Cathy Cockin runs her own business, Little Miss Electrical, in Huddersfield. She trained to become an electrician while working in an office as a legal executive, but since becoming full-time in February 2017 she hasn’t looked back. She is flying the flag for females in the electrical industry.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My boyfriend Oliver
Brie and cranberry toastie
The Beautiful South
What’s your best dish?
Tuna pasta bake
Most prized possession?
My horse, but I’m not sure which – you can’t have favourites!
Favourite YouTube video?
Kids are asked to draw what they imagine a firefighter, surgeon and fighter pilot to be and they all draw men. Then they meet them and they’re women!
Furthest you’ve travelled?
Thailand – I loved the elephants
Cats or dogs?
Cats. I have a gorgeous Bengal called Pringle. Don’t tell Reggie, my Jack Russell!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Wiring houses without having to run cables to every switch, socket and light fitting. Some customers think I already have this power!
Worst haircut you’ve ever had?
When I was 19, my hairdresser made it shoulder length at one side and slowly shorter as it went around to the other side – I cried!
If you weren’t an electrician, what would you be?
A joiner, they make stuff look so good!
I’m a right tool geek! Probably my snips, they’re always in my back pocket
What can’t you leave the house without?
I’d love to leave my phone but it contains everything
Ketchup – cupboard or fridge?
Cupboard! Who wants cool ketchup!?
Starter or dessert?
Hard one! Dessert – sticky toffee pudding please!
Ultimate holiday destination?
I’ve been all over the world and not seen enough of my homeland, especially Scotland!
Curry – I’m not a big pizza fan
Favourite song right now?
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Scariest thing you’ve ever done?
I left my career as a solicitor to retrain as an electrician back in February 2017. I cried for a couple of days, but it’s the best thing I have ever done
Most famous person you’ve met?
Charlie Dimmock from Garden Rescue and Geoff Norcott the comedian. I’ve featured in BBC programmes… watch this space!
Find out more about Cathy’s business, Little Miss Electrical, at littlemisselectrical.co.uk.
This feature first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of SPARKS Magazine.