Zoë Playdon

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Zoë Playdon is the Emeritus Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of London. Educated at the universities of Newcastle on Tyne, Leicester, Warwick, and at Henley Management College, she holds five degrees, including two doctorates. Trained as a historian and an archaeologist, Zoë chose her third subject – English literature – as the starting point for her career as a classroom teacher at an inner-city comprehensive school. Subsequently, she became a senior civil servant at the Department of Education and Science, before moving to the University of Warwick as Chief Executive of its business consortium and head of Continuing Vocational Education. In 1993, Zoë transferred to the University of London, as Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education and Head of Education at NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Regional Postgraduate Medical Deanery. She is a former co-Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists [GLADD] and, with Dr Lynne Jones MP, co-founded the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity in 1994, which continues to meet. Zoë has thirty years’ experience of front-line work in LGBTI human rights, including legal cases, where she has worked with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Dame Laura Cox, Ben Emmerson QC, Stephanie Harrison QC, and Lord David Pannick QC.

Zoë has written extensively in academic and legal circles. THE HIDDEN CASE OF EWAN FORBES will be her debut mass-market book.