Dr Val BillinghamDr Val Billingham has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology (1982) and a PhD in Egyptology (1987), both from the University of Birmingham. She has delivered several extramural courses on ancient Egypt for the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick and, more recently, has lectured on eastern Mediterranean voyages for Thomson cruises. Val entered the Department of Health fast stream as a civil servant in 1988 and spent twelve years there, working on a wide range of NHS and public health policies and strategies. She was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 1995 and spent a year in the USA researching successful ageing, with a particular emphasis on maintaining autonomy, and its implications for UK policy. Val joined the British Heart Foundation in 2005 and is currently Head of User Involvement, responsible for supporting the patient and carer voice within BHF itself and in influencing the NHS and Local Authorities. Val took a career break between jobs in 2000 to write Egyptological fiction. Her first novel, Die Reise des Sonnengottes, about the harem conspiracy against Ramesses III, was published by Bastei Verlag in 2002. She continues to write, publish and self-publish Egyptological and other fiction in her spare time, under the pen name Susan Llewellyn. Val’s alter ego Susan is a keen experimenter with social networking who hosts a Wordpress blog about hieroglyphs, a Facebook page and a LinkedIn group, Ancient Egypt, and has over 700 followers on Twitter.