Meet Our Experts: Jodie Fink
Jodie is an A Level Tutor and LGBTQ+ Equality Champion. Find out who inspires her and what changes she would make for students in the borough.
What is your connection to NewVIc?
I have worked in Newham for quite a few years at Newham Sixth Form College and I also live close by. My grandmother was born and raised on Prince Regent Lane and also went to the grammar school that is now NewVIc.
What is like living and working in Newham?
It is a borough full of opportunities, possibilities and there is a lot to do. Seeing how the borough is changing and how those changes positively impact our students is great to see.
What one thing would you change?
I would like to change the fact that there are not enough extra-curricular activities available for young people in the borough. NewVIc delivers some fantastic opportunities for students and has a huge range of different enrichment activities students can take part in each week. It would be great if all young people could access as many opportunities as our students do.
Use three words to describe the area.
Transforming. Diverse. Progressive.
Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?
I am inspired quite regularly by our students, staff, and people we work collaboratively with. I am inspired by ambition, determination, and courage to take risks. Most recently I was inspired by the successful women that came to present at the Women in Leadership Panel we held this month.
It was an incredible event and opportunity for our young female students to experience. They had the chance to be introduced and to network in the corporate world and see first-hand how women are valued and developed in a hugely successful international company. The day gave our young female students a deeper understanding of the world of work and left them feeling that there are no limitations to what they can achieve and how high they can aim. The warm and supportive vibe also left us as female staff members full of confidence and enthusiasm to do the same.
What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?
It is not necessarily a new law but I would ensure that there was more equality across education and healthcare. The lack of funding for both areas is having a detrimental impact and causing inequalities in the support and care given.