I am one of the UK’s leading authorities on issues concerning work-life balance, inclusive employment and diversity, and I have been instrumental in shaping family friendly policy, legislation and public attitudes since the mid-90s.
For most of my career, I have worked with employers, researched and campaigned around how we work, and how work impacts on and interacts with family life.
From 1994 to 2018, I was Chief Executive of worklife charity Working Families, and in that role I built up an unparalleled track-record of highly impactful practical work, research and thought leadership on issues around gender discrimination at work, family friendly and flexible working best practice, and of policy development.
In 2012, I established and developed the now annual Modern Families Index (Working Families and Bright Horizons), which has become a respected and influential survey of the impact of work on family life in the UK today.
I’ve led the development of best practice awards and benchmarking for employers around family-friendly employment and chaired multiple judging panels.
I’ve worked extensively with employers in the public, private and third sectors; with SMEs and global corporates – I understand diverse employer contexts and how to position family-friendly and flexible working so that it is relevant and practical.
As a working mother myself, over the years I have job-shared, job-split, or worked reduced hours as a sole post-holder in order to retain time for my family life. I built a successful and high impact organisation on flexible principles: the staff I led and managed worked in the office, remotely, full-time, part-time and job-shared.
I was awarded an OBE for services to quality of life issues in 2007, and I have twice been recognised as a Top 30 HR Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine.
I was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University School of Management in 2019.
I am Chair of PiPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts), Deputy Chair of the social justice charity Commonweal Housing, and a Trustee of Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls.