She says: “New Zealand is a beautiful place, I had lots of opportunities and made lots of contacts. My time in Singapore was a completely different experience, working across South and South East Asia being involved with helping New Zealand businesses break into new markets, but I was ultimately homesick for one of my two homes - so I needed to make a decision: back to Cumbria or New Zealand.
“I decided to come back to Cumbria as I wanted to do more European travel and I wanted to be out of the cities. “From Cumbria I’m only a quick hop, skip and a jump to lots of different European countries.”
Once home, the opportunity arose to work at Inspira, where she has now been for six years. Her role at Inspira involves working with the team to help people of all ages, develop work ready skills and to reach their potential – whether that is progressing in their current position, into employment or experiencing life changing programmes like National Citizen Service.
She says: “There’s two things I’m trying to achieve for Inspira. The first is to raise awareness and understanding across Cumbria and Lancashire of who we are and what we do. The second is to encourage people, those who would benefit from our programmes and employers who have live vacancies or wish to get involved in inspirational work with young people, to reach out to us so that our teams can help them achieve their goal.
“I think it would be great to see Cumbrian businesses engage in workplace programmes which give young people the chance to experience their sector in national and international settings. I’m a great believer in letting young people experience life outside of Cumbria because that enriches them.
“In many cases, due to family links or ties or a desire to move home again, people do move back to the county. These people often have a different viewpoint and skillset – and could really help Cumbria develop in the international field, post-Brexit.”