Words of intelligence
Cheshire Life: November 2018
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.’