PRESS RELEASE: Andrew Rowland receives 2014 Pol-Roger Award and prestigious new Churchill Medallion at London Award Ceremony

Professor Andrew Rowland, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Trustee of SicKids, was presented with a newly designed Churchill medallion at a prestigious biennial award ceremony in London this week (Wednesday 18 May 2016).


Professor Rowland was also announced as the recipient of the 2014 Pol-Roger Award, presented by Monsieur Pol-Roger, given for his outstanding Fellowship which has generated significant publicity and has raised the profile of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.


Andrew Rowland Pol Roger Award

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Photograph 1: Professor Rowland receives his Churchill Medallion and the 2014 Pol-Roger Award (Photo by Clive Totman).


Professor Rowland was presented with the stunning blue cloisonné enamelled silver Churchill medallion by its designer and Guest of Honour, Professor Brian Clarke, who is a world renowned architectural artist, and a 1974 Churchill Fellow himself. Professor Clarke presented 129 Fellows with their medallions at a ceremony in Church House, in Central London. Church House has significant Churchillian associations as during the Blitz, Winston Churchill requisitioned Church House as a makeshift Houses of Parliament after the originals had been damaged by bombing. It was also from Church House that he made his famous speech announcing the sinking of the Bismarck on 24 May 1941.


Churchill Medallion

Photograph 2: The 2016 Churchill Medallion – a stunning blue cloisonné enameled silver Medallion


Professor Rowland received the Pol-Roger Award with the following citation, from the Chief Executive of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust:


Andrew’s Fellowship took him to Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and the USA to investigate how Emergency Medicine staff in the UK could improve the safeguarding of vulnerable children. His resulting report, all 336 pages of it, has been read at the highest levels of government, and he is working regionally, nationally and internationally to ensure his very well-received recommendations are acted upon. He blogs, he tweets, he speaks at conferences, he has set up a charity and he is always thinking of ways to help us raise the profile of the Fellowships and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. 


He is also catching a flight to Cambodia tonight (another outcome of his Fellowship)…


Ladies and gentlemen, Andrew Rowland.


The Pol-Roger Award is given annually to a Fellow who has conducted an outstanding Fellowship, and has also generated significant publicity for their Fellowship, and for The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The winner of each year’s award receives a magnum of Sir Winston’s favourite champagne, generously supplied by the Pol-Roger family. Christian and Danielle Pol Roger have been good friends to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for many years and they were warmly welcomed to this year’s ceremony to present the Award in person.


Professor Rowland’s Churchill Fellowship report, Living on a Railway Line[1], led directly to the creation of a new registered Charity[2], SicKids, and was aimed at turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation as well as improving the protection of children and young people in the United Kingdom (UK) and beyond. SicKids believes every child should have every chance of good health, every chance of happiness and every chance of protection from harm and the charity is raising funds to be able to support projects working with children and young people in Cambodia and the North West of England.


Living on a Railway Line contains ten key recommendations for the UK designed to build strong and healthy communities with children at their hearts. Themes that emerge from the report include the need for a ChildSafe scheme to be piloted in the UK, better training to recognise and respond to cases of potential child sexual exploitation, the importance of prohibiting physical punishment of children, more robust advocacy on behalf of children and young people and mandatory reporting of child abuse.


Since the launch of the report Professor Rowland has further developed the initial proposals set out in the report, now believing that there should be mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect (including exploitation, trafficking, modern slavery, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse) by regulated professionals working with children and young people in the UK.


Since completing his Fellowship travels, Professor has lectured[3] nationally[4] and internationally to disseminate the findings of his report, including in Cambodia[5], Singapore, Salford[6] and at a special event at Blenheim Palace[7] to mark the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Professor Rowland has also attended a Reception at Buckingham Palace[8], hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, where he was able to discuss the recommendations in Living on a Railway Line with senior members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, and with members of the House of Lords and Sir Winston Churchill’s family.



Living on a Railway Line also resulted in the launch of a new three-year Global Partnership to help vulnerable children and young people living on and around the beaches and streets of Southern Cambodia. The main goals of the partnership[9] are to share clinical expertise as well as knowledge of child protection, and child health, issues between the partnership organisations so that all can develop and learn new skills from one another.


This week SicKids will be supporting a team of professionals who are travelling to Southern Cambodia to undertake outreach medical clinics with M’Lop Tapang a health, education and social care development organisation in Cambodia[10].


Further information will be available on the SicKids website ( and on Twitter (


You can support SicKids here:


You can follow Professor Rowland on Twitter via:



Professor Andrew Rowland said, “I was stunned and delighted to be awarded the 2014 Pol-Roger prize and truly honoured that Monsieur and Madame Pol-Roger had travelled across from France to present the Award in person.


“The Travelling Fellowships provide opportunities for UK citizens to go abroad on a worthwhile project of their own choosing, with the aim of enriching their lives through their global experiences – and to bring back the benefit to others in their UK profession or community through sharing the results of their new knowledge.


“Forward-thinking employers, such as my own, value the impact that a Churchill Fellowship can have on improving the communities in which we live and the society in which they are placed and will actively encourage colleagues to apply.


“It is communities that are best able to protect children from exploitation and other forms of abuse and we can all do more to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. We can all learn from global health initiatives and I believe that there are seven steps to improving the health and well-being of children and young people:


  • Improve education
  • Increase employment
  • Tackle poverty
  • Decrease neglect
  • Empower children and young people
  • Build ChildSafe communities with healthy and happy children at their hearts
  • Recognise your role as a community leader


“Children are the future of our global society and that society will only prosper in the future if the children of today are better protected. Every child should have every chance of good health, every chance of happiness and every chance of protection from harm.


“To achieve these goals requires a different way of thinking about children and young people to recognise and promote the significant impact they can, and should, have on our communities and the societies in which they are placed. This should begin with the launch of a ChildSafe scheme pilot here in the UK to evaluate the transformational change that could happen if citizens and communities, with children at their very hearts, act together to create safer places for those children to live and prosper.


“As Sir Winston Churchill, himself, said, ‘what is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?’


“That is the challenge that I set to you – what is it that you will do to better protect children and young people in the future?”


Professor Brian Clarke praised all the Fellows for their outstanding achievements, and said, “I know from personal experience that the Fellowship represents a wonderful opportunity. I am continually amazed and inspired by the Churchill Fellows’ dedication and commitment to making a difference in so many areas affecting today’s society.





The author of the Living on a Railway Line report is:

Professor Andrew Rowland


Professor Rowland is Honorary Professor at the University of Salford, Founder and Trustee of SicKids Charity, Board Member of M’Lop Tapang in Cambodia and a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in the North West of England.


His biography is here:



Living on a Railway Line

Living on a Railway Line ( was launched by the University of Salford at an event at MediaCityUK. The report finds there are still laws, policies and procedures in the UK and internationally which fall way short of properly protecting children.


Professor Rowland’s Fellowship journey took him to Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Cambodia. It was whilst undertaking a mobile health clinic beside a railway line in Sihanoukville, Cambodia that he was inspired to give his report the title Living on a Railway Line. He travelled 35 043 miles, spent 10 weeks away from home, and visited nine cities in five different countries – meeting an outstanding group of enthusiastic and dedicated child protection and child health specialists from around the world.




SicKids is a new registered charity (registration number 1164131 with the Charity Commission of England and Wales). Every child deserves the right to grow up safe from abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Every child should have every chance of good health, every chance of happiness and every chance of protection from harm.


SicKids will provide a mechanism through which funds can be raised and distributed to support children in the North West of England as well as Cambodia.


We’ll enable true partnership working between the professionals looking after children and young people in the North Manchester region and those professionals looking after a group of children in Cambodia, whose vulnerabilities, risks of exploitation and potential for abuse have striking similarities.


For further information, or to support the work of the charity, please see or e-mail



The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

In 2017 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing around £1.3million in British citizens by awarding 150 Travelling Fellowships.


This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole.


The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 5,250 Travelling Fellowships.


The application process for travel in 2017 is now open, and there are 14 varied categories – including two new ones – in which people can apply. Visit for more details, or to apply before 5pm on 20 September 2016, for travel from 1 April 2017.


Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of challenges facing us today, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society for the benefit of others in the UK.


A travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities, and enhance their personal development.


Employees who are awarded Fellowships bring great benefits to their employers, not only in terms of the positive impact on their personal development, but also with the advantage of their enhanced knowledge, new ideas and examples of best practise that they bring back to the organisation.


Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to all UK residents over the age of 18, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.


Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 weeks overseas.




Brian Clarke has been responsible for some of the most enduring and radical stained glass windows of the last thirty years, a field in which he is justly acknowledged as a world leader. Clarke, born in Oldham in 1953, also works in other media, including painting, drawing, mosaic, sculpture and tapestry, which harmonise when placed together into “Gesamtkunstwerke” (Total works of art). His stained glass, room installations, paintings, mosaic and tapestry can be found in architectural settings and public and private collections throughout the world.


Professor Brian Clarke is a Churchill Fellow of 1974, a Trustee and a member of the Advisory Council of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. In March 2015, he presented Her Majesty The Queen with the first edition of the new medallion, at a Patron’s reception at Buckingham Palace, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Trust.




Please contact The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust on 020 7799 1660 or


































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