CBRL welcomes six new trustees and gives heartfelt thanks to our retiring trustees

CBRL welcomes six new trustees and gives heartfelt thanks to our retiring trustees

At the Annual General Meeting that took place on 11th December, CBRL’s membership voted in six new trustees to join our Committee of Management and replace those retiring in 2019. We would like to thank here those who leave us in 2019 - Dr Alex Bellem Dr George Findlater, Dr Louise Martin, Vivien Morgan, Prof. Graham Philip, Dr Nicola Pratt - and thank them for their valuable contribution over the years. At the AGM, Dr Matt Jones, a current trustee was elected to the role of Honorary Research Chair, replacing Dr Louise Martin.  

Here we introduce you to the new members of our board. 


Kate Owen  

Kate has significant experience of strategic management of overseas organisations and regional expertise of the Palestinian Territories having lived and worked in East Jerusalem for three years as Deputy Director for the British Council there between 2007 – 2010. For the past 12 years Kate has worked extensively in and with the MENA countries where she built up a great deal of regional expertise, working with regional partners and stakeholders, developing her knowledge of the education system in each country, liaising with colleagues in-country and interpreting this for colleagues in the UK higher education sector. 


Dr Nellie Phoca-Cosematatou  

Nellie completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, followed by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2001, leading to academic appointments at the University of Oxford (Wolfson and Keble colleges). She has held research scholarships at the British School at Rome (BSR) and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) and has excavated and travelled extensively in the Mediterranean and surrounding countries including Israel, Jordan and Turkey. 


Dr Rachael Sparks  

Rachael holds the post of Associate Professor and Keeper of the Institute of Archaeology's Collections at University College London. She has worked on numerous excavations in the Middle East including Teleilat Ghassul, Gharandal, Petra, and Pella. Her research interests include cultural interaction between Egypt and the Levant, material culture and identity, the social and cultural contexts of ancient writing systems, archaeological ethics, and the archaeology of British Mandate Palestine.  


Tom Thomson  

Tom had a long international career in media, beginning as a correspondent in New York and then the Middle East with latterly management roles as bureau chief for South Africa and Namibia, news editor for North and South American & the Caribbean, news editor for Asia, editor for Asia. He has recently completed a six-year term on the board of the British Council where he had a particular focus on Middle East operations. 


Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas  

Gerasimos is a Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the School of Government, University of Birmingham. He was a 2017 CBRL Pilot Grant recipient for a project that looked at forced displacement in Jordan. In mid-2017, Gerasimos was elected Treasurer of the International Studies Association’s Section on Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Studies (ENMISA) and the American Political Science Association’s Section on Migration and Citizenship.  


Dr Mark Zeitoun  

Mark is co-founder of the Water Security Research Centre, and Professor of Water Security and Policy at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. His research focuses on development of theory international transboundary water management, influence conflict on water and other essential urban services, and water security and management in development conflict contexts. This stems from his work as a humanitarian-aid water engineer and advisor throughout the Middle East and Africa. 

Read other news