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I was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK in 1984. I’m married with four girls and a grandmother of three. I have a diploma HE in Informal and Community Education and a degree in Social Studies. I’ve worked in a number of organisations over the years across volunteer, private and public sectors. I now have over 30 years’ experience in community development and youth work.
I truly believe that all people should be treated fairly and I channel this passion towards young people and community development. I now lead a team within the Constabulary in my role as the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Manager as well as support all of our staff associations.
My focus has always been around people. I’ve spent time studying social sciences and working in market research roles. Since I moved to the UK in 2007 I’ve spent much of my time in the hospitality industry working in various operational and managerial roles. During that time I’ve had the honour of working and meeting some amazing people from many different backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. This has led me to develop an interest in training, leadership, development and recruitment.
I’m very passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion, as well as empowering women in workplace and female leadership. I’m convinced that my experience, skills and knowledge will allow me to support the Constabulary in its commitment to its People First Approach –putting people at the heart of the way in which we lead and develop our people to deliver outstanding service to the public of Gloucestershire.
I have always had an interest in matters relating to social justice and the legal system, which inspired me to study law at university.
Throughout my time at university, I worked as part of a committee aimed at closing the attainment gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and their white counterparts. This initiative helped secure internships and further work experience opportunities for ethnically diverse students who are underrepresented in fields such as policing.
As a Positive Action Officer, I strive to build on this work and I am strongly motivated about implementing practical change, equality and effective levels of trust and cooperation between the police and local communities.