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Maureen has been involved in mental health for many years and is honoured to be involved with Birmingham Mind as a Trustee. Maureen is a nurse by professional background, RN & RMN, and has worked clinically in both physical and mental health including as a counsellor in primary care.  As a Lecturer at the University of a Birmingham for over 20 years she was the University Stakeholder Governor in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust for 10 years; Maureen now holds an Honorary Lecturer position. Maureen has a long- standing interest in the wellbeing and resilience of service users and staff in clinical practice and higher education; this is reflected in her research, teaching and training.

Maureen has carried out extensive Oral History research with the Polish community in Birmingham.  She was the Chair of the Midland Polish Community Association and made two successful Heritage Lottery Bids;  giving voice to the experiences of the first and second generation of Polish people who arrived in Birmingham through forced migration as a consequence of the Second World War.