Dr Joyce François is a soil scientist by training, having taken her first degree at the University of Ghana (Legon) and her doctorate at the University of Oxford. She has undertaken research for scientific publications and written policy reports on Africa. After working in administration at the North Oxford Overseas Centre and for Oxford Computer Journals, she has worked primarily in the voluntary sector, among other things as a long term volunteer helper at Cutteslowe Homework Club, a visitor to asylum seekers at the Campsfield Detention Centre near Oxford and a trustee for the charity, WatCh (What About The Children?) She is a long term member of St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road, where she has served on the PCC for two terms, is an occasional Sunday school helper and home group leader. Dr François works as an administrator at SCIO, Wycliffe Hall’s visiting student programme.