English international rugby union referee and the world’s most capped female Test referee.
The ‘Answers to Thriving' is an interview series that takes a look at the women who have created a life of self-success. We uncover key moments, lessons and habits that have influenced the life they lead today.
You can’t start the day without:
At least two cups of decent black tea.
One wellness ritual you do regularly:
I know it's two, but: 1. Get a good night's sleep and 2. Get out in the fresh air/countryside.
A recommended read for personal growth:
I must admit I don't read a lot of personal growth books, I'm more of a "holiday" novel reader. I know I should read more, but one book I did enjoy and which really struck a cord with me is the Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters on Mind Management. Many sports people have read it and credit it with helping them on their sporting journeys.
As a referee and someone who works within coaching and education of match officials, I am fascinated by how we make the decisions (or non-decisions) that we do. Professionals/books, etc, who provide insightful and meaningful discussion/debate around decision-making and the human behavior associated with it, I find very intriguing and interesting.
How do you go about self development?
I'm a believer in keeping things simple, having achievable goals and grabbing opportunities that take you outside your comfort zone. Surround yourself with good people and do not fear making mistakes - that's how we learn and grow. The top referees make lots of mistakes on their way up, but they reach the top because they learn from them and have a growth mindset where they take ownership of their own development and make themselves accountable. No-one learned anything by playing it safe all the time, but with good people by your side whom you trust, the right attitude and mindset, you can't help but grow.
No-one learned anything by playing it safe all the time, but with good people by your side whom you trust, the right attitude and mindset, you can't help but grow.
Which business or person inspires you right now and why?
Now this is tough - I draw inspiration from many different people depending on the situation and circumstance. I really can't put my finger on just one person, but people who have vision, drive and ambition, and remain true to themselves inspire me a lot.
Ed Morrison (former Rugby World Cup final referee) is some-one I have always admired. I am fortunate to count him and another former Test referee, Tony Spreadbury, as friends who I will often ask advice from.
I work in a very male-dominated environment, and the people I admire and respect the most are those who achieve their goals and ambitions with dignity and integrity (Ed and Tony are prime example) - there is an awful lot of politics in sport (and life in general), so those who persist with the politics card, bully or who walk over others for their own personal gain I have very little time for.