Hericka Bruna Figueiredo Galvao
My Vision is to facilitate the personal and professional development of all SKIP members, volunteers and trainers to help them reach their full potential through needs-based and skilled training, whilst providing continuous support and signposting opportunities throughout the SKIP network and within external organisations.
My mission is to help all SKIP members, volunteers and trainers to reach their full potential by actively seeking out and collating the areas in which they feel further support is needed in order devise a plan of action, together with the Training Working Group, to address any highlighted needs. Furthermore, my mission is to continue the development of effective, sustainable training systems that are critically analysed at every stage and which provide ample opportunities for further development of our members, volunteers and trainers.
I first became involved with SKIP during the first year of my undergraduate degree where I was a hungry, broke student and was offered a few slices of pizzas in exchange for finding out what SKIP was. I was immediately captured by the wonderful work that SKIP does and did not hesitate to apply for a volunteer position. I distinctly remember watching the news as a child and telling my mother I wanted to go to a less developed country and volunteer there, however I could, and help make the world better, but that I didn’t think I was in a position where that was possible. All of that changed while I sat in a lecture theatre, eating a delicious slice of pizza, and listening to previous volunteers retell their experiences.
However, that was not enough, I HAD to be on the committee, I was desperate to learn more and contribute as much as I could to something which I had previously never thought of within my reach! And so my SKIP journey began, and three years later I have been a volunteer, one of the St George’s, University of London committee members for three years, and now in the fourth year of my SKIP journey I have the pleasure and honour of being on the National Committee as the Training Coordinator!
One of the things I am most excited about this year is working closely with the Training Working Group and other National committee members to help organise our annual training events where I will get to work with our incredibly experienced and enthusiastic network of training members and alumni to deliver effective, supportive and energetic training sessions to assist and further develop all of our SKIP members!
Outside of SKIP I am in the fourth year of my Integrated Master degree in Biomedical Science [MSci (Hons) Biomedical Science], currently working on smooth muscle physiology and pharmacology and I am a voracious reader, knitter and baker! My 90-minute journey to university allows plenty of time for reading, while the lovely English weather ensures I always have a nice, warm, handmade scarf or hat, and all the fundraising bake sales we have at SKIP keep my baking abilities on point. Furthermore, I am the Vice-Captain of the St George’s Ladies Rugby team and hold fitness sessions every week to keep our team confident and ready for every match.