Like most of us I've had past lives, one of which was being a young firefighter - in fact, I was hailed as the first female firefighter in the UK at the time.
I loved that world and being a firefighter, but my sense of adventure came into play and off I went on my travels around the world for the next few years.
I was eventually encouraged to write my story by a friend, and after four years of pitching had a contract to write Fire Woman - so in 2016 I was once again back in the UK with a short deadline to finish the work.
Fire Woman was published in 2017, and I realised that I had a voice and a story worth sharing as so few women around the world (even in 2023) are firefighters, and it's a fabulous job for us,but there are so few visible role models.
Sadly there are often extreme gender bias challenges for women, coloured, or anything other than white male firefighters. They are made to feel unwanted, and openly discrimated against, right now London Fire Brigade, among othes in in special measures following recent enquiries.
This has given me an ongoing opportunity to be interviewed live, and remotely for my take on things and ideas for how to improve fire brigades.
I've been touched and honoured to be asked to speak by local groups in the UK to internatonal media - and was even invited to Australia to speak to FRNSW.
I wonder if I can help you with being visible role model - using Zoom, or any way that you prefer, busting stereotypes at a group, school, business, community or anywhere else I can share my story, making it fun way for people of all ages and backgrounds to re-think the way they think about their jobs and career paths.
Empowering folks is my happy place.
Re Siem Reap-
I know there are so many other really important challenges for the Cambodian community, and I appreciate this may not be as important as many, many necessary projects -but I thought I would put it out there.
Re The rest of the world the tech works brilliantly, with lots of live interviews taking place, so remote speaking is such an easy thing now. So if you are OK with using me as a Zoom speaker / remote somehow- then great.
Let me know if you want to meet to chat - there's certainly no obligation (if you have any budget that's helpful) but I am equally happy to speak for no fee.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Look forward to hearing from you!
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Gutsy Girls, may we see them, may we be them!