I am the Chair of the education charity, Making Education a Priority (MEaP). I am also a qualified Pharmacist and a member of the General Pharmaceutical Council. I have over 30 years post qualification experience as a Scientist and Academic (Lecturer and Researcher; King’s College, London and University of Ibadan, Nigeria), a Community Development worker and a Community Pharmacist. I am an author of several peer reviewed scientific papers and books. As a scientist, I have worked extensively on anti-oxidants from plant origin especially of the edible vegetables with a view of promoting a health awareness of the use of antioxidants in the prevention of over a hundred disease conditions based on oxidative stress in humans. These conditions range from neurodegenerative to heart diseases, AIDS and Cancer. I have also received many Fellowships and awards for my research into Pharmacognosy, where I have conducted
- Ethnobotanical Surveys
- Phytochemical Screening and Biological evaluations of ethnopharmacologically based recipes
- Isolation, purification and characterisation/structural elucidation of bioactive components from medicinal plants using techniques such as HPLC, Mass spec, NMR
- In-vivo and in vitro biological evaluations
- Toxicological evaluations of bioactive constituents and extracts
- Formulation studies and clinical trials
I am also the chair of Highway Hope Charity, of which the Highway Hope supplementary schools have teamed up with other leading supplementary schools to form our MEaP consortium. My background as a scientist drives my passion for STEM subject teaching in the MEaP school consortium and is also combined with my interest in community health and wellbeing. In terms of my health advocacy, I am also a Director of the Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN).