Words of in­tel­li­gence

Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018

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Colonel Phae­dra Mclean, the most se­nior re­servist in the In­tel­li­gence Corps, was the guest speaker at Loreto Gram­mar School speech night.

Colonel Mclean, who is from Mac­cles­field, served as a Po­lice Con­sta­ble with Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary for 30 years, pri­mar­ily as a Firearms Of­fi­cer, com­bin­ing her po­lice work with a ca­reer in the Army Re­serve, trans­fer­ring to the In­tel­li­gence Corps in 1999.

Speak­ing to a packed au­di­to­rium at the Bridge­wa­ter Hall, she said: ‘Look­ing back I sup­pose it can be said I am in that gen­er­a­tion of women who broke through bar­ri­ers, but I don’t par­tic­u­larly recog­nise that pat­tern. I just took each chal­lenge one at a time and that would be my ad­vice to you. My ad­vice is if you want to try it, then do. You’ll have more re­grets if you don’t and you will never know just how far you could have gone. The only bar­rier to what you can achieve is you.’

And giv­ing out prizes across aca­demic work, cul­tural and com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion and sport­ing life, head Jane Beever said: ‘It’s been an­other ex­cep­tional and en­joy­able year. We are not only proud that our girls achieve ex­tremely strong aca­demic re­sults, but that they de­velop so much as in­di­vid­u­als and want to give so much back to the com­mu­nity.’

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