We are very excited to have Philippa Bayley join The Harbour as a new Trustee.
Philippa moved from a career in neuroscience research (earning her PhD from UCL in 2004) to public engagement, science communication and research management. Philippa now manages the University of Bristol’s environmental research institute, the Cabot Institute, and has worked at the University since 2008.
During a recent career break Philippa ran a project entitled ‘When Death Comes’ which asked people to share their creative responses to death and dying, bereavement and loss.
“I was interested in joining the Board of The Harbour because I believe that the organisation is fulfilling an urgent and largely unmet need to provide psychological support to people affected by terminal illness.
I heard about The Harbour in Autumn 2015 when I was organising and presenting an exhibition called ‘When death comes: creative conversations about dying and living’. The exhibition stemmed from my experience of losing my mother to Motor Neurone Disease in 2013, and from a desire to hold a space where people could share their creative reflections on bereavement and loss.
When Sam and Hannah contacted me about The Harbour’s work I immediately felt it was something I wanted to know more about and support. Events such as ‘When death comes’, and informal gatherings like death cafes, offer an important space for people to share experiences and reflect on the role death has played in their lives, but it is vital to also be able to offer expert psychological support to those who need it. Having had many conversations with my mother towards the end of her life I think she would have appreciated access to counselling and therapy. We often don’t hear the voice of the dying person, but if we can help them be clear about what they feel, want and need we can – as family, friends and professionals – do a much better job of supporting them.”
We are very excited to have Philippa on board and know that she will bring valuable skills and experience to The Harbour.