"I've learned so much in the last 12 months, both professionally and personally. What stands out between both of those worlds is a sense of community. I’m such an extroverted person and having to stay at home without daily face-to-face interactions with friends and colleagues has really shaken me.
What I've learned is that we all tend to have our tribe, whether that’s our friends or family. I'm an ex-pat living away from home, so having that time to connect with people is so important.
I joined FutureGov during the pandemic, after my first week here I said to my husband that I’d found my tribe. People here are incredible and we think the same way, we want to try and make the world a better place. I’m thrilled I’ve found my community.
At work, you've got to be your authentic self. It’s important to find that blend, where you can compartmentalise and say ‘this is my professional self’ and ‘this is my personal self’, but not have a facade. I’m genuinely always smiling and am exactly the same outside of that professional context.
This is also true of the woman that inspires me most, my mother. She has a childlike wonder in life and finds joy in all situations. She was born in the Philippines and restarted her life again in Hong Kong, where I was born.
Her courage to pursue a life beyond what was given to her in the early days is a true inspiration. She's at the core of why I choose to strive for the best, I want to make her proud."