Thomas Nilsen – Executive Masters of management. Additionally, teaching, pedagogics, and guidance counselling education. Officers education from the Norwegian Cavalry. A Vocational school manager who has been working with vocational education and training since 2000, and primary/secondary education since 1990. Specialising in education for Neurodivergent students, disadvantaged/special needs students and migrants/refugees. Thomas has 22 years of experience working with European projects in Comenius, LLP, Erasmus+, Nordplus, Interreg, Cost, and Capacity building, and was the Vice president of cost action IS1210- Appearance matters.  He has 30 years of experience as voluntary within the YOUTH and sports sector. Our ECVET, evaluation and assessment expert. Thomas is the co-founder and chairman of Triskelion.

Amy Charles – LLB. Chief Operational and legal advisor for Triskelion. Many years of experience as a contract specialist and head of the legal contracts team at the University of Bristol and Bath.

Zali Yager is an Associate Professor in Health and Physical Education at Victoria University in Australia, and works part time for Triskelion. Zali is the co-director of Body Confident Mums, a research collaboration that has engaged in research and developed resources that assist mums in making the physical and emotional adjustments that come with new motherhood, and role modelling positive body image for their children. As an educator, with a background in health education and health promotion, Zali is uniquely positioned to develop resources and training programs for women and for professionals and to deliver them in an effective way. Zali also has expertise in the quantitative evaluation of intervention programs and professional development training in the area of body image. Zali completed her PhD in November 2007 and has 32 publications in total, including co-authorship of her book “Adolescence and Body Image: From Development to preventing dissatisfaction” in 2015. Zali has been on research teams in receipt of >$1.M AUD in funding (World Anti-Doping Association Social Science Research Grant, EU Funding, 1 ARC Linkage, local, state, and national competitive government grants and tenders). Her Google Scholar h-index is 16 and she has over 1019 citations of her work.

Steve Smith, SFHEA, MPhil, MSc, BSc, RN managed a sales team for ten years before qualifying as a nurse. Within that profession, he specialised in the management of care facilities for people with neurological disorders and also undertook the role of Clinical Nurse Educator in this field over another decade before teaching health professionals at The University of East Anglia (UEA) School of Health Sciences for the past 22 years, first as a lecturer then Associate Professor, member of the School Executive and Director of Employability.  

As well as teaching pre-registration nurses and students of all professions allied to medicine, Steve collaborated with colleagues to develop and run many courses for senior health professions focused on leadership and management.  

Steve authored two books on his nursing field and, over three decades, has frequently presented at International conferences and symposia, often invited to speak to staff teams at international centres of excellence for neurological care.  Steve has done extensive international presentations on Neurological Care / Huntington’s Disease and Co-led a collaborative project (UEA, UK and Ekwendeni Nursing School, Malawi) in 2012, developing a Nurse Mentorship programme.

On retiring from UEA, Steve was awarded the Chief Nursing Officer for England Gold Award for outstanding services to Nursing.   Steve continues as a Registered Nurse working on National and International projects relating to his field of expertise.

Steve is now retired and works part-time for Triskelion.

Nichola Rumsey OBE (order of the British Empire) – Professor Emerita Nichola Rumsey was, for many years professor of Appearance Research at the University of the West of England. She was Co-Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) from 1992-2017. After completing her PhD, ‘Psychological Problems Associated with Facial Disfigurement’ in 1983, Nichola has built an international reputation for her research in this field. She was awarded a lifetime honorary membership of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in 2009, and also worked as the British Psychological Society’s consultant to the Department of Health from 2004 to 2010, and is an Honorary Life Member of the South African Burns Society. She has published widely and has led or been involved in many research projects in the field of cleft, burns, skin diseases and other conditions resulting in visible differences. Nichola is keen to improve the current understanding of the psychological factors contributing to resilience to the challenges posed by cleft and its treatment, with a view to improving the effectiveness of interventions to support those experiencing difficulties in adjustment. Nichola is now retired and works part-time for Triskelion. Many years of experience from Erasmus + projects.

Elena Nilsen – Masters degree, International experience within Project Management and Quality Assurance (12 years), Operations and SHEQ in various industries including Oil & Gas (9 years) and over 5 years in Human Resources. Certified Lead Auditor (Det Norske Veritas) and Advanced Root Cause Analysis Expert well versed and experienced in Risk Management, Quality Assurance, External and Internal Auditing, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, QHSAS 18001. Experience working with Operations, SHEQ, Risk Management, Supply Chain and HR procedures and processes at the corporate level.

Frida Feline – Bachelors of Arts (Hons).

Specialist in local adjustments for Autistic students. Also, Triskelion Youth worker. Primary interest fields are Autism field, socially disadvantaged groups, music teaching, and body image-related topics. Administrative role in Triskelion and board member. Her homepage can be found at:

Elodie Irons – BA (Hons), Master’s Degree in international relations at the University of Liverpool. Youth worker and researcher for Triskelion.

Gareth Davies– BA (Hons). Executive Director and founder member of the European Cleft Organisation. Gareth Davies has worked as a leader and innovator in the voluntary sector nationally and internationally for most of his career, working in the fields of human rights (Amnesty International), homelessness, and disadvantaged children. His current interest in developing better practices for treating children born with clefts began in 1995 when he became the first CEO of the UK Cleft Lip and Palate Association. He was a key member of the UK government advisory committee on cleft care, which recommended and subsequently oversaw the development of UK centres of excellence in cleft care, working from a full multidisciplinary perspective. Gareth works part-time for Triskelion. Gareth has extensive experience with Erasmus+, Cost Action and Capacity building projects.

Sofia Simm – Graduate of psychology at Open University UK. Triskelion Youth worker. Primary interest field youth exchanges, socially disadvantaged groups, appearance, and body image-related topics.





Dr Martin Persson

Martin is co-founder of Triskelion and is a professor of Health science in Sweden.

Master’s degree (2002) in psychology; PhD (2007) in medical science; Master’s degree (2007) in public health; Associate Professor (2018) in Health Sciences; Professor (2019) in Health Sciences; Board member of the European Cleft Organization (2013); Smile Train Research and Innovation Advisory Council (STRIAC) medlem  (2020); Chairman of cost-action  CA16234 European Cleft and Craniofacial Initiative for Equality in Care. 20 years of experience in European development projects.