Ep.110 Liberte Free to Be

Finding your voice after tragedy and trauma. An 'ordinary' woman achieving extra ordinary things,

with Baroness Helen Newlove.









Baroness Helen Newlove has been on my guest wish list for several years so I was so delighted to finally have the opportunity to talk with her and I wasn't disappointed, we had so much to talk about.

Helen has so many strings to her bow including broadcaster, public speaker, Author of 'It Could Happen To You', Pro Vice Chancellor University of Bolton and not forgetting the current Deputy Speaker House of Lords

None of this was pre-planned or came about after following long term career goals. The sad truth is Helens success came from an initial place of real trauma that no one should have to experience.  Helen Newlove came to prominence after her husband, Garry Newlove was murdered by three youths in 2007. After Garrys death she set up a number of foundations that aimed to tackle the UK drinking culture as well as providing support to young people. 

All her hard work didn't go unnoticed which led to her to becoming the Victims Commissioner in 2012 and is now serving as the Deputy Speaker of House of Lords.
Helen was driven by her own experiences of dealing with such a traumatic life changing event to ensure others don't have to got through it and lessons could be learnt. 

"I am just an ordinary woman, propelled into high profile by a set of horrifying circumstances which I wish with all my heart had never occurred." 

Subjects covered-

  • Garrys tragic murder and life afterwards 
  • The justice system and what inspired Helen to campaign for change
  • Finding her own voice 
  • The power of sharing your story
  • The importance of community
  • Stepping out of her comfort zone and taking on new roles that she could never have imagined
  • Imposter syndrome 
  • Life in the House of Lords 
  • Finding that work/life balance and what Helens self care looks like
  • What's next? Connecting with others and become a coach.

If you'd like to learn more about Baroness Helen Newlove you can find her-
Instagram- @baronessnewlove 
Linkedin- Baroness Newlove
Listen to her Desert Island Discs episode-https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bbnlyz

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