Meet Elizabeth, our new Events Officer!

Jun 18, 2024

We’re so excited to introduce Elizabeth our new Events Officer, who joined the Beacon team this May.  

Get to know one of the newest members of our team and email her at elizabeth@rarebeacon.org to say hello.

Welcome to the rare family, Elizabeth!

What were you doing before you joined Beacon?

Last year, I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.

In my final year, I undertook a research project investigating the neural mechanisms underlying two subtypes of frontotemporal dementia.

I also recently co-authored a scoping review investigating the relationship between visual impairment and cognitive decline; this was such a valuable experience which taught me resilience and determination, skills I hope to take forward in my new role at Beacon.

Photo of Elizabeth

Why did you choose to join the Beacon team?

Photo of Elizabeth with her partner

Having previously volunteered in a care facility and completing an internship with Simon Fraser University’s Department of Gerontology in Vancouver, I knew that I wanted to work in a patient-focused environment.

I am inspired by Beacon’s work and excited at the opportunity to contribute to such meaningful projects.

Patient groups remain at the heart of all that Beacon does and their values align with mine. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of the team!

What do you want to achieve most at Beacon?

First of all, I am excited to learn more about the rare disease community from the patient groups and from the experience of my team.

I’m eager to support with the planning and delivery of Beacon’s many impactful projects and conducting research to support decision making and planning within the charity.

In particular, I am looking forward to contributing to impact data and quantifying engagement with the charity to gain a better understanding of how Beacon’s work is benefitting the rare disease community.

Photo of Elizabeth with the sunset in the background

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Photo of Elizabeth climbing

I spend most of my free time bouldering – I love the physical and mental challenge. I also love being in nature so I’m looking forward to climbing outdoors more this summer.

When I’m not climbing, I can often be found spending time with family and friends, eating at my favourite restaurants, or doing yoga.

What’s your favourite book/film/TV show and why?

Some of my favourite books include The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and anything by Stephen King.

I don’t watch much television, but I do enjoy a David Attenborough documentary!

And that’s a wrap!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about one of our newest Beaconites, Elizabeth.

Remember to email her to say hello and join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the rare family!

Photo of Elizabeth graduating

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