Radio show hears inspiring stories from inspiring women

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To mark International Women’s Day 2022 (Tuesday March 8), regular Open 4 Business presenter Adrian Pryce on NLive Radio left the ‘hot seat’ for an evening to make way for special guest host Dean from the Karen Jones School of Business and Law.

Karen chose the kick tune – fellow countrywoman Dame Shirley Bassey singing I Am What I Am – and her guests also chose their own, encapsulating how they feel as individual women in leadership roles.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 this year, the theme is Break the Bias and Karen was joined by four women who hold various roles across the city and county who spoke about their unique professional or academic journeys. They discussed the challenges they have faced, what inspires them and how, despite the huge progress made towards gender equality, there is still a long way to go.

Colleen Rattigan, Northamptonshire Police Chief of Staff spoke about her strategic role which is at the executive level in the police force and her journey to this senior role from a varied background, including public health and as an early childhood practitioner. She adds that Northamptonshire Police have done and continue to do a lot to address gender-related workplace challenges.

After Colleen was Rufia Ashraf, Northampton’s first ever female Mayor in Northampton a role historically generally held by men. She spoke of her work with communities and individuals as Northampton’s ‘first citizen’ and how meeting people inspires her. She added that being a woman brings new and different qualities that help elevate the role.

Morcea Walker – who is from Jamaica and came to the UK aged nine – explained how she dealt with racism when she arrived and the marginal roles black women had at that time. Morcea takes listeners on his very personal journey through an interesting career, his passion for community and family work.

The last guest was the University’s own Becky Bradshaw, Executive Director of Estates and Campus Services. She spoke about her role in integrating the University into the community, how her work is not just about bricks and mortar, and how the professional world is more accommodating and respectful of professional women.

Listen to the full chat again here.

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