Luton Life Podcast: International Women's Day

Ahead of International Women’s Day, for the latest episode of Luton Life The Mall focusses on three women making an outstanding contribution to local life.  

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Dr Joan Bailey MBE, Kelly Betts and Sinead McNamara have all dedicated their lives and careers to projects which enhance the lives of others. Whether they are affected by poverty, diversity, or discrimination, these three ladies are committed to changing outcomes for as many Lutonians as possible. Host Sophie Suhleria interviewed these women to find out more about how they got to their positions in their industries.

Dr Joan Bailey, MBE, is Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. Her parents came to the UK as part of the Windrush migration and having settled in Luton, inspired Joan to commit her career to public service. Joan tells podcast host, Sophie Sulehria, about how her experience working in children’s homes sparked a desire to work with disadvantaged youths and how her focus going forward is to empower women and show the next generation how equality is the responsibility of everyone.  

Kelly Betts has recently been appointed as Editor of BBC Introducing… the corporation’s platform for up-and-coming music artists after beginning her career at BBC Three Counties. Kelly’s journey from work experience to one of the top positions within the media organisation is one of tenacity and determination; a masterclass in how to take your passion and use it to drive not only your own dreams but those of others too. Kelly’s focus is to highlight diversity and gender equality, especially in supporting artists who identify as non-binary and LGBTQ+.  

Sophie’s third guest is Sinead McNamara, Interim Service Director, Inclusive Growth at Luton Council who has worked in Local Government for more than 20 years. Sinead talks about how her roles have allowed her the opportunity to work with both the public and private sector and manage several high-profile transformational programmes. Most recently, Sinead has been part of the team driving the £1.5bn investment programme in Luton and is now responsible for Luton's new 2040 vision driving partnerships – one of which is with The Mall. Sinead chats about how she was inspired by her own Mum’s career in public service and has made it her mission to eliminate poverty in the town. 

The Mall is excited to tell these stories and celebrate the passion, commitment and determination of these women and their efforts.

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