Fustina Duberry Team leader-Ministry of Justice, London UK
My family is the engine that drives me
Tell me anything about yourself
I am a 41 year old Capricorn who is determined and helpful; I have 3 lovely children who I adore.
I love to indulge myself in every genre of books, reading is my passion. Also love to watch historical documentaries to better educate myself about how the world was before my time.
How would you describe your immediate family
My family is the engine that drives me; they are my biggest supporters and are always there with open arms to catch me when I fall. I don’t think I would be what I am today without their love and support.
What does your name mean and do you feel you live up to it
After some research, it means God’s gift.
I think I have lived up to my name by being a loving, loyal and supportive presence to my family and community.
Tell me something that made you smile or laugh recently
Seeing my daughter jumping up and down with jubilation when she received her university grades put a smile on my face.
What is your favourite animal
Tell me something that scares you (we won’t tell anyone ssssshhh)
I have a massive phobia about putting my head under water and having my hair washed by anyone for the fear of the water getting in my face. This phobia has hindered me from learning to swim. I hope one day to overcome it.
When do you normally feel your happiest
When I am with my children, they are my joy.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety
When faced with stressful situations I love to talk it out with my partner because he has a calming effect on me. I also listen to meditation music like Gregory Isaacs and Buju Banton.
How do you celebrate your achievements
Celebrating with my immediate family and treat myself to something special.
What made you decide to start your profession
It started off as just a job in the early stages. I then started to see where I fitted into the organisation and how I could help some of the vulnerable people we held in our care. My aim was to help these women on their way to live law abiding lives, when they are released back into society.
One of the important lessons I learned in my profession is to never judge anyone, but get to know the person and their life journey.
What do you love about your role
I love managing my staff as I think I learn something new about myself every day.
Especially sharing knowledge with my team and seeing them use it to enhance their skills.
What are the typical challenges you face in your role
Dealing with performance problems as a manager is one of the typical challenges I face in my role. Although challenging, I like to identify the problem as soon as and engage with the individual to facilitate a change in behaviour.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years
In five years I would like to see myself as a senior manager within the Ministry of Justice and getting involved in policy making that influence our young people.
Do you have any pearls of wisdom you wish to share
If you don’t like something change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude.
This Maya Angelou quote is really powerful. For me it means, if you can change something you’re complaining about, then you better take action and rid yourself of whatever it is. If you can’t change it, you will need to change your outlook.
Finally this is the moment to shout out to a few people who have really encouraged, supported or even taking a gamble on you to allow your current success
There are a few people I would like to thank. To my immediate family I would say thank you for supporting me when I am at my worst and not giving up. For holding me up when all I wanted to do was crash to the floor and give up.
I have to give a special mention to Vondel who has always seen that I can achieve greater things, and always there to push me to achieve my full potential.
My sisters, we have been through so much together and our experiences has taught me to never give up, and not let bad experiences dictate your life.
How can the skills you’ve acquired help to benefit Montserrat
As someone that has worked in numerous departments within MOJ for 18 years, I have gained a wide knowledge of the prison system and how it best serves the community. It is there to protect and I think my experience could help in justice reform in our country.
What can we look forward to next from you
At the moment my daughter and I are working and on a little project but it is in the early stages. Stay tuned.
What’s the best thing about Montserrat in your eyes
The beaches and atmosphere.
What do you look forward to when going to Montserrat
I look forward to just walking on its soil and reacquainting with friends.
What would you love to see for Montserrat in 10 years
Infrastructures that we can be proud of. Improved healthcare and educational systems would make it more encouraging to return
Finally, when you think of Montserrat, how does it make you feel
I feel very proud, I love that little Island