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Name: Marilyn Hähn.

Job: Senior emergency planning officer,
Lancashire Council.

How long in the job? Two and a half years.

Career highlight: Managing the Lancashire Red
Cross response to the arrival of the Kosovan refugees in 1999.

Best training ever done: Advanced diploma in

I didn’t get where I am today by:
Accepting that because it’s always been done that way,
that’s the only way to do it.

Over the course of my career, I wish I had:
Gained more qualifications.

The best move I’ve ever made was: Into
the social care world when I joined the British Red Cross.

The most painful lesson I’ve learned at work
You can’t help everyone. There will always be
people you wish you could have done more for and those who
don’t want help.

Me and my career: I co-ordinate Lancashire
Council’s response to emergencies, such as fire and flooding
when I would find accommodation for people whose homes are
affected. Much of my work entails planning. It’s satisfying
when this works and traumatised people feel better as a result. I
work closely with social services and have enormous respect for
them. Going into social care satisfied a need in me. It gave me
renewed respect for social workers, who are a super crowd in a
no-win situation. I still volunteer with the Red Cross. In January
I went to Thailand for a fortnight as part of a Red Cross
six-person support team for British people affected by the tsunami.
Our job was to support survivors through a difficult time and get
them home.

curriculum vitae:

2002-current: Senior emergency planning
officer, Lancashire Council.

1998-2002: Community services manager, British
Red Cross, Lancashire.

1992-8: Administrator, British Red Cross,

1988-92: Events co-ordinator.

1975-88: Career break to raise children,
voluntary work with Girl Guides Association and British Red

1971-5: Exhibitions manager.

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