Fiona Clark is a qualified confidence and career coach who founded Inspired Mums to inspire women to reach their full potential at work. She is passionate about helping women find fulfilling, family friendly roles. Fiona is married with two boys aged nine and six and lives in Holmer Green.
• What do you love most about where you live?
I love the fact there is a great sense of community and we really get to enjoy village life. Holmer Green is very family friendly with so many things on offer – whether it’s football for the boys on a Saturday morning, a fantastic choice of after school activities or going for lovely walks in the countryside. There’s no end of ways to keep two young boys entertained!
The geography is also fantastic – we can enjoy beautiful walks in the woods followed by a pub lunch in one of the local villages and still get in to London easily, whether it’s for work or day trips during the school holidays.
• Your favourite place to:
o Visit locally – The whole family enjoys a day out at Marlow, there’s something for everyone – a playground and ice cream to keep the kids entertained, lovely shops to potter around and a relaxing riverside stroll.
o Shop at – I love going to local deli’s such as Peterley Manor Farm shop for a foody treat. Clothes-wise I find it easier to blitz some shopping in House of Fraser and the Eden Centre in High Wycombe when the sales are on.
o Go for a meal at – The Cape, Beaconsfield for a relaxed lunch with the girls!
• How do you relax?
As any working mum knows finding time to relax can sometimes be a challenge! My favourite way to switch off is to meet up with friends for a catch-up over a coffee or a glass of wine.
• What’s your favourite tipple?
You can’t beat a Pimms and lemonade with all the trimmings- and no I don’t wait for Summer!
• Top dinner party guest (and why)?
I’d like to invite Anne Marie Slaughter to dinner. She was Hilary Clinton’s former Director of Policy Planning and swapped her high-pressured job for a more family-friendly role. In her book “Unfinished Business” she argues that changing career to find a more flexible role shouldn’t be seen as “trading down” or “giving up”, instead, child-rearing should be given a higher status in society – a view I feel which I whole-heartedly share!
• Favourite Meal?
I love fish chowder – this is a great recipe and I replace the salmon with smoked haddock
• Favourite book
“I read a lot of personal development books due to my business type, however when I read to relax I like to find an inspirational story to draw me in – and I loved this story: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.”
• One thing on your bucket list?
Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with my boys
• Website: www.inspiredmums.co.uk