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We want to build a community of high profile older women who are inspirational in one way or another. We also want to celebrate older women who have continued to pursue their dreams and live fulfilled lives.
Janet Ellis started her career as an actress playing a role in the BBC's children's programme Jackanory Playhouse, followed by a part in The Sweeney. She is most remembered for being a presenter in the children's television program Jigsaw in the late 70s. Alongside her career on TV she has raised three children, including Sophie who achieved great fame and success in the early 2000’s as a pop singer. Janet is still broadcasting and is a regular contributor to 'The Wright Stuff' on Channel 5 and in 2016 published her novel *The Butcher's Hook*. Read her full story here.
Clarissa began her career as an English and Drama teacher in 1981 and over the next fifteen years she progressed through the ranks until she achieved the very top of the teaching profession as High Mistress of St. Paul's Girls School, a role she has fulfilled for ten years and from which she is just about to retire. Read the full story here.
Elizabeth Bessant is a talented couture designer who creates beautiful bespoke garments for special occasions. She moved into couture 20 years ago following a successful art career exhibiting at the Royal Academy and around the world. Read her inspiring story here.
Annette Badland is one of our most versatile and talented actors whose long career covers stage and screen. She is most well-known for her roles in Eastenders, The Archers, Dr Who and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her career highlights include being nominated for an Olivier Award for her portrayal of Sadie in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, and winning critical acclaim as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at The Royal Exchange, Manchester. Read here full story here.
Our third Ambassador is Lady Justice Anne Rafferty, one of the very few female Appeal Court Judges and also Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. She is also an LFF customer whose name we spotted! We are delighted she agreed to share her story with us which you can read here.
Nicola Griffin was running her own business in Nottingham when she was spotted, at the age of 53, in a bank queue by Jayne Mayled, MD of White Hot Hair. Her first ever modelling job was for a few weeks later and she has since gone on take part in major campaigns for global brands, the most remarkable being swimsuitsforall.com which led to a feature in Sports Illustrated Magazine for which she was the oldest ever model they had ever used. You can read the full story here.
Sandra Howard was one of the top models of the 1960s appearing on the cover of American and British Vogue many times. She started writing novels at the age of 65 and is now a published author of six books including *Tell the Girl, *a semi-autobiographical account of Sandra's life as a model. You can read her story here.