UK Team

Angeline Ward - UK Beacon Representative

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Angeline Ward was born in Kenya and grew up in Kisumu and Busia.  She studied at Kenya High and Lwak Girls’ High Schools; and graduated from Kenyatta University with a BA in Business Studies.

Angeline worked at Inter-Continental Hotel Nairobi in various positions, leaving as Assistant Banquets Manager before moving to the UK with her family 21 years ago.  She worked at Hilton Hotel in St Helens as a Banquets co-ordinator and later as a Marketing Officer at Carmel Sixth Form College in St Helens, before a family move to Germany and China due to her husband’s work.  During their time abroad, Angeline volunteered at the international school and returned to the UK with a special interest in international education, teaching conversational Mandarin Chinese part-time whilst working as an Account Executive at a marketing agency.

She joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK in 2012 as a Senior International Marketing Officer and managed recruitment of international students from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and those based in the UK; managed and promoted UCLan’s International Scholarship Scheme working with various scholarship providers; set up the partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Secretariat; revived UCLan’s Chevening Scholarship; and managed the international recruitment agency network.  She is now a Senior Marketing Officer (Student Recruitment) at UCLan’s Burnley campus.

Angeline is delighted to join the Beacon team and is particularly looking forward to using her personal experience of moving from Kenya to settle in the UK, as well as her professional experience of working in UK Higher Education, to support the Beacon University Scholars, their families and stakeholders.

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Jean Cooke - UK Beacon Coordinator

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Jean Cooke has worked in investment for 30 years, as head of administration and compliance and company secretary, latterly with a London based fund management company specialising in emerging markets. After Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls in Canterbury, Kent, Jean travelled widely, including a year in Madrid, but then settled in the south east of England. She has now decided to use the skills developed in her business life for the benefit of others. Accustomed to multitasking, working to deadlines and decision making, she understands the importance of attention to detail and accurate reporting. 

Jean is actively involved in her local Church, where she serves as a Deanery Synod Representative and sits on the Parochial Church Council. She is also responsible for organising the Church Flowers and occasionally sings in the choir.

Jean has been involved with the Beacon since 2014 and provides invaluable administrative support for the Beacon Programme.

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Gabin-Wilfried Kayumbi - UK Beacon Transitions Mentor

Gabin Kayumbi smallGabin Kayumbi, born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, received an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering (Computer Networks and Multimedia Systems) from the University of Genoa, Italy in 2004 and a PhD in Computer Science from Queen Mary, University of London, UK in 2010. He was an exchange student in the Center For Person Kommunikation, Aalborg University (Denmark) in 2002-2003.

Gabin has held several postdoctoral research positions in interdisciplinary teams (the Computational Vision Group at the University of Reading; Medical Visual Imaging with NHS Wales and Cardiff University; Digital Humanities at Goldsmiths University of London). He was a senior researcher at the Open Data Institute.

Gabin's professional experience also includes mentoring and teaching roles (School of Life Sciences and Computing, London Metropolitan University; Institute of Psychiatry-Psychology-Neuroscience, King’s College University of London). He is currently with the University of London. His research interests are in Computer Vision, Virtual Reality, Computer Graphics, Data Science, Machine Learning. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).

Gabin joins the Beacon team to help Scholars transition into UK universities, to facilitate their personal growth and leadership development, and to guide them on future employability.

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