Angela Williams Working Parent Interview
Posted: Tuesday August 1 2017
By: Abbie Coleman
Angela Williams Assistant Chief Constable has 24 years’ service with West Yorkshire Police. On joining the Police, her early postings were in Leeds and Bradford, before moving to Professional Standards Department at HQ.
Angela Williams Assistant Chief Constable has 24 years’ service with West Yorkshire Police. On joining the Police, her early postings were in Leeds and Bradford, before moving to Professional Standards Department at HQ. More recently, she has been the Commander at Bradford, Airedale and latterly Calderdale Districts.
Angela is often asked to come and speak on ‘work life balance’, which her children find hilarious – they suggest it’s more like ‘work life survival’. Whilst her children are now teenagers, she will say even though their younger years were a juggle and their home was ran something like a military operation, they now seen easier than having teenagers!
Our quick fire interview with Angela Williams:
What were or are the biggest challenges you faced going back in to the work place after children?
After having my children (now aged 19 and 15yrs) some colleagues didn’t seem to understand what a working Mum may want, be able to fulfil and how to juggle both a career and motherhood. They had already decided what I’d be capable of without asking me and just presumed. Although this is much better of late.
How do you achieve your work life balance of career woman and mother?
I’m not sure I do. I always feel such a fraud talking about work life balance, it’s more of a work life survival. My work and Mum roles are massively intertwined and it sort of works. I never really get that ‘Friday feeling’, but that’s fine because I don’t get the ‘Monday morning feeling’ either.
If you could give your past self-one piece of advice about being a working mother what would it be?
Don’t feel guilty about coming back to work after maternity leave and actually enjoying the break. Sometimes it’s easier to come to work than stay at home and both my children have turned out fantastic, sociable, well mannered, and great at school and thoroughly decent young people. Having a daughter, it’s important that they have good role models and as an avid Twitter fan, my daughter loves #thisgirlcan