The University of Essex has named MS-UK Chief Executive Amy Woolf as its Alumna of the Year for her commitment to challenging preconceptions and making a difference. Amy completed her BA Social and Cultural History in 2006. She went on to become manager of the Child Law Advice Line at Coram Children’s Legal Centre before taking on her current role at MS:UK in 2014.
Internationally-renowned Producer and Director Geoff Posner has won six BAFTAs, two International Emmy Awards and four British Comedy Awards. He graduated from Essex with a Sociology degree in 1970 and then pursued his dream of working in television. He directed and produced some of the most iconic comedy programmes of the past 40 years including Not The Nine O’Clock News, The Young Ones, Saturday Live and Little Britain plus series starring Victoria Wood, Steve Coogan, Lenny Henry, Paul Merton, French & Saunders, Harry Enfield and Catherine Tate.
His production company, Pozzitive, specialises in nurturing young comedic talent, both in television and radio. He is also one of the country’s leading directors of live events.
Will Pooley contracted the Ebola virus while nursing in Sierra Leone. After recovering in the UK he returned to Africa to care for Ebola sufferers. He was awarded an Honorary Degree on 14 July 2016 at our Graduation ceremony for the School of Health and Social Care. Here he talks about nursing in Africa and gives words of encouragement to our new graduates.