Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do at easyJet
I am an experienced captain with over 23 years in the airline industry, having joined easyJet at Gatwick just over six years ago. During my career I have had the opportunity to fly a variety of different aircraft types, operating in many different environments across the whole of Europe. I live near Gatwick with my husband Ben and a menagerie of various animals.
Where’s your favourite destination to fly to and why?
That’s a hard one. I’ve flown to many destinations that on a clear day are a delight to fly into. On the easyJet network, probably Nice, Geneva and Jersey are among my favourites as they have fantastic views.
This month is Pride Month in the UK. What does that mean to you?
Pride Month is an important reminder of how much the LGBTQI+ community have achieved in terms of acceptance and equality, as well as raising awareness of issues that people in this community still face in wider society on a regular basis – such as discrimination, abuse and bullying. It is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, but it is also a time to remember that there are still many countries in the world where there is huge inconsistency and inequality in the treatment of LGBTQI+ people.
How will you be celebrating Pride?
This year I’m hoping to be joining in the celebrations at London Pride, marching in the parade with the European Pride in Aviation Network – a group that represents and supports LGBTQI+ aviation professionals across Europe.
easyJet strives to create an inclusive environment for everyone. What does this look and feel like for you?
easyJet is a place where I feel I can be myself. My colleagues are an inclusive team who have always made me feel welcome. As a captain, it’s my job to set the tone for the day with the rest of the crew. For me, that is to create a friendly atmosphere of openness and approachability where everyone can be themselves and play their part in the safe operation of our flights.
What does good allyship look like to you?
To me, an ally is someone who supports the common interest of treating people honestly, fairly and without discrimination or prejudice, enabling them to feel included and achieve their full potential.
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