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

Meet the BFWG Management Team   2017/2020


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 SheridanGail 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.

 Carrie de Silva LlB (Hons) MA

Carrie de SilvaCarrie has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leicester and worked in corporate taxation, predominantly with Arthur Andersen, before going into education. She is now a Principal Lecturer in Law and Taxation at Harper Adams University (a former agricultural college in Shropshire), teaching a range of students and running the postgraduate programme in Rural Land Management for prospective land agents and chartered surveyors. Along with tax qualifications she gained an MA in Local History from Keele University and has written a history of agricultural education and research. Carrie maintains overseas links, both professionally and through family in Sri Lanka and Canada. She is involved with the African Prisons Project and was privileged to teach law to inmates and staff in both mens' and womens' high security prisons in Kenya. She is interested in lifelong education, developing and delivering CPD and is particularly concerned with enabling flexible careers and career breaks to allow women to combine work, academic and professional development with family commitments. Memberships include the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and hobbies include playing the piano , trying to visit every Catholic cathedral in the UK and working on cookery book collection (over 1,000 to date) catalogue of reviews.

 Gillian Hilton PhD. MA Education Ac.Dip.Ed. Cert.Ed. Fellow NCESST

Gillian has worked in education all her life, first training as a secondary teacher then eventually moving into teacher training. As a result, she is passionate about the standards and quality of education here and overseas and has spent a great deal of time working to help individuals achieve and other countries improve their education systems. Gillian has worked in quality assurance in education here and overseas. She is still n active researcher and writes about current trends in the world of education internationally and currently works as a PhD examiner for South African universities. She now spends a great deal of time engaged in attempting to help her daughter cope with her two lively children, which is exhausting but a delight. Gillian has numerous interests including travel and meeting people from all walks of life and enjoys cooking and some gardening in her spare time. She loves music and sings with three choirs. Gillian feels that BFWG is an asset that must be cherished and supported in the country, without it being set in stone and not moving with the times, or its proud history and contributions to women’s advancement could be lost, which could be a disaster for all graduate women.


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