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Burgette is an artist, social entrepreneur, academic and poet born in South Africa, based in West Yorkshire. Burgette studied Fine Art: Painting and Drawing at The University of Huddersfield (2006-2009). With an interest in philosophy, theology, the spiritual, the subconscious and psychoanalysis of art. Burgette became interested in working in the field of education and later went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2013-2015) and taught persons who were detained in secure settings.

In 2021 Burgette qualified with an academic masters degree (LLM) in Mental Health Law. In her exam and dissertation Burgette averaged a Distinction.

Burgette is a proud member of British Mensa and secretary/lead member of the (International) Mental Health Special Interest Group. Burgette is also a proud trustee of the Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust, working to support access to education for girls in Kenya.

Burgette's artwork is inspired by artists such as Joan Miro and Wassily Kandinsky. Burgette is also an avid collector of art and rare books, with manuscripts and books of importance and pieces of art by world renowned artists, to local talent. Some of Burgette's own original paintings and prints are part of private individual collections and can be purchased through The Arthouse Gallery, Wakefield. Burgette's poetry is inspired by the works of Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, to name but a few.

Policy work, Papers and Other Published or unpublished works;

Mental Health Bill call for evidence/submissions (2022). TBC. Involvement: volunteer.

Zero Suicide Alliance and UCLAN Essay competition- "Have the rates of self-harm and suicide increased during the covid-19 lockdowns and pandemic, in the UK and globally, and how might we explain these findings?"

Involvement: Contestant who came in the top 3 (2021).

Critical Review, Evaluation and Recommendations- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (2021) South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Involvement: Volunteer.

Safeguarding Adults Policy - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

LLM (academic masters) in Mental Health Law (2021)- Distinction in MH law.
TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Self-harm and Suicide Prevention
CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Problems
Postgraduate Diploma in Education PGDipE (Advanced) Pre Service in LLS. (2015).
BA(Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Drawing. (2009).
Proud member of Mensa since 2009 (tested 2003) and Secretary of Mental Health SIG.
Proud Trustee of the Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust.