2019 Shortlist

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

  • 2 weeks ago
  • written by NDA



Homeless and selling the Big Issue at 15, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has spent the last 18 years dealing with everything from fires to car crashes and terrorist attacks. Joining the fire service at 18, Sabrina has gone on to become one of the most senior women firefighters in the UK and is now the Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex. She has campaigned tirelessly to challenge the stereotype of firefighters and for more people to consider how their skills and qualities would contribute to the role. The impact on other women within the service has also been encouraging, and Sabrina now has a large network of women firefighters that she coaches and mentors. Sabrina has been recognised by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI – the largest UK government research council) as a role model for women in STEM and her research has revolutionised the way firefighters deal with emergencies.

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