Annabelle Southcoat, Government Scientist, On The Positive Power Of Champions In The Workplace


In honor of #WorldMentalHealthDay I’d like to share with a story from another inspirational woman in my network. Annabelle Southcoat is a genuine polymath – someone whose intellectual curiosity and drive for humanity and social justice has led her down so many fruitful paths already. Her story is interesting because she so nearly wasn’t. Her story is relevant to business leaders because she demonstrates the value of authentic adjustments to our inclusion practice and how, with the right champion, we can change the course and direction of lives. Ms Southcoat is now a Psychologist at the UK Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) a drummer in a band, an innovative thinker and a pussy cat mother.

The Significance Of Childhood Narratives

In Ms Southcoat’s own words. ”I’m also a dyslexic, gay, trans woman (though I tend to just say woman these days) and I have an ongoing and exciting relationship with my mental health.

I was born in the north east of England, my parents were fairly unconventional for the time in that after my younger brother was born my mum went back to work as a computer programmer, while my dad stayed home to look after the children. This caused a bit of friction with the family (so I’m told) and we left the north east before I started school. Following my mums career we moved around the country so that I attended eight different schools by the time I finished my A-levels (UK equivalent to High School Diploma).

When I was eight years old, Disney released The Little Mermaid, seeing it at the cinema also changed my life as it helped shape my questions of my gender identity. In 1989, with no Google to check this was challenging to face alone,