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The Duncan Society Committee Members

The Duncan Society is run by a team of volunteers who work across diverse areas of public health and academia, ensuring that they enable the society to foster discussion and debate about public health issues which have direct and specific relevance to the people of the area.

Alfred Babatunde Zack-Williams - Chair

Alfred Babatunde "Tunde" Zack-Williams is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Prior to joining UCLAN he had taught at University of Jos and Bayero University, as well as University of Salford. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of Britain, a past member of the British Academy Africa Panel and past President of the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom. Tunde is a member of the editorial board of the Review of African Political Economy and The International Journal of African and Black Diaspora as well as Network Chair of the European Social Science History Conference, University of Amsterdam. From 1992-2006 he was on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work Education. He has undertaken fieldwork research in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana and has written extensively on the political economy of underdevelopment in Africa, as well as on the Africa Diaspora. His main interests include: Conflicts, Diamonds; State and Politics in West Africa; Child Soldiers in West Africa; Old Diaspora and New Diaspora: the Relationship between the old Diaspora and the New in Liverpool. He is an internationally recognised scholar and the author of several books, and over eighty articles and reviews on the political economy of Africa and the African Diaspora. His most recent publication is When the State Fails: Interventions in the Civil War in Sierra Leone, Pluto Press, November 2012. Since 1999, he has been an Independent Member of Merseyside Police Authority, and is the Authority’s representative on the Association of Police Authority.

Jeff Hughes - Secretary

Jeff Hughes is a Registered Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Chartered IT Professional. Jeff qualified as a teacher in 1971 and as a psychologist in 1981.

Jeff has a Certificate in Education, a BA degree in maths and computing a BA Honours degree in psychology and a masters degree in educational psychology. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a member of the British Computer Society and holds a practice certificate as a Registered Psychologist.

Jeff taught in a variety of mainstream and special schools for ten years and has practised as an educational psychologist for more than twenty eight years, working through Local Authority Psychology Services in mainstream and special schools, child mental health, and social care services, for Granada Learning in Further and Higher Education and in private practice in a range of settings with adults and children. Throughout his career he has also worked as an Assistive Technologist (computers for disability) undertaking assessment, support, training and development.

In legal matters Jeff has prepared reports for Courts and Tribunals involving children’s social care, fostering, sexual abuse, custody and other family matters. He has reported on children and adults in matters concerning negligence, understanding and capacity for Court and Tribunal, giving evidence as required, including criminal, educational, employment and personal injury matters.

Richard Fassam - Honorary Treasurer

For the last twelve years, since retirement, Richard has taken on voluntary roles with a number of Merseyside community organisations that have wellbeing of the person, society and environment at their spiritual heart. Richard is keen on keeping Britain green and environmentally friendly while here on the planet Gaia. He has been a member of The Duncan Society for several years now.

Anne Burns

Ann is a founder Duncan Society committee member and has served continuously for 17 years. Between February 2012 and May 2014, she served as Chair of the Society.
Ann is an educationalist; she has worked in secondary schools, further education and higher education as a teacher, researcher and local authority adviser. All her working life has been spent in Liverpool and Merseyside and she is currently working as an associate tutor on a range of education programmes at Edge Hill University.

Jyoti Vithlani

Jyoti has over 30 years’ experience of working in Health, Education & Voluntary sector. In her role as a senior lecturer for over 15 years, she was the program director for M.Sc. Health and Social Care Management and Advancing Leadership programs. Jyoti has worked with public sector managers & international students to facilitate organisational transformation, leadership development, employee engagement, culture, behaviors and values. She was a core team member to facilitate the setting up of new cancer information center in Liverpool. Her experience also includes Managing a large team in at a reference laboratory.

Some of Jyoti's present activities include business & executive coaching for leadership development both on a one to one basis and in set groups, reviewing & updating online and work based learning materials and mentoring on the accredited managers’ program for institute of Health Service Managers. In her role as a Lay assessor for the Royal College of General Practitioner and Northwest Deanery, Jyoti makes contributions to the quality control recruitment and assessment processes and acts as a critical friend for improving these processes. An active member in the local community, she chairs the voluntary organisation ANKUR and is an energetic problem-solver, who uses creativity to assist others to a successful outcome. Jyoti has led several community projects and is a committee member at the Hindu Centre. She is also a Trustee at Norton Priory Museum, an External Examiner Bedford University and University of East London and a panel member for BBC radio Merseyside discussing current affairs. Jyoti has supported local schools and young people for university entrance interview skills. As a working group member for UK Hindu forum she hascontributed towards debates and political representation of issues such as forced Marriages, sexual abuse and violence.

Saad Alshukri

Saad has many years experience in research and development of various projects in management and practical planning development in engineering science and technology consultancies, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, turbomachinery and turbine technology, flow measurement, thermal hydraulics assessment and data analysis and related software / computer modeling / simulation. He has been responsible for wide ranging projects management in Clinical and medical Bio-Engineering , regeneration and community development , also in research and development experience in academic and industrial environments.

Saad has been responsible for teaching, supervising, and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students and engineers at the University of Liverpool and Nottingham Trent University, in computing and software engineering and Technology, training development ,courses, and project management.  He has experience of developing various research programs in Business improvements and effective partnership development and experience team working. Management of various research grants applications and assessment with quality assurance applications in project management, practical development , planning and maintenance of various grants funds.

Louis Simans

Born to liberal, respectful and conscientious parents in Upton and lived in Meols, Lou has 2 children & 2 grandchildren. Lou travelled around the world for 13 1/2 years, stopping for 7 years in the Caribbean: “see what was out there” based on Attenbourgh tv programs.
He lived in Birkenhead after age 23 & has lived in Southport for 33 years. He is a self-taught Accountant in a Liverpool firm on Dale Street and now works part time.
Lou has been a humanist since age 18 and believes in being non-discriminatory.
He has an interest in geography, countryside, environment, climate change and clean air. H enjoys food, chocolate especially!
Despite suffering from Diabetes and early stage dementia, Lou considers himself quite fit and active
Groups- FoE Southport 30 years
EU green; Lib-Dem supporter.
Anmesty International x 30 years
Liberty x 20 years
Current Hobbies- Stamp ex-collector
Folk dancer
Avid reader of the Guardian weekly
Currently D-S committee
Interest in Middle East issues
Louis Simans