I’m Natalie and I’ve lived in the UK all my life up until arriving in Dubai last summer. I spent the last 14 years in South East London prior relocating to the UAE and I’m a single mum to a wonderful 3-year-old daughter who keeps me on my toes andforces me to be a better person every day. My personal passion is corporate responsibility, sustainability & D&I and I continue to hold a non-executive director role in the UK. I love to run (determined to do another marathon in the next 12 months), travel (which is good, seeing as my dad has retired in the Caribbean) and experience new cultures (essential for Dubai).
WHERE IS HOME?
South East London. I’ve lived in the UK all my life, as a family we originate from the Caribbean, which is where my father now lives enjoying his retirement. So, through the generations we are truly an international family.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I was very much brought up to be a strong independent woman. As far back as I remember (to primary school) I wanted to be a journalist, focusing on women’s issues. Funny how life takes you back to that under slightly different guises…
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Apart from being a mum, my work has lead me down so many different paths, what motivates me most is environment and social governance. I believe the corporate world has a very significant and important role to play in making the world a better place for future generations, both socially and environmentally. I help corporations to achieve that profitably… otherwise I can’t effect change.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
Exploring what Dubai has to offer at the weekends. Probably going to the Green Planet, we just love trying out new things to be honest.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
We love getting out and making the most of the Dubai weather, whether that be relaxing on the beach, (or just ‘laxing’ as my daughter says) testing out a new playground or meeting up with some fab friends that we have here.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
Gosh… Couldn’t tell you the last time I watched a movie, probably the last flight I took. So Lethal Weapon 4 (that’s showing my age)!
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Sushi (followed by a bit of Caribbean to remind me of home).
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
Will Smith & Matthew McConaughey.
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
Zanzibar and the Maldives.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Eating cake and ice cream with a glass of vino.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
The accessibility of everything. It’s usually 30 mins to get to most places, which is amazing because I don’t like driving for more than 1 hour.