St Albans City and District’s Mayor was out and about visiting Radio Verulam and HMS St Albans to help highlight International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March.
The Mayor, Cllr Frances Leonard, joined Radio Verulam’s Outspoken Show for a special discussion about the role of ‘Women in the changing world of work’.
Together with presenter Pat Newland and fellow guest, local author, Jane Turley, they talked about how the workplace is evolving.
It was a busy day for the Mayor, who later attended a reception and capability demonstration on HMS St Albans, berthed in London on a four-day visit.
Earlier in the week, the Mayor had sailed on the Portsmouth-based warship to London ready for the crew to take part in various special events. The events were organised to mark International Women’s Day, the 100th anniversary of women in the Naval Service and National Apprenticeship Week.
Cllr Frances Leonard, the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, said: “On board, I was able to see first-hand how female sailors take an active role on the ship. The world of work has certainly changed for women over the last fifty years or so, not just in the Royal Navy, but in all kinds of workplaces. Women are now being recognised for the valuable contribution they can make.”
Reporters from BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat were also on board the Royal Navy’s fleet ready escort as it made its way to London. They interviewed female crew from the ship which is first in line to react to any task set by the UK government
The ship’s crew also welcomed schoolchildren on board to learn about opportunities for women in the Royal Navy and attended a House of Commons’ celebration of apprentices.
Commander Chris Ansell, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said: “It’s a real privilege to be able to bring my ship in to London not least because we have so much to celebrate.
“My ship’s company have been looking forward to some well-earned time ashore following a busy and successful operational period for us. My team is a mix of experienced sailors and people who are sailing for the very first time, and they have all achieved a great deal.
“We currently hold the duty of being the first responder for the nation should there be any need for a maritime response.
“Around 95 per cent of our nation’s trade and 35 per cent of our energy comes into the UK via the sea so it’s a domain we need to protect and be active in policing.”
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Frances Leonard.
Contact for the Mayor’s office:
Alison Orde, the Mayor’s Civic Officer
Tel: 01727 819544
Contact for the media:
Senior Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
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HMS St Albans
(F83) is a Type 23 'Duke' Class frigate of the Royal Navy. Launched on 6 May 2000, she was the 16th and final ship of that class to be built and is the sixth ship to honour the Duke of St Albans. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun she was delivered to the Royal Navy in November 2001. The ship has 220 crew. More information about HMS St Albans's trip to London is available online
Above - On board HMS St Albans: Cllr Frances Leonard, the Mayor of the City and District with her husband and consort, Dr Graham Leonard
Below - Guests on Radio Verulam’s Outspoken Show: Cllr Frances Leonard, the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans and local author Jane Turley