SPEAKERS – DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
ALEXANDRA PHILLIPS MAYOR OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE Councillor Alexandra Phillips officially stepped into the role of Mayor at the council’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 22 May 2019. Alexandra, also known as Alex, is the youngest ever mayor of Brighton & Hove taking up the ceremonial chains at 33 years old. Alex has a passion for politics and has dedicated many years to forging links across communities. During her mayoral year in a politically neutral post, Alex’s enthusiasm will be channelled to celebrate success and promote good causes across the city.
Outside of the council, Alex works for a national health charity. She has taken a sabbatical from this post to focus on mayoral duties. Alex’s previous employment includes working as a secondary school languages teacher. Originally from Liverpool, Alex is the daughter of BBC Merseyside radio presenter Roger Phillips. In her rare spare time, Alex enjoys being outside - walking on the Downs, cycling and swimming in the sea.
DR CHULANTHI SAMARATUNGA
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GP WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS Dr Chulanthi Samaratunga qualified as a doctor from Kings College London in 1992, and worked in a variety of hospital specialties (in the UK and abroad) before qualifying as a GP in 2000. She holds postgraduate medical qualifications in Paediatrics, Family Planning, Tropical Medicine, and Substance Misuse, and is a member of the Royal College of General Practice.
Dr Samaratunga has been working in the area of General Practice for homeless people locally for 19 years, which is in keeping with her values of working towards reducing health inequalities and promoting social justice, through coordination across a number of services. She finds her work both challenging and rewarding.