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International Women's Day - profile on the Chairman and Lieutenancy Office's support

In honour of International Women’s Day today, we've met some of the women in the council doing interesting jobs here in Cornwall.


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My name is Sarah Goodall.

I’m the Lead Support for Cornwall Council’s Chairman and Lieutenancy Offices.

My job involves staging events for Chairman Cllr Mary May and Lord-Lieutenant Edward Bolitho OBE, who is the Queen’s representative in Cornwall.

The kinds of events I organise really vary. It might be arranging afternoon tea for the Chairman so she give a thank you to someone in person. Or, I might be organising a big ceremony for the French Honorary Consul to award a group of Cornwall World War Two veterans the Legion d'Honneur.

In a typical week, I could be answering invitations on behalf of the Chairman, or advising a member of the public who wants to put someone’s name forward for a national honour, or making sure the Chairman is properly briefed before she goes into a meeting.

I might be advising someone on whether or not to curtsy when meeting a member of the royal family, or whether they should wear a hat.

I’ve worked for the Council for 12 years. Before that I was working as a business PA for two female entrepreneurs running Body Shop franchises here in Cornwall. And before that, I was in the Royal Navy.

The most unusual thing I’ve had to do in my job is arrange a royal visit to the Eden Project for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at incredibly short notice. They were supposed to be visiting the Scilly Isles but they were fogged in. I had the amount of time it took for their car to drive from Newquay to Eden to get things organised.

I remember walking down Eden’s winding path and all these families were walking up and doing surprised double-takes at the sight of William and Kate. It was lovely.

What I love most about my job is that anything can happen at any time. I’m like a butterfly and flit from one thing to another, so I don’t mind having lots of different things going on at once.

I love living in Cornwall because it’s so special. I chose to live here rather than being brought up here because the people, the countryside and the culture is so special.