Moyra is a leadership coach and facilitator and has been working with Global Warriors for over 4 years. Her satisfaction comes from supporting people in connecting to the best in themselves – in all areas of their lives, thereby becoming even more effective in their leadership. She is a very happy mother to her two children and grandmother to her two granddaughters – and is very excited about the prospect of her future grandson being born! Moyra splits her time between London and the South Coast of the UK, where she joins her partner in developing properties – this time helping buildings achieve their full potential! Her other passions include gardening, art and weight lifting.
When were you at your happiest?
I have 2 memories which spring immediately to mind.
When I first fell in love with my partner Ed, we were inseparable. The first time we were separated – I was attending a conference for work – we missed each other terribly. On the journey back home, Ed met me on the bridge in York station – it was one of the most romantic moments of my life – my heart was beating so loudly and I knew he felt the same. We were so thrilled to see each other. We are still crazy about each other 24 years later!
The second memory was when I helped deliver my 2nd granddaughter – Che. It was a home birth and the midwife asked if I would like to help. I supported my daughter Lauren throughout the birth and caught Che as she emerged into the world – even cutting the cord. It was such an unforgettable and special experience.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that humanity will not catch on fully to how important it is to look after each other and look after where we live. The messages are all there, and as individuals, people are kind and generous, yet there is so much hatred, violence and violation of the planet. It is a time for kindness and caring to win and for us to act on our collective responsibility.
What is your earliest memory?
I was probably about two and a half and my uncle came to our house. He opened his gigantic workman hands and inside there was a little baby rabbit that he had brought for us.
Who do you most admire and why?
The type of people I admire are ordinary heroes. I really admire Baroness Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen Lawrence was killed in a racist attack in 1993. Through sheer determination she, with her husband, sought justice for her son during the criminal investigation whilst trying to create a positive legacy. Her campaigning has resulted in a shift in public attitudes, and policing methods overhauled, and the exposure of police racism and corruption. She also established a charitable trust offering financial support for students of Architecture from disadvantaged backgrounds.
I am full of admiration for her, for the positive legacy she has created out of that awful tragedy. She made a brave choice to make change for the better, despite the on-going challenges she faced. She is a very wise woman, who is now a member of the House of Lords.
What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?
I am a not a completer finisher. I love to start things…. (!)
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Several years ago, I had dinner at a then colleagues house where we had a lot to drink. I worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau at the time and gave her lots of advice after her expressing how unhappy she was about her job. The next morning she quit her job and I had no recollection of what I had advised her!
Which book changed your life?
There have been so many books! But one of them is Toni Morrison’s- Beloved. I always thought I had a lot of empathy but after reading it, it gave me such a different perspective about the experiences people go through. Even now just thinking about it makes me very emotional.
Another I have really appreciated is The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett which explores how the more equal the society, the healthier the society is in many aspects. This is something I always believed in and this book laid out all the research to support my belief.
What do you owe your parents?
Absolutely everything: The amazing experience of being LOVED fiercely and unconditionally. They gave me the passion for life-long learning and I grew up being surrounded by books – unheard of on the council estate I lived on, in South East London. Despite my leaving school with no useful qualifications my Mum and Dad encouraged me to attend University as a mature student- the same University they were attending!
My mum and Dad started their degrees in their 40s and 50s and went on to study MA’s.
They were socialists and really cared about other people and fought hard for fairness and equality.
What does great leadership look like?
For me a great leader is somebody who is comfortable in their own skin. They have thought about the values they are taking into their workplace or arena they are in, they have integrity in terms of what they do, and bring people with them with an essence of equality. Most importantly they have a sense that leadership doesn’t reside just in them, but can be sourced from all around them.
The mark of a good leader is one that creates leaders rather than followers.
What was your worst job ever?
When I was a teenager I had a summer job in the kitchen of an electronics factory. For the mid-morning snack the workmen would have lard and dripping on bread and I was the person who had to prepare it, every day, for weeks. It was horrible and I struggled hard not to vomit.
What is your best (clean) joke?
I share this with my grandchildren.
A road and a path go to a pub for a drink.
The barman serves the road but then turns to the path and says ‘I’m not going to serve you – you are barred
‘Why am I barred? ‘ asks the path
The barman replies ‘Because you are a psychopath! (cycle path)
What would you most like to change about modern day life?
I would like us to be more conscious of how we lead, how we treat other people at work, at home or in the most ordinary situations. We have many more choices about how we impact the planet for instance, I would like to see industry more conscious about those choices, putting more resources behind some of the amazing environmental projects that exist. The Ocean Clean Up is an example of an initiative started by a school boy, that has grown in influence and benefitted from crowd sourcing. Corporates could make choices about what plastics, or alternate materials they use and produce, how foods and goods are packaged etc. There are many great initiatives out there that could be given even more support, creating a beneficial impact on the planet and future generations.
If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?
The human race is at essence about love, kindness and care for each other. However, when that gets corrupted, it can become the exact opposite, so be prepared to meet the best and the worst. Love and kindness will always get the best out of the human race.
What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?
That corporate leaders can become the most influential change makers for the health and happiness of people, creatures and the planet. They have that ability.
That everyone understands that they can be a leader, like Doreen Lawrence and my parents – in whatever aspect of life they choose to operate in.
What is your dream for humanity?
My dream is that people would realise that sometimes power lies in the wrong hands, and that we all have the power to change things for the better. Even those that are making really unhealthy decisions for the globe can be influenced to make unselfish change for the better.
It is important to care about ourselves AND we also need to care for others – the I AND the We.