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No, I can't say that I was discriminated against. I think I've been treated very fairly. I think it is tough, but I can't say that anybody [has] been other than supportive, ... and I've benefited from lots of help and mentoring from male colleagues. It doesn't have to be women that mentor you. Many times when I thought, "I'm not really ready for a particular post," I wouldn't apply and Chris Dobson would say to me, "Oh, come on, you really should, there is no point hanging around," and I'd say, "Oh, but my CV will be better soon," and he'd say, "No, it's fine now, you go ahead." That's what I try to give back now, if I can: Try to encourage people to put in for things even though they think they may be not ready for them.
Elisabeth Pain is contributing editor for Europe.