Eliza Riley

At university Eliza specialised in Physiology and Neuroscience but spent much of her time volunteering in emotional support services. Currently, she combines these two interests by studying part-time for a postgraduate degree in Genetic and Genomic Counselling. Between degrees, Eliza worked as a pastoral and an academic tutor, and as an NHS administrator.

As a Welfare Rights Officer, Eliza helps patients and their families in navigating support in housing, benefits, education and employment, and is able to liaise with schools, employers and community services as an advocate. Eliza also hopes to develop this new role by exploring other sources of welfare support for people affected by mitochondrial disorders.