All about me

If you’re in a hurry, read My Story, on my homepage for a super succinct summary. But if you’re after more detailed information, read on…

Work-life balance and flexible working expert

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.

Research and campaigning

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.

Recognising best practice

I’ve led the development of best practice awards and benchmarking for employers around family-friendly employment and chaired multiple judging panels.

Diverse employer experience

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.

Personal perspective

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.

Honours and accreditations

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.

Current roles

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.

Anything else?

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, I’ll happily answer your questions. Please get in touch

By Email: [email protected]
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