International Women’s Day #Breakingthebias

Meet Josanne Stewart from Millfields Inspired

Focussing on our showcase of inspirational women on International Women’s Day – #breakingthebias on 8th March, we would like to introduce our very own staff member: Josanne Stewart, Development Manager for Millfields Inspired*.

Josanne, born and bred in Plymouth has given a little background about herself:

I started my career in Purchasing and Supply, gaining my Chartered Institute status and taking positions as a buyer for a number of high tech and consumer organisations.  I then worked for the Inward Investment team for the South West Regional Development Agency.  After taking a short career break to bring up my two fabulous boys, I decided I wanted to return to work, and engage in something that “makes a difference” and I applied to be the Development Manager of Millfields Inspired.  I have been in the role for just under seven years and I absolutely love it.  I work with the seven primary schools of Stonehouse, taking the year 5 children out to different workplaces to allow them to explore lots of different industries and career paths.

Alongside her role for Millfields Inspired, Josanne’s passion for making a difference to children’s lives is actively displayed in her volunteering.  She is chair of the PTFA for Devonport High School for boys, and also a school governor for Pilgrim Primary and she is actively involved with Plymouth Children in Poverty within her role as Millfields Inspired Development Manager.

Josanne said: “I am so lucky to have a job that I genuinely love, and I meet so many amazing people and organisations who share the same passions and desire to help children, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds”.

*Millfields Inspired is a charity established and supported by the Millfields Trust, an established and respected social enterprise in the Stonehouse neighbourhood.  The Trustees of Millfields Inspired are committed to creating sustainable change by extending and developing the Widening Horizons programme which works with the year 5 children of the seven schools in Stonehouse supporting children and their families with future career opportunities.