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Nov. 25, 2022

#071: Learning to Live My Best Life with Kathryn Billing

#071: Learning to Live My Best Life with Kathryn Billing

The search for fulfilment in life and leadership.

When you’re truly brought up to believe that women can do anything, anything really is possible – including becoming the Chief Fire Officer. Driven by a heart for service, a love of community, and a deep desire to make a difference, Kathryn built a varied and interesting career, until her pursuit of improvement led her to discover that not all women in the fire service shared the same experience. Something had to change, and she shares her story of stepping up and confronting institutional sexism and committing to being part of the solution.

There were further challenges ahead. Making a difference and serving others had been the cornerstone of Kathryn’s career, but it was embarking on the journey of self-discovery that opened her eyes to the most important impact she had yet to make… finding how to make the shift from living her life in service of others, to loving herself enough to live her own best life.

Kathryn Billing is the Chief Fire Officer in Cornwall Fire and Rescue.  She’s a high performing woman with a heart for service and community, blending ambition & achievement with a deep desire to really make a difference, while having fun along the way.

This episode is for women who are leading change and want to learn more about leading others and themselves. It’s an episode about identity, self-acceptance and self-belief.



Kathryn Billing is the Chief Fire Officer for Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service. She joined the service as a retained firefighter in 1999 and she has built her career across a range of functions and locations, including training which, as you will hear, she loved very much. After a series of promotions she was appointed to Chief Fire Officer in 2021 and is exceptionally proud to hold this role in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Kathryn’s full bio and contact details can be found on her personal guest page.


Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world.  With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see.  Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.


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Kathryn Billing

Chief Fire Officer

Kathryn is the Chief Fire Officer for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service beginning her role as a retained firefighter at Redruth in 1999.

Kathryn joined Cornwall County Fire Brigade in 1999 as a retained firefighter and was successful in the wholetime recruitment in 2001. Since then she has operated across most functions and locations, including training which she loved very much. Her key roles included temporary Station Manager serving in the East of Cornwall in 2014, promotion to Group Manager People and Training in April 2017, Area Manager Service Delivery in August 2017, Assistant Chief Fire Officer in September 2019.

Kathryn was appointed to Chief Fire Officer in March 2021 and is exceptionally proud to hold this role in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Work is of course a balance and “away from work” Kathryn enjoys very much going to the gym (lots of burpees), she loves spending time at the beach or anywhere as its stunning in Cornwall!! She is very lucky to share her life with friends and her cat Bob, who keeps her grounded and is fab for her wellbeing!