There is a story behind every woman, which is rich and untold. I guess my story has sort of evolved. I have dedicated my life from as young as I can remember to helping others and making a difference. I am at my happiest creating change however small and it is important to me that others always see the best in themselves. I am an energetic mum with a chaotic household which I love to be full to bursting. I’m a passionate cook and there is always far too many home baked goods in our home which luckily doesn’t ever last long as I have three children, five dogs and my mother living here. My worst fear is having spare time – sitting still absolutely kills me.
WHERE IS HOME?
Pembrokeshire, in West Wales is home and we still have our beautiful family home there right in the heart of the National Park, looking out over the stunning St Brides bay. Like all Welsh women you can take the woman out of Wales but you can never take the Welsh out of the woman.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I have never really worked out what I wanted to be. I have a natural flair for getting the best out of children who don’t believe in themselves and I always knew that this would be a major part of my life. Although secretly I have always dreamt of running an orphanage, my own, very sick, child has not made this possible. Working in tourism, education and marketing fields across the world, I guess I have been really lucky to just follow my dreams and take every opportunity as it happened. Being a strong advocate for the voiceless has always been the route I have naturally followed.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I run a niche educational company called Kidsfull Education. It is the most fulfilling job in the world being able to give children (and parents) the confidence to believe in themselves, which is my passion! As everything paused at the beginning of this year, I set up a new online project – a “kindness exchange” called Stop and Help. I have always lived by the belief that everybody wants to be kind, but the difficulty is finding someone who needs help when you’re in a position with time and money to be kind. Stop and Help is a dating service for acts of kindness. Throughout the recent pandemic this initiative has grown in a crazy way with over 11,000 people currently on the registry all needing some kindness in their lives right now. Through matching the need for kindness with a want to help this has equated to over 100,000 meals in the last 8 weeks for families who have no money here in Dubai.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
There are so many that is a really difficult question. Horse riding with my daughter, rugby with my boys and travelling to explore new cultures with all of them. There is no one favourite activity, as we are always on new adventures.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
I never really seem to have weekends – there is always someone who needs help, either to gain confidence for a test, or an assignment they can’t finish and now, working with Stop and Help has literally taken up every minute of my life. Friday mornings are always a huge slow family breakfast – my husband cooks way too much food and the table is overloaded as we discuss the week, and just hang out together over lots of coffee and relaxed music.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
I absolutely love Shirley Valentine.
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I love scallops cooked on the BBQ, served with fresh sourdough bread (too much butter), cherry tomatoes and rocket… but my sinful food would definitely be raspberry pavlova.
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
I am a bit of a Bruce Willis fan on the quiet (but would of course never admit it publicly!)
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
I have so many places I want to go, but I guess my top destination would be Borneo.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
A bar of chocolate that I don’t have to share with anybody!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To give everyone the ability to believe in their own value in making a global difference. Not everyone understands their individual power and I wish I could wave a magic wand to make that clear to all.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
I come from Wales so obviously the sun. But I love so much about being here, including the opportunity, the location, the massive growth and the multicultural influences everywhere.