Meet the team

Verity Wilkes

Senior Programme Officer – Fellowships

Verity grew up in the UK in rural Shropshire and then by the coast in Cornwall. Before her Bachelor’s, she spent time travelling around Australia and New Zealand before heading back to the UK to complete her BA in History and American Studies at the University of Nottingham, at which time she also spent a year studying in the USA.

She joined the Chevening Secretariat in 2015 and has previously worked as a Programme Officer – International with countries in South Asia, East Asia, ASEAN and Oceania. Prior to Chevening, Verity worked in student support, widening participation, and undergraduate and postgraduate student recruitment at the University of Southampton.

Verity is passionate about travelling and exploring new places, both in the UK and further afield, but she also enjoys taking in the arts and cultural opportunities in her adopted home of London.

Petra Jamnik

Programme Officer – Fellowships

Originally from Slovenia, Petra completed her studies in sociology, before her interest in existential psychotherapy led her to London, where she started her master's degree. Petra has lived in several countries including France and Spain as well as Canada where she spent a year as an exchange student. Having always been interested in working with students from different backgrounds, Petra has worked at Middlesex University as well as the charity, Missing People. Internationally, Petra worked in France with international students helping them to adapt to their new home there. 

Petra loves anything arts related which is why, during her internship in India, she found herself drawn to eastern philosophy and yoga - interests which remain with her. In her spare time, Petra is trying to learn to play the guitar.