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Essex Women in Business

PUBLISHED: 11:31 19 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013

Sue Harrison
assistant chief constable for essex police

Sue Harrison assistant chief constable for essex police

Women of Essex are ditching the Essex Girl stereotype, as the Essex Women's Advisory Group reveals through these examples of inspiring Essex women

Say the words, Essex Girl and the image that all too easily comes to mind simply does not represent the personalities and abilities of the vast majority of girls and women from Essex. Far more typical are the stories featured here, examples that any county would be justifiably proud of. The Essex Womens Advisory Group (EWAG) aims to promote, as Sir John Betjeman described it, The deepest Essex few explore; Where steepest thatch is sunk in flowers and in particular the women of the county. On Saturday, July 10, EWAG is organising A Day for the Girls of Essex at Hylands Park, Chelmsford which will feature competitions for the arts and stands for businesses owned or managed by women as well as the relevant charities being supported by EWAG. There will also be music and dancing performed by girls from the county plus a book and DVD launch on the theme of, Why I am Proud to be an Essex Girl. It promises to be a great celebration of all that is great about Essex, and its feminine side in particular.

For more details about the EWAG or to get involved, contact Daphne Field on 01245 263936 or via email at daphnefield@talktalk.net

Sally Davies


Where in Essex do you live and how long have you lived in Essex?
I live in Westcliff on Sea and have lived in Essex for 41 years.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The variety. No two days are the same, but the biggest buzz comes from seeing children and staff achieve.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I feel so proud of every achievement each child makes no matter how small the step. But it was great to be the first special school in Essex to gain specialist status in Business and Enterprise.

What ambitions do you have for the future?
To ensure Thriftwood School continues to be a centre of excellence, providing education to support children and young people with learning difficulties.

Who has inspired you the most?
In 2009 I was very fortunate to spend three months in Rwanda working for VSO with two amazing headteachers. They overcame difficulties which would daunt many of us and were totally committed to providing the best for their children.

Has being an Essex girl been an advantage or a disadvantage?
Essex has provided me with many opportunities both personally and professionally.

How do you relax?
A gin and tonic with lime and lots of ice.

What do you like most about Essex?
The variety seaside, countryside, shopping facilities, a wide range of cultural activities, a supportive business community and access to London.

How would you like to see Essex progress in the future?
To retain its identity, plan a sustainable future and preserve its environment.

Tell us about your family
My husband is an education consultant and our son is a paramedic in the Lake District. Our daughter has just spent two years in South Africa.

Do you have a claim to fame?
I was interviewed on BBC Essex and a kiss from Frank Bruno ensured I didnt wash for a week.



Elizabeth Hart


Where in Essex do you live and how long have you lived in Essex?
I have lived in Hockley for 42 years.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Meeting my constituents and being involved in the community.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Being elected by the council to be chairman of Essex County Council.

What ambitions do you have for the future?
To continue serving the people of Essex.

Who has inspired you most?
Margaret Thatcher.

How do you relax?
Reading a good book.

How would you like to see Essex progress in the future?
There are a lot of changes happening in local government. My vision is for Essex to remain within its original county boundaries.

Tell us about your family
My immediate family consists of one very dear daughter, a lovely son-in-law and a wonderful husband.

How easy do you find it to combine family life and work?
Sometimes it is difficult to fit in my duties as chairman and family life, but I have good support from them all. It is only for two years, so I can juggle time easily.



Rachel Butterfield


Tell us a bit about what you do?
I work as a university lecturer, a social media marketing executive and run the charity I founded, WateringRoots.

Where in Essex do you live and how long have you lived in Essex?
I have lived in Tiptree for 21 years.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Combining my passions for education and working with developing countries.

What did you originally set out to achieve?
Two-and-a-half years ago I set out to raise 6,000 to build two classrooms in Uganda. I ended up raising 25,000.

What ambitions do you have for the future?
To complete my PhD and lecture in the UK and Uganda, and build the charity.

Who has inspired you most?
Two Ugandan boys, Kayemba Fred and Mugera John, who gave up their own education to teach younger children.

How can Essex progress in the future?
By opening doors to those less fortunate.

Do you have a claim to fame?
I attended the Queens Garden Party in recognition of my fundraising and will receive the Queens Guide Award in 2010.

Tell us about your family
I live at home with my mum, dad, brother and sister.



Sue Harrison


Where in Essex do you live and how long have you lived in Essex?
I have lived in Essex all my life. I now live in Birch, south of Colchester.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy helping to deliver a good policing service to communities I know well.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I chased a burglar for a mile and a half and eventually caught him in a field.

What ambitions do you have?
My ultimate ambition is to become chief constable of Essex Police.

Has being an Essex girl been an advantage or disadvantage?
Definitely an advantage as I have had the privilege of progressing my career here.

How do you relax?
Spending time with my family.

How can Essex progress in the future?
Keeping communities thriving across Essex.

Tell us about your family
My husband is an artist who has recently opened a gallery and tea room in Birch. We have two sons both at junior school.

Whats your favourite luxury?
My radio. I love listening to different stations throughout the day.

What is your worst habit?
Ive been told I talk too much.

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