Our Stories: Sue Cambie

Written by Sophie Bevin.

Sue CambieA passion for design and creative problem-solving inspired Sue Cambie to become an architect. Hailing from Auckland, Sue’s career was successful from the word go. She worked for two of New Zealand’s most creative and successful architecture firms in Auckland. While there, she also completed private work, for some of which she won design awards.

Sue moved to London in 2001 and has had work commissioned in the UK, Europe and further afield. Her experience is vast; she created designs for many sectors including hospitality, retail, residential, arts, education and commerce.

Our Stories: Fran Hales

Written by Sophie Bevin.

fran halesIt all started in 1983 in Rangiora, New Zealand. Photographer Fran Hales had just taken a snap of her cat, Jezabel, on her new camera, a Kodak Ektra 200, which had a popup flash that doubled as a handle. Fran was 9 and her passion for photography had begun.

Fran has come a long way since her first paid shot of a girl holding a remote control. While the photo was used for a brochure, Fran was destined for brighter things. That photo really was a light bulb moment for her; photography was her passion, but making a living from it was still a dream at that time. She moved to London in 1997, attracted by the accessibility to Europe, the freedom of expression, arts and culture, and to meet new people.

After living in the UK for 14 years, Fran took the step to turn her passion into a profession in 2011.

Our Stories: Bronwen Horton

Written by Gabrielle Grant.

bronwenThere are a multitude of ways to introduce the founder of this network, who has achieved a considerable amount, recognised on an international scale, yet in true Kiwi fashion remains very humble, describing herself as "an average Kiwi".

After establishing the network mid 2009, launching the same night that a tube strike was announced in London with an initial base of 50 women, fast forward to today where the network has over 1100 women, and you begin to get a sense of Bronwen's determination, resilience, passion and sheer belief in her vision for this network.

Less than two years after establishing the network, early in 2011, Bronwen received an International Award from TIAW, the International Alliance for Women, for the economic empowerment of women. Not long after and alongside Kent Gardener and Paul Kendrick, Bronwen was a finalist for New Zealander of the year for their considerable fundraising achievements in aid of the earthquake in Christchurch.

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