Keynote: Sabrina Cohen-Hatton – Breaking down the Barriers: Stories from a Firefighter
Sabrina will share some of her biggest challenges, from homelessness to dealing with the trauma of emergencies. While these challenges initially presented as barriers, they also provided significant opportunities. She will share the power of difference and how by not conforming to a stereotype meant that she wasn’t constrained by it, leaving her free to draw her own boundaries. This included leading national research, using behavioural science to revolutionise the way firefighters make decisions and keeping them safer.
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter since she was 18 years old. She is now one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK. After leaving home at 15 and school at 16, she joined the fire service in Wales. While climbing the ranks, she studied at the Open University and then at Cardiff University, eventually completing a PhD in Psychology. Her subsequent research into incident command in the emergency services has not only won awards but has also influenced policy at a global level. Sabrina was recently conferred as an Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University. Her first book, The Heat of the Moment, was published in April 2019 and has been optioned for TV by Kudos TV. She is an ambassador for the Big Issue. She lives with her husband and daughter in London.