Abila Pointing has an academic background in Psychology, Sociology & Management Studies. She gained her MA in Sociology & Social Policy from the University of Liverpool, & her Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Liverpool John Moores University. Earlier qualifications, including an MA in Psychology, were acquired in Pakistan. Abila is now retired, but her working career included employment with Liverpool Careers Service & Nacro (National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders). She has also worked at a national level with a number of criminal justice agencies on the race & diversity agenda. Abila was awarded an MBE in 2008 for her community relations work in Liverpool & Manchester prisons. She was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2010 & was High Sheriff for the County of Merseyside for 2014-15. In January 2011 Abila was appointed to the Council of the University of Liverpool.
Kehinde was born in South London & raised in Nigeria before returning to the UK for his degree in Medical Biochemistry at Brunel University, Uxbridge. Kehinde obtained a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Sheffield in 2002. He then moved to Newcastle University for postdoctoral training in the Dermatology department. Kehinde joined Liverpool John Moores University in 2008 as a lecturer in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, & currently leads projects focussing on psoriasis, alopecia, non-melanoma skin cancer & drug development in co-operation with national & international collaborators.
Priya was born in Liverpool & completed medical school at the University of Manchester in 2008. Having carried out her training in the East Midlands region she returned to Merseyside & Cheshire & completed her GP training in 2016. Priya now works in the local area as a GP.
Priya recently joined the Bloom Appeal board of Trustees in January 2020.
Born in Birmingham, Jane’s academic career began at Edge Hill University College, where she studied Field Biology & Habitat Management. Followed by Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Huddersfield University. Utilising her teacher training, Jane’s career has been focussed on both National & International roles within the corporate world & public service sectors. Jane was an International Training Specialist for a Pharmaceutical Company, working across Europe, South America, Canada and Australia. Jane moved to the Middle East, where she took a role as Director of Soft Skills at a Community Police & Police Science Institute. Jane developed the department & as well as teaching soft skills, Jane established a training program for policing diverse communities, which focussed on diversity & equality issues within the region. This program was expanded to other areas within the middle East. Jane is now retired & returned to live in Liverpool. Jane continues her own education & has worked as a volunteer counsellor for a national charity. She has also embarked on Masters course in counselling.