottingham) and is based at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital in Derby. He is a practising paediatrician but also a paediatric clinical pharmacologist. He is one of the Deputy Editors of the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. Alongside his interest in drug therapy in children he has visited Cuba on many occasions. He has written numerous scientific articles in conjunction with Cuban health professionals and is currently supervising a Paediatric Clinical pharmacist in Cuba for her PhD in Paediatric Pharmacovigilance. He is also currently the Chair of the NIHR HTA Pharmaceutical Panel which is responsible for commissioning research of clinical trials of medicines in adults and children in the UK.
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.
Christalla Demetriades, (Talla) graduated with a degree in Medieval Ecclestical 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.
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.
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.
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 referral practices in the West End and the City of London. Tony has led tours for us in Cuba, China and most recently South India.
Jane has extensive administrative experience in the fields of business, politics and charity. She runs her own successful events and project management business, with particular focus on working with charities. With a passion for travel, Jane has been involved with tours to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and led the highly successful Mickey Walker Golf Tour to China in 2007 and 2008.
Auriel Gibson qualified with distinction from The Royal London in 1972. She gained a Master’s degree in 1974 and her FDS RCS (Eng) in 1978. After moving to Norfolk and having had two children, she started her own practice in 1986. Auriel furthered her education by attending Mike Wise’s advanced restorative programme and the One-to-One 2 yr Implant training course at the Charles Clifford Hospital in Sheffield in 1998. She achieved her MGDS and FFGDP in 1996 and 2004 and is a past President of BSGDS. Auriel now works primarily in referral practice concentrating on cases of advanced restorative need including implant placement and restoration. She is also a tutor on the Dip Rest Dent course and a Fellowship tutor for FGDP.
Susan Hagan was a Tutor and Practitioner of Complementary Therapies for 35 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. She lived in Nepal for 13 years, India for 6 where she trained as a Ceramist, America for 8 years, Greece, Germany for a time and then the UK until she moved to live in Bulgaria where she is building her own house herself in the old traditional methods using clay, mud, straw and sand.. To date she has renovated a long barn, built a Cob Guest house on her property and established a Permaculture garden. She teaches Natural building to young people and still practises her Therapy for local clients. An experienced tour leader, she leads regular tours to Nepal, India and Bulgaria.
Christine Holt is a fully qualified PGA professional and established teacher. After a successful career in both professional and amateur golf, Christine now specializes in the design, organisation and administration of top quality corporate golf events. Christine has previously led golf tours to Chile, Argentina, Thailand and China.
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 specializes in oral surgery, implantology and facial cosmetic surgery. Paul is experienced at leading dental tours for Jon Baines Tours.
Alp Kaya first started working as a tour guide in 1983, starting as a city tour guide in his beloved native Istanbul. Since then, he has studied History at Queens College in New York and become a specialist study tour guide in Istanbul and Turkey. Alp specialises in medical history and has worked with us on many of our tours in the area. Alp also specialises in gourmet tours and religious history. Alp is an extremely knowledgeable, capable and enthusiastic guide who is renowned for his caring approach and his ability to respond to any situation.
Barbara Kuypers is the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer for West Midlands. She is a trained Nurse and Midwife with over 25 years International and UK experience. She began her career in Midwifery working in Hong Kong, Israel, Zambia and The Gambia for various development organisations before returning to the UK in 1988. She has predominantly worked in London taking up posts as a clinical midwife, midwifery manager and eventually as a Head of Women and Children’s Services. She also took a diversion from midwifery and held the role of Head of Nursing for Emergency Services and General Medicine for a year. From 2007, she spent 18 months working with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and during this time led a Midwifery Tour to China. Through out all of her career, Barbara has continued to support non-government organisations, being chair for the charity, International Health Exchange and is currently an adviser with the UK charity Baby Lifeline.
Currently managing Basingstoke Golf Club, Simon has been involved in Golf Club Management since 1997 at three different clubs and has the reputation of running some of the best Opens in the South of England. For the last fourteen years, Simon has organised annual three day matches at different venues throughout the UK and Europe and has regularly organised and led golf breaks as far afield as South Africa. Simon has also been instrumental in either organising or assisting with a number of large Charity / Corporate Golf days such as Baker Tilly, Barclays, Toni and Guy Charity Day and the Countryside Alliance Charity Day.
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.
Dr Yvonne Luxford is the CEO of Palliative Care Australia. She works with government, health rofessionals, service providers and advocacy bodies to achieve high quality health care which is accessible and culturally appropriate. Yvonne has previously worked with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She has also held positions on various boards across sectors including health, higher education, housing and childcare. Yvonne has particular interests in Indigenous health, chronic disease prevention, and equity of access to healthcare and is keen to assist the development of strong links with other countries, particularly those in the Asia-Pacific region.
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).
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 a number of tours through South America and Asia and has now retired from her GP practice to focus more on travelling.
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.
Dr Richard Marsh has a long association with the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches and other faith-communities in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Caucusus. He enjoys making the connections between history, art, music and contemporary society. He is the author of 'Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia and 'Prayers from the East'. He has experience working in the world of International Development and is a consultant working with a range of charities to improve their public trust and confidence. Richard has travelled extensively and is an experienced tour leader, having led many successful tours to Ethiopia, Armenia, Georgia and Iran. http://www.richardmarsh.org/
Dr. Daniel Martin is an anaesthetist and critical care physician in London. He was one of the research leaders for the Xtreme Everest Expedition to Mount Everest in 2007; a project to study responses to low levels of oxygen in humans ascending to high altitude. The findings of this study are now being used to benefit critically ill patients suffering a similar lack of oxygen at sea level. He is the co-director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme environment (CASE) Medicine at University College London, and teaches physiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Daniel was a member of the CASE Baruntse 2003 expedition; he summitted Mount Cho Oyu (8201m) in 2006 and Mount Everest (8848m) in 2007; he was also the leader of the recent Xtreme Alps 2010 expedition. In a study close to the summit of Mount Everest, Daniel’s blood oxygen level was measured and found to be one of the lowest ever reported in a human! Daniel also provides acute medical care for sporting events and has a particular interest in the treatment of exertional heatstroke in athletes.
Natasha McEnroe is the Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum. Her previous post 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 has lectured widely, at venues including the British Museum, the Museum of London, and the Royal Society. In 2003, she co-edited a collection of essays entitled The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (British Art Journal, 2003) and was co-curator of the exhibition of the same name (Dr Johnson’s House, 2003-4).
Professor Michael (Monty) Mythen trained as a Doctor in the UK and was an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Centre, North Carolina, USA before returning to the UK. He is the Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at University College London as well as Honorary Consultant Anaesthesia and Critical Care UCL Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust; Director Joint UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Unit. He has a wide range of research interests and has over 100 publications with extensive editorial involvement for a number of anaesthetic and critical care journals, as well as being a highly sought after specialist speaker on anaesthesia and critical care in the UK and Overseas. He recently took part in “Caudwell Xtreme Everest” and as project leader spent 3 months as the laboratory manager at The Smiths Medical High altitude laboratory, Namche, Nepal (3,500m); taking his children with him. A qualified RFU Coach and Referee and is in his 10th year of coaching over 50 young people every Sunday from September to May at Ealing Trail finders Rugby Club.
Marilyn Pattison Dip. C.O.T. (UK), B. App. Sc. (OT), MBA qualified as an occupational therapist in 1975. Marilyn has been involved in a wide variety of practice settings. Most recently she has been working with various companies in Australia to help injured workers return to work with a minimum of disruption by developing injury management, prevention and health promotion programmes, as well as helping people with chronic injuries to live a more meaningful life. Marilyn has shared her knowledge and skills both in Australia through her involvement in the various Australian Occupational Therapy associations and also worldwide in her current (volunteer) role as the Executive Director of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Projects include assisting with the development of the profession in countries where it currently does not exist; assisting with the development of disaster preparedness and response packages and resources to support the survivors in the longer term; working on a range of projects with the World Health Organisation; and providing business support and training to occupational therapy organisations to help ensure their long term viability. 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. Marilyn is a regular keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for mature and emerging occupational therapy organisations around the world.
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, did research publications on Simpson (of Gallipoli fame) and on ancient Greek medicine.
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.
After a decade of toiling in the City of London, Aidan downed tools and spent the next two and a half years travelling to all corners of the globe. Eventually, he joined the travel industry as a tour leader working in a number of locations including India, Morocco, Turkey, Greece and Vietnam. He finally hung up his boots in Vietnam, where he settled and lived for six years. Married to a Vietnamese woman, Aidan has a comprehensive knowledge of Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
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.
Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He travels worldwide leading study tours, or being medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion, or running 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 and Burma. He has also given lectures on cruises.
Professor Louise C. Selanders EdD, RN, FAAN is a professor at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. She holds degrees from Michigan State University, Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. She has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate, graduate and lifelong education programs. Each summer she teaches a study abroad course in England which emphasises the historical origins of western nursing as applicable to modern practice. Dr. Selanders is internationally recognized as a Nightingale historian and scholar. With colleagues, she initiated the Nightingale Commemorative Service at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC, which continues as an international means of recognizing the nursing profession and its members. For her work in internationalising the Nightingale model, she was honoured in being selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is co-author of Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action, which received the 2005 AJN Book of the Year Award. She is a founding member and current board member of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health which seeks to internationalise the Nightingale Model in achieving the millennium development goals of the United Nations.
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 is the Programme Director of the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has recently written a book “Practical Implant Dentistry” jointly with Thomas Kaus, which is published by Quintessence International.
David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, as a Doctor of Optometry. In 1995, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. David sits on the Essilor European Eye Care Practitioner Panel and has presented at their European Sales and Marketing Meeting. He is Chairman of the Association of Optometrists (AOP), currently in his third year in the role. Previously, he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today) and established the OT Editorial Advisory Board. He also chaired both the Membership and Education committees. He is a professional affairs consultant with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. He trains practitioners and managers across the UK. He works in the family practice, Shannon and Carton Ltd, in Notting Hill, London with a special interest in contact lenses. During term time, David also supervises undergraduate optometry students at City University's contact lens clinic. David has led Optometry Study Tours to China, Cuba and South India for Jon Baines Tours. In April 2013 he heads the tour to North India.
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.
Pete Starling is a retired Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) officer and now 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, an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Birmingham History of Medicine Unit and is a Worshipful Society of Apothecaries lecturer in the history of medicine. Pete has lectured and written on all aspects of army medical history and has a particular interest in the Crimean War and is Vice Chairman of the Crimean War Research Society. He has acted as a guide on numerous battlefield tours including the Western Front, Arnhem, Gallipoli and Singapore & Malaya with emphasis on the medical aspects of the campaigns.
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.
Jill went to school in South Africa where her parents lived for ten years. She has a degree in Humanities from the Open University and spent two years studying Art and languages in Paris and Florence. She has lived and worked in Italy, and for several years worked as an interpreter for the Italian Embassy in London. Jill ran an art gallery in Wells for 15 years and has recently moved to Bath. She is now a committee member of the Somerset branch of The Art Fund (formerly The National Art Collections Fund). Jill is accompanied on her tours by Lavinia Byrne.
Dr Siobhan Sweeney (MBChB, BSc, MRCPCH) is a paediatrician working in paediatric emergency medicine in The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. She has an honours degree in the history and philosophy of medicine from the UCL, and graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 2001. Siobhan has travelled widely in Europe, and visited Zimbabwe, The Seychelles, Brazil, North America and Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has studied in Florence, Fiji, Egypt and the Cook Islands, and worked in Nepal and Australia. She has a wanderlust and is fascinated by the customs and practices of the diverse cultures encountered on her travels.
Dr Bryan Tully is a member of the Psychologists at Law Group. Dr Tully has a specialist interest and experience in issues of credibility and deception. Dr Tully has been consulted on over 800 cases throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland,and has has been published many times on his specialised subject. Dr Tully is an associate and consultant to Psychology Direct, and has led a previous successful Forensic Medicine Tour to South Africa. www.dr-bryan-tully-psychologist.co.uk
Jamie Veitch works as a Communications and Marketing Consultant at Youth Can Achieve and Development Advisor at Arts4Work Training. Jamie was co-founder and Managing Director of the award-winning social enterprise and community regeneration magazine New Start and a voluntary director of Eventus, the Sheffield-based cultural and arts consultancy. Jamie has worked in social policy publishing since 1994 and is particularly interested in social enterprise and economic and community development. Jamie 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. An experienced and popular tour leader, Jamie has led study tours to China, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Mickey is one of the most respected and influential figures in women’s golf. Culminating in Europe’s Solheim Cup Victory in 1992, Mickey has enjoyed a highly successful career. Following success as an amateur, she played on both the European and US Tours before becoming the first woman in Britain to become Head Professional at the Warren Golf Club.
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. He is also the ex-regional adviser for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and chairman of the East Anglian Regional Advisory Committee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Mr Warren has served many years on RCOG Committees and RCOG Council and he is the immediate past-Honorary Secretary of the RCOG. He has been chairman of the RCOG Workforce Advisory Committee. Mr Warren is a regular visitor to India and has a number of excellent personal and professional contacts.
Professor Cathy Warwick CBE is General Secretary 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 and Cuba.
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 a past-President of the History of Medicine section at the Royal Society of Medicine and is also President of the British Society for the History of Medicine.
Dr Rod Westhorpe FRCA FANZCA is a specialist anaesthetist with 35 years experience. For the last 30 years he has specialised in paediatric anaesthesia, and was Deputy Director of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Management at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He featured in the Australia Day Honours List in 2012. Presently he is the Honorary Curator of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. As well as being President of the Medical History Society of Victoria he is an author or co-author of a number of significant publications including “ All about Anaesthesia” with JM Davies which is information about anaesthesia for the non-medical reader.
Professor Robin Williamson MA MD MChir FRCS is the former President of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Consultant Surgeon at the Hammersmith Hospital, London with a specialist interest in HPB (hepatopancreatobiliary) surgery. Born in 1942 and the son of a Fellow of the RSM, he was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He qualified in 1967 and trained at Barts, Reading and Bristol, with a year at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was appointed Professor of Surgery at the University of Bristol in 1979 and then moved to the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the Hammersmith Hospital, London as Professor & Director of Surgery in 1987. He has served inter alia as Senior Editor of the British Journal of Surgery, and (more recently) the Journal of HPB, President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary-General and then President of the International HPB Association, President of the James IV Association of Surgeons and President of the European Society of Surgery. He remains in active surgical practice. He is married with three sons, two of whom have qualified in medicine.
Frances Wood studied Chinese at Cambridge, London and Peking universities, writing a doctorate on traditional Chinese architecture. She is curator of the Chinese collections in the British Library which include the extraordinary collection of paper documents from the 4th to the 11th centuries found by Aurel Stein at Dunhuang on the Silk Road in 1907. Her main publications include The Blue Guide to China (1990, revised 2002) Did Marco Polo go to China? (1996), No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port life in China 1843-1943 (1998), Hand Grenade Practice in Peking: my part in the Cultural Revolution (2000), The Silk Road (2002), The Lure of China (2009) and (with Mark Barnard) The Diamond Sutra: the story of the world's earliest dated printed book (2010). She has travelled widely, mainly in China, with tour groups and parliamentary delegations.