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Q&A with Elizabeth Rimmer

29 September 2016

 Elizabeth Rimmer

1. You are currently the CEO of LawCare, how long have you worked at LawCare?

I joined LawCare just over 2 years ago.

2. You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?

Trying to get the legal community talking about mental health and wellbeing and galvanised into action to make the culture more open and supportive.

3. What are you working on at the moment?

Our new website, which we hope to launch together with a new logo and image in early November. We have taken on a professional communications advisor to help us raise our profile and get our message out there.

4. What was your first job?

When I was 16 working in a factory that made medicinal products for animals, I spent a summer sticking 'Tigress teat ointment' labels on pots of mastitis cream for cows with sore udders. It was fun as the girl next to me on the production line did brilliant Rowan Atkinson impressions.

5. Career highlight?

When I was a solicitor, doing pro bono work for Inquest. Difficult but very necessary. At LawCare, the launch of the Legal Professions Mental Health and Wellbeing taskforce, which has brought together professional bodies, regulators and educators across the legal community to identify how we can work together to tackle stigma around mental health and ensure those in need of support know how to find it.

6. Share some great advice you've been given.

'Tomorrow is another day', my dad's mantra when I was growing up, and also the last line of Gone with the Wind. I have a poster of this saying framed in my kitchen.

7. What's in your desk drawers?

I have a glass desk with no drawers, but there is quite a lot on it, some ceramics my son made at school, (not quite sure what they are, I daren't ask) a stack of work related reading and a notepad with a very long to do list.

8. Can you recommend a local lunch or coffee spot?

I work from home so I guess my kitchen table.

9. How do you relax?

Ideally somewhere warm and sunny or on the sofa catching up on Bake Off.

10. If you hadn't become a solicitor, what would you have done?

I nearly stayed on at university to do a PhD in molecular biology, so possibly an academic/researcher, which I now find very hard to believe.

11. Favourite city?

Has to be London, I was born in London but spent my childhood living overseas, then lived in London for 25 years, before moving to Bath.

12. What book is on your bedside table?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriaty, recommended by a friend.

13. If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three things would you bring with you?

My family
My friends
My phone
If not allowed the first two, then a hammock and emergency flares, I wouldn't want to be on that island too long.