Talent Fueller – Melissa Geiger, KPMG

6 May 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Melissa Geiger, KPMG. “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.’ Melissa Geiger was the youngest female to make partner at KPMG age 32. Now 38 and with two young children she is committed to being a role-model to others and chairs the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW).  She was instrumental in pushing female career advancement … Read More


Paternity Perspectives – Businesses Benefit from Active Fathers

28 April 2014 | 1 Comment

229,000 fathers now stay at home with their children – more than double than in 1993. The ONS reports this month that there’s been a 5% increase in the number of fathers giving up work in the past year, whilst the number of women at home has fallen by 45,000 to 2.04 million. According to various studies and surveys, men’s desire for a greater ‘balance’ between work and home is more apparent than ever before and a poll by the … Read More


Flexible working and perceptions of commitment or “How can I leave on time and still be seen as committed?”

13 February 2014 | 3 Comments

“How can I leave on time and still be seen as committed?” In a room of coaches and employers at a seminar we ran at the University of Hertfordshire on maternity comeback coaching recently, this was the subject participants honed in on out of 28 themes marked up for potential discussion. You might like to download this post to share or digest later (pdf). The question comes up time and again when working in a coaching relationship with maternity returners. … Read More


Maternity Phaseback – a returner and her line manager’s perspective at RBS

28 January 2014 | Leave a comment

In this post we’re shining a light on the positives of ‘maternity phaseback’ (a policy which allows a maternity returner to gradually build up days worked over a given period) and how to mitigate potential downsides. We hear from Cathy Lloyd and her line manager at the time, Peter Fernandez, from RBS International. Phaseback – a line manager’s perspective “People buy people and if you’ve got good people, why wouldn’t you seek to retain them. The pull of a child on … Read More


Talent Fueller – Carolanne Minashi, Citi

17 January 2014 | 1 Comment

Talent Fueller interview with Carolanne Minashi, Citi. “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.’ Carolanne Minashi heads up diversity, employee relations and engagement for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at Citi – a role comprising around 55 countries and approximately 35,000 people. Beyond Citi having a positive, pioneering story to tell on the maternity transition front – … Read More


Talent Fueller – Nicki Seignot, ASDA

9 January 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller interview with Nicki Seignot, ASDA. “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.’ Nicki Seignot is part of Asda’s HR team at the home offices in Leeds. She’s also the bright mind behind their Mum2Mum mentoring scheme which helps maternity leavers bring their ‘whole selves’ back to work. After a spot of mutual admiration (we love that … Read More


Talent Fueller – Tim Yendell, RBS

6 November 2013 | 2 Comments

Talent Fueller interview with Tim Yendell, RBS. “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.’  Tim Yendell is the Head of RBS Choice, with a remit that includes spreading the adoption of agile working practises across the bank. We met Tim when we did a double-header for the RBS Parents and Carers Network on pitching for flexible working and making it … Read More


Rocket Woman – Yvonne Garricks, Learning & Development Manager at Dentons

21 October 2013 | 1 Comment

  Studies of how men and women behave in the workplace suggest men are more likely to ask for what they want than women. Our Rocket Women posts shine a light on women who have asked for something in their professional life that has had a significant impact on their career. We hope they fuel your resolve to ask for what you need to get on.   Yvonne Garricks, Learning & Development Manager at Dentons Inside Dentons, an established city … Read More


Talent Fueller – Alexandra de Zwart Haggard, Russell Investments

25 September 2013 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Alexandra de Zwart Haggard, Russell Investments. “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.’  Bright, engaging and collaborative, we first met Alexandra de Zwart Haggard in the spring of 2013 in Russell Investment’s sun-filled London offices on Regent Street. Watching and listening to how she interacts with the colleagues who are in the meeting with us, … Read More


Case study in Coaching at Work magazine

4 September 2013 | Leave a comment

  Jessica Chivers gives a perspective to Coaching at Work magazine on how to help a manager make a smooth transition back into her role post maternity leave. The ‘problem’ A solution It’s fantastic that Susan has an enlightened manager. Maternity comeback coaching could provide a supportively challenging space for Susan to consider, plan and prepare for her return, as well as think about broader career aspirations and actions. Three areas to explore in coaching could be: 1. How Susan … Read More