HotSquash Strong Women: Janine, Consultant Oncologist
At HotSquash, we design clothes for the busy, modern, stylish woman, and they don’t come
much more stylish, or busy, than mum, dog owner Consultant Oncologist Janine from
Read her fascinating story below, from leaving school with one 0 level, to pushing herself
through night school into the challenging medical profession; she’s a real inspiration!
Janine in our Skater Dress
1. Did you end up with the career you wanted as a child?
As a child I was pony mad and all I wanted to do was work in the horse industry; I was not
academically-minded and left school with only one 0 level.
At 15 I went on a YTS scheme and trained to be a horse-riding instructor. I achieved this and
in my early twenties I ran a busy riding school.
A series of events led to a change in my life and circumstances which resulted in me going
back to night school to gain A levels (I discovered an education) and then on to university,
where I studied biological sciences.
I became increasingly interested in cancer and at that point knew that not only did I want to
be a doctor, but that I wanted to be cancer doctor. I therefore undertook a further 5 years at
medical school to become one.
I now work as a consultant oncologist with a special interest in breast cancer, renal cancer and melanoma.
2. How do you make your work-home life balance?
Prioritise and structure work tasks.
Delegate – this was something I struggled with when I first became a consultant but it’s so
important to implement, my secretary is an absolute gem and she helps me so much in
achieving an organised work schedule.
I make use of all annual leave and try to plan it so its spaced out evenly throughout the year
and when I’m off, I switch off – no checking e-mails.
Tap into technology – use teleconferencing if you can to save driving to meetings or being
there in person.
Janine in Our Wideleg Jumpsuit
3. What’s your go-to fashion item?
Sunglasses; I have so many and even in the winter at the first sign of sunlight the
sunglasses are out - I have a pair that permanently take residence in my car.
Also shoes I love; exquisite, fabulous shoes along with statement earrings – the type of
shoes and earrings that announce themselves as you walk in a room.
Janine in our Rolltop Maxi Skirt
4. Who or what inspires you?
There are many strong, motivated, successful people that inspire me and who have
achieved incredible things I could write a long list, particularly in the field of cancer medicine.
But for me personally, I think it must be my husband. He has been there for me right from
the start of my career, he always believed in me, and without him I would not be where I am
5. How do you like to spend your time off?
With my family (husband and 10-year-old son). We have recently acquired a French bulldog
puppy and she has completely changed our life, we get out of the house so much more now
as a family at the weekends and evenings for lovely long dog walks.
I also love to get to the Lake District at any opportunity (I love the landscape and the peace
and calm) – one day I plan to have a holiday home there, and of course shopping – I love to
6. When travelling with work/your family, what are your fashion essentials?
Sunglasses, cashmere socks and comfy lounge pants for long haul flights and a fabulous
cover up for the beach that will take me from pool/beach to beach/pool-bar.
Janine in our Tie Neck Top
7. What are the top 3 things (not people!) that you’d hate to live without?
1. My phone
2. Music – I listen to it all the time in the car, in my office, at home – I’m a big user of Spotify.
3. Coffee – A costa Americano with skinny milk.
8. Where do you go to for fashion inspiration?
I used to spend a lot of time using magazines but now I pay attention to people around me –
what other people are wearing.
I love Instagram for inspiration and style ideas and for discovering new brands, I have
discovered so many brands via social media, including HotSquash, that I would never have
Janine in our Raglan Sleeve Dress
9. What fashion advice would you want to pass onto the next generation?
I think you must be true to your self – find what works for you, find what makes you feel
good, always consider paying that little bit more if it’s a special unique item because it is
those items that will bring you joy over and over again.
I see many styles that I love but I know that they will just not work on me and as I have aged
I have learned to accept that.