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.


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.

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.

Siobhan Gardiner BSc(Hons) MSc PhD MRSB

SGSiobhan graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry in 2011 from Royal Holloway, University in London before later completing her MSc Genetic Manipulation & Molecular Cell Biology in 2013 at the University of Sussex. In 2018 Siobhan will graduate from her PhD programme in Agrifood and Analytical Chemistry at Cranfield University. Over the last few years, Siobhan has had numerous successes with tech-entrepreneurship, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) outreach and public engagement, as well as many excellence awards for her research in food and sustainability. Siobhan founded the Female Researcher Network (FeRN) in 2014 which went on to secure an Memorandum of Understanding with the Scientista Foundation in the USA, to move towards creating a more global network of young women in STEM. In 2015, Siobhan was awarded a Science Policy Fellowship by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC), during which she worked with UK and EU stakeholder groups and DEFRA on biodiversity and conservation, and spoke in the House Of Commons and in pre-election debates in support of international students, the STEM skills pipeline, and environmental policy. More recently, Siobhan was awarded the Innovate UK Women In Innovation Prize in 2016, and became a Commonwealth Export Champion. Furthermore, Siobhan was identified as a Farmers Weekly Rising Star in food security and supply chain in July 2017.

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.



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