The Phoenix Foundation launch event: Tuesday 27th January 2015, Houses of Parliament. How can you help?

The Team & Key Supporters

The Team

We are four lifelong friends who met at university in Manchester. Our own lives went off on different routes but we have reunited for something we really believe in.

  • Saleyha Ahsan

    Saleyha Ahsan

    Saleyha is an emergency medicine doctor based in London. She is also a presenter for BBC Science. Prior to medicine she worked as a journalist for local BBC radio and has continued to work as a freelance journalist and filmmaker for the last 14 years whilst practising medicine. Her academic interests lie in access to healthcare in conflict zones and she has gained her LLM in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in 2011.

  • Polly Bell-Hughes

    Polly Bell-Hughes

    Polly’s previous roles include working for the Financial Times and Defence Systems Ltd (DSL) supplying staff to UN missions in Former Yugoslavia. Polly has 10 years experience of Business Development for Holland & Holland in New York and London. She has been the Director of her own company, since 2006. Polly also freelances as a teamwork/leadership instructor and expedition leader. She is an associate lecturer in Human Biology. She also is a School Governor and mother to 3 girls.

  • Catherine Skinner

    Catherine Skinner

    Catherine’s extensive experience includes delivering challenging tasks alongside humanitarian aid agencies, NGOs and the media in the Balkans and the Middle East. She is the owner of a successful portrait photography business and mother of two. She is a cancer survivor who works voluntarily as an event organiser raising significant amounts of money for local community projects.

  • Nikki Beckett

    Nikki Beckett

    Nikki is a strategic marketing consultant and business owner, representing global rights holders including Aardman Animations, Studiocanal and The Roald Dahl Literary Estate. She has a strong track record, delivering award- winning campaigns for her clients and has a wealth of experience working with charities in the UK and abroad. This includes the likes of Comic Relief, Children in Need, Feed the Children and Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, support children’s hospitals and hospices in the UK. She also has on the ground experience in conflict zones whilst volunteering as a driver for the International Organisation for Migration in Rwanda in 1994.

Key Supporters

Although it is still relatively early in our development we are thrilled and extremely thankful to those who already have offered their support, advice and time in getting us to this point. This has included creating our logo, our emails and domain names and legal support in incorporating us as an official entity.

Application for charity status is currently underway. In addition we are also proud to announce the following names to add to the fast growing family of The Phoenix Foundation.

  • Deborah Campbell

    Deborah Campbell Atelier

    Deborah Campbell Atelier is a contemporary British made ethical womenswear label. Supporting local communities and sustainability are at the heart of what we do. DCA is the go to atelier for stylish ethical design; pieces intended to form a narrative of love, laughter and longevity. We are proud and delighted to support The Phoenix Foundation by donating 20% of all our tee-shirt profits, which help provide specialist medical burns box equipment for children caught up in war zones. To buy a tee-shirt and help Bee The Change, visit

  • Play for Progress

    Play for Progress

    Play for Progress is an NGO that delivers sustainable music-focused education programmes for children whose education and well-being have been compromised by conflict. The founders, flautist Alyson Frazier and medical doctor Anna MacDonald, created the organisation out of a passion to help traumatised communities in conflict zones through the medium of music. We are thrilled that Anna – also a musician – will be performing one of her own compositions at the House of Commons launch on 27 January 2015.

  • Prometheus Medical

    Prometheus Medical

    Prometheus is a leading supplier of pre-hospital emergency medical equipment and high-quality medical training courses for a wide audience; from the layperson through to the healthcare professional. They have been extremely supportive in developing the ‘Burns Box’ concept – providing two prototypes to demonstrate at the House of Commons launch. Each box will contain essential burns care equipment for children divided into age categories.

  • Philip Lee

    Dr Philip Lee MP

    We are thrilled that Dr Lee – MP for Bracknell – has agreed to support the Phoenix Foundation. Dr Lee is also kindly sponsoring the launch event in the Jubilee Room and the subsequent exhibition in the Upper Waiting Hall. Our introduction to Dr Philip Lee came through Lady Arminka Helic – special advisor to then Foreign Secretary William Hague – whom Dr Ahsan met after her return from Syria.

  • War Child

    War Child

    An organisation that itself was formed after filmmakers returned home from the Bosnian war and felt that something to help the children there must be done. War Child have offered logistical support to deliver Phoenix Foundation Burns Boxes to wherever they are needed. War Child CEO Rob Williams will be speaking at the launch event at the House of Commons on 27 Jan 2015. Some of his team at War Child will come on board as trustees of the Phoenix Foundation.

  • Lord Malloch Brown

    Lord Mark Malloch Brown

    Former UK government minister and United Nations Deputy Secretary General, and Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British government has been hugely supportive. Lord Malloch Brown has spoken widely on the subject of how to improve the humanitarian response in Syria. The Phoenix Foundation are proud to have Lord Malloch Brown’s vast experience in this field available through his commitment as a member of its advisory board.

  • Mr David Nott

    Mr David Nott

    We are delighted that Mr David Nott supports the work of The Phoenix Foundation. He is a vascular surgeon with vast experience in conflict zones and works with Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross and Crescent in conflict zones around the world including Syria.

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No child should have to bear the unparalleled agony of a burns injury without adequate essential medical care. In conflict zones a significant amount of injuries amongst children are burns related and their access to the right immediate and long-term treatment can be severely limited.