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Who is Dr Nicola Brink?

Written in 2020

Dr Nicola Brink’s calm, clear expertise shines through at every coronavirus briefing. Just like the rest of us, the media has taken her to their hearts, both here and in the UK.

The story of Dr Brink’s career is fascinating and this Bailiwick Express interview makes clear just how incredibly lucky Guernsey is to have her as our Director of Public Health.

Chris Evans from Virgin Radio became a huge fan and praised Dr Brink on air several times:

  • 3rd June 2020 : ‘She’s an absolute genius’.
  • 4th June 2020: Full interview, including more detail about why Dr Brink came to live in Guernsey.
  • 5th June 2020: Chris reads email from Dr Brink.

Joining Chris Evans in the UK fan club were Lorraine Kelly and Dr Hilary Jones of ITV’s Good Morning Britain.  Scroll down to the bottom of this article for Lorraine’s full 6 minute interview.

Dr Brink is admired by her scientific peers too. Guernsey’s response to coronavirus was praised by Professor Sir Chris Ham on BBC Radio 5 Live at the beginning of June and Dr Brink was then interviewed by Adrian Chiles.

At the end of May 2020 The Sunday Times ran an article about Dr Brink dramatically titled ‘Covid-19 stamped out in Guernsey under the boots of a one-women army’. BBC News Online published an overall review of Guernsey’s response asking ‘What does a working ‘test and trace’ system look like?‘. The Sunday Telegraph followed the Times’s lead with their own version of the Dr Brink story entitled ‘Meet Dr Nicola Brink, the ‘one woman army’ who helped Guernsey defeat coronavirus‘ (sadly they have a paywall, but there is a free trial).

There’s even a podcast. ITV National News asked island favourite, Gary Burgess, to interview Dr Brink for their ‘Coronavirus – what you need to know‘ series.

Why no masks? How are we checking on travellers? Dr Brink patiently answered islanders’ questions on BBC Guernsey at the end of May 2020.

In early Autumn 2020, GYOne magazine interviewed Dr Brink about her experiences of lockdown.

And although not a media interview, we just had to include Dr Brink’s soothing bedtime story for the island’s children in this list. Watch here for the original version on a park bench and here for a post-lockdown live rendition at the Guille-Alles library. There was a further story at Christmas.

Your island thanks you, Dr Brink. Your fame is so well deserved.  So good to hear you aren’t going anywhere:

Tweet from Dr Nicola Brink: I have no interntion of taking up any offers.

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Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

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Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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