Where in the World? Use the map below to find out where other ADAPT members have been, and are currently working. Below this, you can find the profiles of the current ADAPT committee.
Between all members of ADAPT there is a wealth of experience of working across the globe. The map below identifies countries ADAPT members have worked in (red), and where we are curently working (green).
If you are working in a similar location or specialty as someone on the map, feel free to contact members directly. If they have not left their contact details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact them on your behalf.
If you would like to add or update your details on the map, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. Please complete one form per country worked.
Committee Member Profiles
Alice Harvey (Chair)
My passion for international work started whilst volunteering in Tanzania as I was studying for my BSc in physiotherapy. With more professional skills under my belt I combined work in the National Health Service with several short trips to Tanzania and Senegal, mainly working in the field of Community Based Rehabilitation. I had then very much been bitten by the travel and work bug! I was fortunate to be able to do a three month diploma in International Community Healthcare, and more recently a Masters in Humanitarian Programme Management at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where my research was on how people with disabilities were involved in preparation for future disasters. I worked for CBM for a year in Haiti in response to the earthquake there which was my first role with rehab in emergencies . Since then I have worked for several organisations in response to the Syrian Crisis and also with the UK EMT both as a consultant working on training materials and also deploying with the team to Nepal in 2015.
I now work clinically in the West Midlands, and as the mother of a small person am not able to work for long periods overseas, but remain involved in the EMT and love my engagement through ADAPT. I am thrilled to be involved with ADAPT, joining people passionate about enhancing quality rehabilitation and access to services for people with disabilities internationally.
Lesley Gillon (past chair)
Lesley is a physiotherapist who has lived and worked overseas for many years, mostly in the Middle East including countries such as Jordan, Oman, Syria and Yemen. ” Living in these wonderful countries has given me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of working with different cultures and religions”.
More recently Lesley has been training physiotherapists in Syria and Tanzania.
Lesley has been a lecturer at the University of the West of England for the last 12 years and she also runs a small private practice specialising in the treatment of children and adults with a neurological conditions.
“Combining university work, private work and volunteering overseas is always a challenge but I truly believe that they all complement each other”.
I am very proud to be the current Chair of ADAPT and to be part of the team trying to raise the profile of ADAPT worldwide. One of our current projects is to combine with OT Frontiers and CTI to organise a joint study day and information pack for therapists who wish to work in International health and development.
Sarah Peck (Research Officer)
I qualified with a Bsc (hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia in 2004 and have since worked in the UK and overseas (mainly in India). Over the last six years I have specialised in neurological rehabilitation, in particular working with people with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. I am especially interested in enabling people with disabilities to participate fully in society and do the things that are important to them, an ethos that I believe is relevant across a global context. I have a passion for and appreciate the importance of research and completed a Masters in Public Health and International Development at the University of Sheffield in September 2013. I started a PhD in International Development at the University of Sheffield in October 2014, and hope to be able to continue my clinical work on a part-time basis. I am really excited to be one of the ADAPT research officers and look forward to thinking about how we can make best use of all the innovative work that is being done in the field of disability and development.
Outside of work I enjoy travelling and being outside, either working on our allotment or walking in the Peak District.
Nancy Rollinson (Newsletter co-editor)
I started to work in international disability and development in 2002 as a VSO volunteer physiotherapist for the Ministry of Health in Kiribati, a small Pacific island country. I currently work for Handicap International (HI) as disability technical coordinator in Sri Lanka, I worked for HI previously in Cambodia/Thailand and Bangladesh supporting projects in rehabilitation, socio economic development and disaster risk management. I am delighted to have the position of news letter co-editor and helping to bring forwards topical items of interest to ADAPT members and look forwards to exchanges with ADAPT members learning about their issues and interests to bring forwards through the newsletters.
Pete Skelton (Co-opt PRO)
Pete Skelton is a London based Physiotherapist and Rehabilitation Project Manager with Handicap International. He has worked as part of emergency responses in Gaza, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya, Jordan and Haiti. Prior to this, he spent 10 years combining physiotherapy with his first degree in medical anthropology, balancing work in the NHS in London with development work in Africa and South East Asia. Pete’s current Handicap International project involves working in partnership with UK-Med and Save the Children to integrate rehabilitation professionals into the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.
Joe Waite (Newsletter co- editor)
I have had an interest in International Health & Development since completing a placement as part of my Undergraduate degree at a Children's Rehabilitation Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal . On finishing University in 2012 I returned to work in the Centre and at a nearby Spinal Injuries Care Home; working with local therapists to help develop the service. Since returning to the UK I have established a small charity called 'First Chance Nepal', dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people living in Nepal. I hope to gain more experience working in the health and development sector and feel privileged to be part of the Adapt committee.
Caroline Marshall (Membership Secretary)
Despite having worked in the NHS for what feels a long time, I have just carried out my first voluntary work overseas. I've recently returned from five months in Bhutan and before that spent some time in Nepal following the earthquake. In both places I carried out large amounts of teaching, to students and qualified staff. I'm now back working in Liverpool in an acute neuro hospital. As part of the adapt committee I'm planning on continuing to improve my organisational skills and keep my hand in with what's going on internationally as working or volunteering internationally is something I will definitely return to.