​AISHA ALSHAWAF, BDS 1986, FDSRCS, MFGDP, Diploma in Implant Dentistry, Royal college of Surgeons of England

Aisha is the British Federation for Women Graduates (BFWG) representative on the FfWG Board of Governors responsible for the liaison between the Governors and the Federation. She graduated in Iraq in 1986 and has worked in the UK since 1992. She spent 11 years working in hospital oral surgery services, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was accepted onto the Specialist list for Oral Surgery. She worked for four years in general practice before joining St Dunstan’s Dental Practice in Canterbury in September 2000 as an associate dentist. She also works as an Oral Surgery Specialist at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital. She has been a member of the BFWG for over ten years and is currently Vice President for the University Women of Europe.


Admitted to practice as a solicitor in Australia, Hong Kong and England & Wales. Alicia is a lawyer and she is now consultant solicitor at Keystone Law. with over 25 years’ experience advising companies and their boards or financiers on strategic legal, commercial and financial issues. She has a particular interest in women’s equality and charities working to improve the position of women in disadvantaged situations. She.  She believes that education for women is one of the most critical social issues globally and that it is important that more women achieve senior academic and corporate positions.


Current appointed Chair of the FfWG. Jane is a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Southampton. Her teaching and research is about glaciers, sediments and the Ice Age, as well using Sensor Networks to monitor the environment. She has experience in numerous leadership roles including external examiner of PhD and undergraduate programmes, academic appointment boards and grant committees.

Rachael is currently a consultant in the field of urban geography. Previously she lectured at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and has been involved in research throughout her professional life. She has been a member of a number of committees and boards and is committed to women having the chance to maximise their educational potential.



Sam is a senior investment banker who grew up and later worked in India. He has been involved in the world of investments since starting his career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.  He has worked with clients, including charities, on managing their investment portfolios and brings this expertise to the Board of FfWG. Through both his time in India and personal experience he believes strongly in the need for achieving equality of educational opportunity between the sexes.

​CAROLYN CARR, MA (Oxon), DPhil.  

Carolyn is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University. Her research interests include cardiac physiology and metabolism, with a particular focus on cardiac progenitor cells. She is the current chair of the Grant Committee.


Jasmit is the current President of the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG). She is a magistrate, a Court Member of the University of Lincoln and a Chancellor's Friend at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. She is the President of Soroptimist International Midland East Region. Before retiring,Jasmit was a BioMedical Scientist at County Hospital in Lincoln. She believes that education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness and to fostering peace. Education is crucial for girls and women and the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. 


JAMES BEARDMORE, BSc, FIA. James has 30 years’ experience in financial services with insurance companies and consultancies.  He advises pension scheme trustees on investments and funding and has extensive contacts in the higher education and social housing sectors. James is a consulting actuary.