Client case study – CIPR

28 January 2015 | Leave a comment

The Challenge The Challenge The 2014 State of the Profession findings were a breaking point in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in taking action on equal pay and gender balance. Amongst other defining statistics, the survey identified a mean average pay gap of over £12,000 in favour of men, as well as a lack of women operating at a senior level. These statistics are in context of an overall industry that is just under two-thirds female. As a policy commitment … Read More


Fed up of feedback? Try Feed-Forward

28 January 2015 | Leave a comment

  Has anyone told you anything useful or motivating about what you do and how you do it lately? ‘Feedback’ is a skin-crawly, stomach-tightening word to many people, which is not surprising given most people aren’t in the habit of letting you know they’d like to ‘give you some feedback’ if they’re going to give you a moment in the sun. However, many of us clamor for more of it because knowing where we stand (certainty) makes us feel safe. … Read More


Talent Fueller – Nikki Gatenby, MD of Propellernet

21 January 2015 | Leave a comment

Nikki ‘Director of the Symphony’ Gatenby is the Managing Director of Propellernet in Brighton, one of the most progressive Search Marketing agencies in the UK. She fuels talent by asking her people to be ‘stunning colleagues’ and they’ve been hailed one of the top 25 places to work in Europe. In an instant we know Propellernet is a special place to work when Nikki tells us her job title is not so much MD as ‘Conductor of Our Symphony’ – … Read More


PR daddy challenges culture and works flexibly

7 January 2015 | Leave a comment

Chris Reed is the Founder of Restless Communications, an agency that helps organisations communicate at the speed, frequency and with the tone required for a social media age. He is @chris_reed on Twitter. Many moons ago he asked to work part-time and started to shift a culture.   Asking to work part-time at one of London’s top ten PR agencies I was an Account Director in one of London’s top 10 PR agencies when my first son was born – back … Read More


Talent Fueller – Sue McLean, Morrison & Foerster LLP.

20 November 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Sue McLean, Morrison & Foerster LLP. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Sue is a senior lawyer in MoFo’s European technology practice and the founder and chair of the MoFo Women London Affinity Group(i) – a group that is associated with MoFo’s firm-wide Women’s Strategy Committee. She was the recent guinea-pig for a new … Read More


Talent Fueller – Katarina Fidler, Carillion

10 October 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Katarina Fidler, Carillion. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Kat Fidler is the general manager of Sky Blue Solutions, part of leading integrated support services group Carillion, which provides recruitment and resource solutions to the UK construction and services sectors. She initiated and led the creation of the Carillion working mums network which … Read More


Work life balance? No thanks.

18 September 2014 | 1 Comment

Next week marks the fifth ‘National Work Life Week’ in the UK. Jessica Chivers shares her opinion about that oft’ heard phrase ‘work life balance.’ Through my work I have the privilege of hearing other women’s aspirations, concerns and insights into the minutiae of what it takes to be at their best. One thing that comes up time and again is boundaries. Not the leylandii/neighbour dispute type, but the demarcations we use to ensure we spread our energy around a … Read More


Talent Fueller – Tracy Groves, PwC

24 August 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Tracy Groves, PwC. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Something interesting is happening at PwC on the gender inclusion front and Tracy Groves is the catalyst behind it. Tracy is a partner in the Forensic Services Practice, based here in London, a day job that includes leading the business ethics and integrity practice … Read More


Talent Fueller – Allison Page, DLA Piper

29 June 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Allison Page, DLA Piper. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Allison Page is a partner in the finance team of global law firm, DLA Piper. She works in the Leeds office, runs a team of around 40 people and is married with two children. Colleagues put Allison forward to be profiled as a Talent … Read More


Working mother guilt: flexibility and trust are the only solutions

10 June 2014 | Leave a comment

  ** First published on www.theguardian.com on Thursday 29th May 2014 ** I’m fed up with the mothers and guilt rhetoric. This week, Emma Bridgewater, the pottery designer, admitted at the Hay Literary Festival that she struggled with guilt while building up her business and raising her family. She said she felt guilty about her family when she was at work, and guilty about work when she was with her family. I’m no stranger to mothers and guilt, in fact I wrote … Read More