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APPG Women & Work Report 2017

30 January 2017 | Leave a comment

Are you struggling to find the right people for the vacancies in your organisation? Is gender diversity on your agenda? Last year we hosted a ‘hidden talent action tank’ to help employers tap into the increasing number of skilled women who want to come back to work after an extended break. This week, we attended the launch of the ‘Women and Work’[1] report from a cross-party group of MPs and bring you the highlights from an employer perspective. You can … Read More


What is a returner programme?

20 September 2016 | Leave a comment

A returner programme takes the concept of an internship and makes it relevant to people who have taken a career break and are looking to return to work. Typical programmes enable the individual to transition back into the workplace through a structured and specifically tailored programme. Participants either undertake a piece of relevant project work or step into a potentially available role providing them with the ability to demonstrate their suitability for longer term employment. Watch a film about how O2 … Read More


Avanade sponsors comeback workshop

8 December 2015 | Leave a comment

Do you work in technology? Are you currently on maternity leave or other break from work? Avanade is serious about fuelling the careers of women in technology and would like to connect with you.             As seen in the Guardian (If we really want more women in tech, we need to bring them back, 29/12/15) Avanade is sponsoring a ‘Coming back with Confidence’ workshop on Tuesday 2nd February, 9.50am-12.30pm in central London to support people, … 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


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 – 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


Talent Keeper – Steve Lake, Carillion

28 June 2013 | Leave a comment

In a room of seventy or so bright, eager women, Steve Lake leapt out as the lone trouser suit at Carillion’s biannual ‘women in leadership career development day.’ It was a rare, topsy-turvy situation at this male heavy construction firm yet one I think he relished, which became apparent when he told me later how he’d come to be there. Steve was a welcome addition at the session we ran for the parents (and intending parents) focused on how to … Read More


Rocket Woman – Emily Watson, Part-Time Lawyer at Rayden Solicitors

26 November 2012 | 1 Comment
Picture of solicitor, Emily Watson

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. Head in Macbook in a Waterstones café writing a pitch for a maternity comeback coaching … Read More