Gillian Beasley: My leadership style means never giving up my beliefs


My twin sister and I were empowered by our mother, a proud Eastender who, having little formal education herself, was determined that her daughters would receive the very best.

When only one of us passed our 11 plus, she kept our results from us, and fought tenaciously to get us into the best school she could. She was right to do so as we have both succeeded; my sister is now an associate professor of science at Oxford University and I became the first joint chief executive of a county and city council.

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