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Ten minutes with Professor Marion Lynch, Covid 19 Technical Adviser, Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)
  1. Sarah Helen El-Sheikha
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Mersey Deanery, Liverpool, L35 5DR, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah Helen El-Sheikha, Department of Anaesthesia, Mersey Deanery, Liverpool, L35 5DR, UK; sarah.el-sheikha1{at}

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Marion is currently working as COVID-19 Technical Adviser with Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET). In this role, she brings together 38 years’ experience of working in clinical, educational and leadership roles in the NHS and across the world. Marion has extensive experience of health systems development and partnership working. She is a Charity Trustee, Charity Director and has her own consultancy; Quality Education and Research. In 2018, Marion was an HEE Quality Improvement Fellow, working with the Ministry of Health in Zambia to develop the country’s quality strategy. She holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of West London where she teaches health students from across the globe.

Marion holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Science, an MSc in Health Promotion and Health Education and an MSc in Primary Care Development.

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The key message I want people to take from this is leadership is a behaviour not a position, and it’s about the actions we choose to take.

I held a position as a senior leader in the National Health Service (NHS) up to 2020. I had a title and I had a team, but I walked away. Now I have a portfolio of roles where I demonstrate the leadership skills I learnt in the NHS in a different way.

I want to influence what is happening to improve the quality of care and equity in the system. I only have myself to rely on now, no title or tenure in a grand sounding job to open doors and trigger a timely email response. This is what I love doing. I love it because, and this is the message I want people to take away; I can now work to my values, authentically and compassionately. I wanted to be able to influence at the grass-roots and at WHO level, …

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