The Charity operates through a dedicated team of passionate volunteers and part-time staff. Our trainers are all either fully qualified or trainee healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors and physiotherapists. All are put through a rigorous selection and training programme to ensure that they have the skills needed to be really effective trainers.

We are committed to their personal and professional development and encourage all to grow and develop. We think they are great and think you will too. Find out more about them and why they work with Bart’s City Life Saver below.

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Niamh Whelan

Volunteer Team Leader

Niamh is a member of the Senior Team and joined the charity as a volunteer in 2007. She has remained involved in varying capacities since then. With responsibility for the community arm of the organisation, she led on the success of the BCLS Patients Project between 2009 - 2014. She currently supports the charity in the development of community training endeavours.

She works full time for the NHS as a Ward Sister on the paediatric liver unit at Kings College Hospital and enjoys running, surfing and travelling.

‘I work at BCLS simply because I have a passion for developing others and for resuscitation.’


joanna pellet


I am the administrator for Bart's City Life Saver, dealing with bookings and supporting the trainers. I have previously worked in marketing and customer communication roles for companies including Legal & General, John Lewis Financial Services and esure insurance, and I now work part time for Bart's City Life Saver around looking after my two young children. I really enjoy being part of an organisation that makes a difference to people's life saving skills and knowledge.


Maria Ahmad

Team Leader

Maria is a medical student at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry currently studying an intercalated BSc in Pre-hospital Medicine. She has years of experience teaching first aid and basic life support to young people in St John Ambulance, and has worked with Bart’s City Life Saver for two years, now supporting and mentoring newer members of the team. Alongside this, she completes regular ambulance shifts to increase her exposure to and experience in Pre-hospital Medicine. She has a special interest in Medical Education and, aside from her first aid teaching, works for the Medic Portal where she supports students with their application to Medicine through teaching courses and writing blogs. She also volunteers in the community with Teddy Bear Hospital to teach primary school children important public health messages such as healthy eating in a fun and interactive way. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction, applying henna and playing badminton.


Xinting Liu

Team Leader

I have been working with BCLS since 2016 to deliver Baby, Child and Adult Basic Life Support as well as AED courses. I am an Assessor and Team Leader providing support for members of the team. I was first involved in delivering First Aid with St John Ambulance and I have been a trainer since 2014 delivering First Aid teaching to primary and secondary schools. My favourite part of being a trainer is seeing improvement in clients' technique and their growth in confidence. I always try to tailor my sessions to everyone's level in an interactive
and fun way. I love to see people learning the importance of basic life support and the impact it can have on someone’s life.

In 2018 I obtained my MSc in Regenerative Medicine and was awarded a distinction. I am currently a final year medical student in Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and on the road to qualify as a doctor in July 2020. I enjoy dragon boating, swimming and playing table tennis in my spare time.


Ailia Zaidi

Training Team Leader

I joined Bart’s City Lifesaver in 2014, and I am qualified in teaching Adult Basic Life Support, Baby & Child Basic Life Support and AED training. I have since gone on to become an Assessor and Training Team Leader; this role includes mentoring and assessing new trainees' and providing support for junior members of the team. 

I am passionate about delivering high-quality training sessions to ensure each participant feels confident and comfortable with their new skills and knowledge. I aim to provide information in a way that's easy to understand for all participants and encourage an informal and interactive approach in my sessions. I particularly enjoy hearing people's personal experiences with basic life support, whether as a rescuer or a casualty, as it often makes for insightful and inspirational discussion and reiterates the importance of having these skills. I also find that I personally learn a lot from hearing unique perspectives from the participants. 

I am currently in my final year of studying medicine, and will qualify as a doctor in July 2018. I also hold a 1st Class Honours degree in Medical Genetics from Queen Mary, University of London. My hobbies include reading, running and relaxing. 


doyinsola dada

Training team leader

I am working as a foundation year 1 doctor after completing medical school at Barts and the London. 

I have been working with BCLS since 2014 as a trainer in our Adult, Baby & Child and AED Basic Life Support courses. I have since progressed to become an Assessor for new trainers and a Team Leader. 

My favourite part of the job is seeing people grow in confidence as the session progresses and getting to interact with clients from a variety of backgrounds; everyone brings a unique and valuable perspective to using basic life support skills in the community. I strongly believe that every new person trained is another potential life saved.


Ellen richards


My name is Ellen, I am a biomedical science graduate and currently study medicine at Barts and the London. I am involved in lots of emergency medicine related projects such as the pre-hospital care programme at Barts, and love being able to teach some of the skills I've learnt during these experiences in BLS sessions.'


abigail thompson


I’ve been a trainer for Bart’s City Life Saver since October 2017. I joined whilst studying my BSc in Adult Nursing at King’s College London, and continue to be part of the team now that I am studying Graduate Entry Medicine at Bart’s and the London. I love being able to teach BLS to clients in an engaging and understandable way, and the style that Bart’s City Life Saver uses to teach has always enabled this. Through Bart’s City Life Saver I have been given the tools to pass on vital knowledge, and for this to potentially influence the outcome of an emergency situation in the future. BCLS is a fantastic organisation full of wonderfully committed staff and I really enjoy being a part of the team.