Barbara has spent the last 20 years of her life living in rural areas of Sussex. Born in London, she moved to the countryside to escape the rat race and have a quieter life, but she was not always given the welcome she had hoped for. She encountered racism and discriminatory behaviour from certain sectors of the community based on their misguided perceptions of her. Throughout she never gave up – always learning from the experience, believing in better and the desire to bring about change.
That change started in 2004 with an initiative resulting from Recommendation 50 and an invitation by the Sussex Police Diversity Training Team to be one of the regular Guest Speakers participating in Diversity Training Courses for a number years. This presented Barbara with the opportunity to turn her adversities into something positive. Barbara proved to be an invaluable resource for their training programs until the end of 2007.
Recognising the on-going demand for Diversity Training resources, Barbara set up her own company, Breaking Down Barriers CIC in 2007. Now with a dedicated team of 17 and growing, her specialist advisers and international contributors assist Public services, Local authorities, Charities and Private companies with their Diversity and inclusion programs. In 2015 she developed an adolescent mentoring initiative within East Sussex schools and colleges.