Meet the Leaders – Shirley Billson

We love being Leaders at Connexions and thought you might be curious to know a little bit more about us.

In the second of our Meet the Leaders Series we talk to Shirley Billson, one of our newest Leaders from our Pershore group.

1. Who is your heroine?

When I was growing up it was Marie Curie…the only woman we were ever taught about who was recognized for achievements in a man’s world. Now, it’s probably Greta Thunberg. Her total commitment to do the right thing is mind-blowingly inspirational.

2. What was the last book you read?

The Wall by John Lanchester – a great book and a very unnerving take on our world. I hope it isn’t prophetic, but it’s close enough to make you worry.

3. What is your favourite thing about what you do?

Always being able to contribute something positive

4. Who was your first crush?

A boy at primary school called Peter Watson – dark hair and deep blue eyes. 

5. What is your favourite thing about The Connexions?

Camaraderie comes first

6. What was your first job?

A Trainee Line Controller for BOC Datasolve….in modern terms, a Computer Network Engineer!

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Crikey, I’ve probably got lots of soap box topics….and I don’t sweat too many things these days. However, if I have to go for one, I’d say it’s when people don’t wash up cups properly. I hate taking out a ‘clean’ cup to discover months (or years!) of grime caked into the inside. I can’t have a drink once I discover it. 

8. What did you want to be when you were little?

An actress…it’s probably why I choose professional speaking now.