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"As a senior lawyer in a high profile firm, becoming pregnant was somewhat of a novelty to my colleagues. The reassurance that my sessions with my coach gave me has been absolutely invaluable. I was ready to resign and give up on the many years of studying and training but, using her strategies, I am now better equipped to deal with the pressures of combining parenthood with my career as a lawyer. She both soothed and smoothed my return to work and I now look forward with greater confidence to the path ahead."

Senior solicitor, Nabarro LLP

Flexible working News archive

Fast forward to 30% : goal of improved board diversity is in sight
There has been an encouraging acceleration of progress towards the objective of achieving a 30% representation of women on the boards of UK companies, but Helena Morrissey, a leading voice on this issue, says that stumbling blocks remain as employers still find themselves struggling to ‘get the basics right’.


Ashurst’s inspiring ‘Women in Business’ event marks International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day was held in March and to coincide with it, international law firm Ashurst created a three-day programme of events called ‘Women in Business’. This included a lively and entertaining panel session that covered a wide range of topics.


Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the ECC discover the power of Returning Talent
This transformative programme provides inspiration and guidance to women on resuming their career after taking time out to raise a family. The programme in March generated some fantastic feedback from participants praising the openness and inspiration of the programme leaders and their confidence-boosting advice. We are thrilled to be now taking Returning Talent State-side.


Childcare: time spent planning can save stress and money later
Childcare is notoriously expensive and the options available can be bewildering. Andrea Birchall from Parental Choice shares advice to make sense of the maze, with suggestions for making your money go further. Appropriate and affordable childcare is critical for working parents. With costs continuing to rise, it is more necessary than ever to get more with less.


Leaders Corner – Karen Mattison MBE
Karen Mattison founded Timewise in 2005 when she identified a gap in the recruitment market, with employers often wanting to recruit high calibre, part time staff.


Security or autonomy? The talent gap widens
We have long been aware of the loss of female talent from the workplace, but as Geraldine Gallacher outlines, this is increasingly an issue for male executives too as they assess whether it is worth staying in the corporate world.


Spotlight on Australia and South Africa
We add even more of an international dimension to our newsletter, by welcoming insight into issues facing our affiliate partner organisations in Australia and South Africa. Lisa Lurie and Melany Green share here a snapshot of their experiences and expertise. What can we learn and how are others countries addressing the need to develop more women leaders?


All power part time
How championing leading part time executives could change the future of work for a generation. Karen Mattison MBE shares why she set up the first ‘flexible’ recruitment business and how this has led to the ‘Power Part Time 50’ awards with Ernst & Young.


Tipping the balance: How technology can help women at work
Technology can both enable and intrude. As work and life boundaries blur, William Buller explores ways of ensuring that IT supports flexible working rather than ruling it.


Lost Talent returns
A Returning Talent programme looks set to help women and men transform their lives by offering advice on returning to work following a career break to have children. Executive Coaching has teamed up with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to offer this valuable opportunity.