Some of us are fortunate to not have to look too far afield for inspiration. Many krow colleagues spoke of the family members, friends and colleagues who challenge and motivate them every day.
Daisy nominated her friend and broadcast journalist Insaf Abbas, who was recently awarded Rising Star of the Year at the BBC News Awards 2020. For Daisy, Insaf’s achievement is a reminder of what we can do when we challenge ourselves to follow our passion. “She’s always had a passion for journalism and challenged herself to seek out opportunities and develop her skills.”
Sammy chose her friend and former colleague Nadia Moeil, who juggled parenthood, full-time work, studying for a degree and volunteering for charity – before securing her dream job as a Learning and Development Manager.
For many of us, our mums are our heroes, overcoming countless challenges to be there for us no matter what. Caroline shared a heartfelt tribute to her mum, who was a powerful role model in her life. “I nominate my mother Carole Thompson, for being herself: strong, caring, holding the family together and leaving me with some lovely memories,” says Caroline.
Ange told us about her friend Michelle Playford, who took a unique approach to the challenges of lockdown: writing a blog about each day. She then opened her blog to family and friends, giving them the opportunity to talk about how their lives had changed. Michelle has since published the blog as a book, with all proceeds going towards NHS charities – showing us all that even in challenging times, we can do our bit to help one another.
Vic chose Ellie Mason, who used to work on the social media team at krow East. Although everyone was sad to see Ellie leave in January this year, they were excited and proud of her for following her dream of joining the fire service. Less than 7% of firefighters in the UK are women, but Ellie is challenging stereotypes, undeterred.
Dr Clare Bailey
Kate shared how her sister-in-law Dr Clare Bailey is an inspiration to her every day. After working as a GP and running the parenting coaching website Parenting Matters, Clare has written several best-selling recipe books, helping people to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes – all while being a mum to four. “She encouraged me to keep to a lower-sugar Mediterranean diet and helped my husband and I navigate the crazy toddler years – and the even crazier home schooling!” Kate says.
Lydia wanted to highlight the achievements of her mother-in-law Mojisola Green. After a long career as the owner of multiple successful catering businesses, Moji, who is Nigerian, chose to work for the police as a Positive Action Officer, helping to recruit ethnic minorities into the force.