BFWG is run by a volunteer management team with part time help in its London office.

Meet the BFWG Management Team   2012/13


Gloria Banner PhD BA Cert Ed

Gloria BannerGloria first graduated from The University of Birmingham with an Honours Degree in German and French. She obtained one of the first part time PhD degrees from Birmingham in 1987 after five years of study. Subsequently she was appointed Honorary Research Fellow at The School of Education for five years. During this time she undertook a number of projects researching into how students learn. Gloria has published in a variety of journals and she has given papers nationally and internationally. She has acted as Vice President, Education Consultant and Regional Representative for BFWG. She is an Associate Member of The Education, Learning Styles International Network (Elsin). Gloria enjoys travel, international contact and cooking.






Aisha Alshawaf BDS, stat(UK), FDSRCS Eng, MFGDP(UK), Dip Imp Dent RCS Eng

Aisha graduated in Dentistry from Baghdad University in 1986 and spent eleven years in hospital-based dentistry in the UK. She now divides her time between General Practice and the Maxillo facial Department of East Kent Hospitals Trust. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and a Specialist Oral Surgeon with the Diploma in Implant Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Aisha has been a member of BFWG for several years and was Canterbury Assopciation President in 2011.

She is a team player with good organisational skills. She has successfully blended her Middle-eastern upbringing with living in Britain for the last 20years and hopes to bridge the gap between long standing and newer members. She enjoys dancing , skiing, squash and improving her French.



Monica Dodds BA (Hons) Cert. Ed.

Monica DoddsMonica graduated from Birmngham University in Geography and Archaeology and enjoyed a career in teaching at all levels from Primary to Post Graduate, in a variety of situations. Interest in teaching in the UK was soon expanded by travel, into support of training of young people in the developing world. Personal contacts particularly in Tanzania are now supported by members of BFWG providing help with  secondary education for girls.
Having grown up in Oxfordshire, environmental issues and the management of them are every much part of her way of life. Living now in Yorkshire but coming from the 'South' has provided much humour. Renowned for her rural pursuits and 'Open House', she enjoys the intellectual balance of active membership of BFWG, UWE and GWI. International meetings in Perth, Ottawa and Romania have provided a great stimulus for appreciating the opportunities of exchanging ideas and encouragement.
As a member of BFWG for many years she believes strongly in the future of the Federation and the role it can play.
A committed Christian , Monica is involved locally and in the wider sphere, in pastoral issues and practice.



Patrice Wellesley-Cole MA(Oxon)

Patrice read Law at St.Hugh's college, Oxford, qualifying as a Barrister and practised in Sierra Leone where she was the CIR of the association and attended many IFUW conferences. She became the youngest Vice-President of I.F.U.W.when elected in 1989 until 1992. She was also Zonta President in Freetown and Treasurer of the Bar association.

An Afro-saxon born and brought up in Nottingham, she continued practising in London on her return to the U.K. in the areas of Family, crime and Immigration and  became a member of the BFWG, attending meetings, UWE and the last I.F.U.W. triennial in Turkey. She has both given and contributed to papers nationally and internationally and Law journals and is a member of the IARLJ/International association of Refugees Law Judges and currently sits in the First-tier Tribunal in Central London. Committed to womens'rights and girls'education, she was recently endorsed as a member of the UNHCR RSD deployment scheme and roster.She enjoys Travel and Theatre.


Gail Sheridan, B.Sc.(Econ), FIPR

Gail studied at the London School of Economics, where she was General Secretary of the Students Union, before embarking on a lifetime career in public relations.She joined the BFWG in Worcester in 2008 where she served on the committee and as Regional Representative. In PR she started in the political sphere in London, moved into business-to-business consultancy and then into an in-house job with one of the major computer manufacturers where she was a leader in global events with PR colleagues. Following a move to the Midlands she established her own business specialising in IT, engineering and corporate finance , eventually opening a thriving office in London. She chaired the Institute of Public Relations Midlands Group for ten years and was made a Fellow of the IPR. After selling her business in 1996 she became an independent consultant.
She is grateful for her own opportunities and wants other women to be equally fortunate. She enjoys reading, theatre and travel.



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