Elaina Davis

A black and white headshot of Elaina's grandmother wearing graduation robes

Elaina's gran celebrated passing her double honours in English and Philosophy in 1953 by driving a car across the university’s quad, prompting the erected bollards at the University of Nottingham! Initially favouring a more traditional family unit, Elaina's gran came to admire a modernised family structure and would likely feel pride at the progress made toward gender parity today.

Steph Manning

Our Royal Artillery Officer Steph has had an inspiring career, and it's fair to say she's lived and worked in some pretty incredible places! Rather brilliantly, her grandmother was also one of the first women to be ordained as a Priest in the Church of England! Read more about Steph and her pioneering grandmother here..

Vivienne Raven

Portrait of Vivienne Raven

Job: Operational Research Analyst Organisation: HM Revenue and Customs Years in Public Service: 28 My mother was a secretary in local government, working in the healthcare and education sector. Her working part-time enabled my sister and I to make the …

Elizabeth Gardiner

Elizabeth Gardiner, First Parliamentary Counsel, and Permanent Secretary of the Government in Parliament Group, Cabinet Office. A bit over two years ago I took up the post of First Parliamentary Counsel. I am the first woman to hold the post …

Ellie Binks

 Ellie with her parents in March this year. Talent Partner, Civil Service Talent, Civil Service HR, Cabinet Office Years in Public Service: 3.5 My grandmother/mother was a… My Grandma (my dad’s side), Patricia Binks, was born in Leicester in 1929. Aged …

Jade Bambi

Job: Strategy Advisor Organisation: Department of International Trade Years in Public Service: 10 months  My grandmother and mother was a…  My grandmother was a housewife, as was expected of women during her time, especially as my grandfather was the equivalent of …

Tola Ayoola

META Programme Lead, Civil Service Talent  32 years in public service My mother… My mother was born and raised in Nigeria and finished her secondary school education at the age of 16. Going against her father wishes of wanting her …