Chief Inspector Nicola Carter reflects on last year’s success at Womenspire 2017 – having won the highly competitive ‘Leader of the Year’ Award!


Chief Inspector Nicola Carter at Dyfed-Powys Police

 What did it feel like to win?

I went along to the event in Cardiff thinking I was unlikely to win. When my name was announced and the interview shown, it was a genuinely humbling nicola-caretr_assets-3experience. I was made to feel special amongst other women from a variety of backgrounds and organisations.

What has happened since the awards?

As soon as the results were posted on social media, I received messages of support from staff within the Force. I also received a phone call from my Chief Constable and a message of congratulations from the Police and Crime Commissioner. I was delighted! I have since featured in Force publications and in local media.

What did you think of the Womenspire Awards event? nicola-caretr_assets-2

The event was tremendous and very professionally run. My husband joined me in Cardiff for the event. When we walked into the drinks reception I was introduced to another nominee, Chelbie, who worked with my husband on the same construction project. My husband had kept it quiet that he was attending (with me) and we had had a little laugh afterwards. What a small world … and even more amazing is that 38525913586_4b033761d1_oChelbie also received an award.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of nominating a woman they know?

Women often lack self-confidence and often need to feel they will definitely achieve something before they will put themselves forward. When women have their potential highlighted, the improvement in self-confidence often opens doors to further self-development. I have gone on the sign up as a mentor for  Chwarae Teg to put something back and to continue to contribute to the development of women. Leadership is not gender specific and I continue to support all my team to reach their full potential.

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