Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Fire Officer, Author & Speaker
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter since she was eighteen years old. She is now one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK. She speaks with great eloquence on how to make decisions in a crisis.
Resilience and Wellbeing
Leadership in Uncertainty
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton biography
After leaving home at fifteen and school at sixteen, she joined the fire service in Wales. While climbing the ranks, she studied at the Open University and then at Cardiff University, eventually completing a PhD in Psychology. Her subsequent research into incident command in the emergency services has not only won awards but has also influenced policy at a global level. Sabrina was recently conferred as an Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University. In 2019 she was selected as one of Marie Claire's Future Shapers, featured on Desert Island Discs and published her first book -The Heat of the Moment. She is an ambassador for the Big Issue.
Her talks focus on how to harness your brain power under pressure. We make thousands of decisions every day, some are small, some are significant. Never is the impact felt more strongly than when we make a decision during a crisis. A crisis is by its very nature filled with uncertainty and pressure, which affects the way your brain processes the situation and can can ultimately make decision-making more daunting. In particular she explores:
- The power of humility for making decisions that impact on people – whether its teams or customers or clients.
- The power of being different.
- How your brain synthesises information and how you understand your crisis.
- The human impact of the decisions we make.
- Understand decision traps that are common in a crisis and how to avoid them.
- Understand the impact you can have on a crisis.