CEO Lou McGrath’s busy week
Our CEO Lou McGrath is kept very busy helping run and promote Find A Better Way. To give you an insight into what Lou and the rest of the Find A Better Way team do every day to help realise Sir Bobby Charlton’s dream of a landmine free world, here’s a review of his week so far:
On Monday Lou, travelled to the University of Bristol campus for an update on progress of ‘Project UAVs for Landmine Detection.’ He was joined by Professor Anthony Peyton from The University of Manchester, Professor David Delpy, the chair of FABW’s Scientific Users & Advisory Panel, and John Edees, Chairman of Find A Better Way. They heard from project lead Dr John Day and expert UAV pilot John Fardoulis about their progress adapting available UAV and sensor technology to help deminers do their work more quickly and safely. The project has completed its first year and the team briefed the Find A Better Way representatives on their progress so far and their plans for the upcoming year.
Later that same day, Lou and Professor Peyton made a similar visit to the University of Bath to have an update from the project team based there, which uses electrical capacitance tomography to create 3D images of subsurface objects. They were given a presentation by PhD researcher Carl Tholin-Chittenden, and had detailed discussions about the technology with project lead Dr Manuchehr Soleimani. Carl was able to demonstrate his progress so far by showing 3D images of objects buried in a test sandpit kept inside the lab.
On Tuesday Lou was back at the Find A Better Way offices in Knutsford finalizing the funding agreement for the regenerative medicine project which will start in January at the University of Glasgow. This £2.8 million, five year project will pioneer a new way to regrow bone tissue on 3d printed scaffolds, hopefully providing huge benefits for landmine blast survivors in future.
Wednesday morning saw Lou back on the train, this time headed for London. Upon arrival he headed straight for the new TRT World studios near Oxford Circus. TRT World is a new English-language news channel, funded by the Turkish government, playing a similar role to BBC World, France24 or Al Jazeera. Lou had been invited for an in-depth interview by former Sky News reporter Martin Stanford (pictured above) about the problems landmines and other explosive remnants of war continue to cause around the world. The programme was aired later that day and can be seen in the YouTube clip below.
Immediately following Lou’s television appearance he headed straight to the Royal Society building, Carlton House, for another meeting with David Delpy from FABW’s Scientific Users & Advisory Panel, before returning to Euston for a long train ride home.
Of course, Lou is just one of the dozens of people working to help Find A Better Way achieve its mission every day. The office team in Knutsford, the trustees, researchers at eight leading universities in the UK and Croatia, and Sir Bobby himself are working hard to both improve the lives of landmine survivors and to ensure that someday there will be no more landmine blasts to survive.
As you can see from Lou’s interview with Martin Stamford below, the problem that landmines and explosive remnants of war pose is just as intractable today as it was when the issue first came to the fore over twenty years ago. Find A Better Way was founded to address just this issue – please join us!