Alexandra feels that her role as a trustee links several of her major interests together – healthcare, fundraising and international travel. Alexandra’s long standing interest in healthcare really became serious during her BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at The University of Manchester.
She researched cures for respiratory diseases at a major pharmaceutical company before returning to university to complete her PhD investigating how mammalian brain cells interact with their environment. During the doctorate, Alexandra became increasingly interested in the broader healthcare industry and on leaving the lab she became a healthcare strategy consultant. Alexandra and her colleagues partner with global pharma and other healthcare clients to explore their strategic challenges and develop practical, evidence based solutions tailored to their specific situation. She particularly enjoys understanding the challenges and opportunities offered by different healthcare systems throughout the world and says, ‘For me, it’s all about finding ways to help people have better access to better healthcare. Volunteering as a FoBCH trustee is part of that ambition’.
While at University, Alexandra became steadily more involved in RAG, which stands for ‘Raising And Giving’, the university charity fundraising network. Organising a charity beer festival with over 60 real ales and trips for students to do aid work in Zambia were particular highlights for Alexandra. Together, her teams of volunteers raised over £200,000 for local, national and international charities.
Alexandra thoroughly enjoys international travel and has spent time on 6 of the 7 continents including charity work in Belarus, Romania and Zambia. Actually, it was a trip to Moscow with the Chairwoman of Friends of BCH, Daryl Ann, which started Alexandra’s enthusiasm for exploring different cultures. Subsequently, Alexandra participated in a trip organised by Daryl to run Scout style camps in Northern Belarus which coincided with the opening of the first BCH summer house. The trip left a strong impression on Alexandra and she is delighted to have joined the Friends of BCH trustees to support the hospice’s very necessary work.