Penny joined the Metropolitan Police at the tender age of 17 years, moving from a naive sheltered childhood to the bright lights of London to embrace the challenge of policing the Capital. With eyes now fully opened, she recognised the importance of communities, building bridges and empowering individuals to make a difference. She has benefitted from working with some of the most under-represented groups from Somali, Sikh and Jewish communities fostering trust and confidence. Recognising the importance of young people fulfilling their potential and being given opportunities she built a police cadet unit with 6 members to having 124 young people in a year, in the Boroughs of Camden and Islington.
Penny has faced discrimination linked to disabilities and sexism, but worked hard to become a Chief Inspector against the odds. Her final role was leading on engagement across London, through Brexit and Covid19.
Proud to have been asked to support C-VAP and inspire young people, enabling everyone to embrace untapped skills and knowledge outside of an education system, to be the best they can be and build a brighter future.