Agenda


Friday 4 October 2019


09:30
Registration opens


10:00 - 10:15


Welcome to Flexpo!
Anna Whitehouse, Founder of Mother Pukka
10:15 - 11:00
Flexpert briefing
What are my flexible working options?


Are you reaching analysis paralysis over the types and terminologies? Come and listen to what each flexible arrangement means in practical terms to help you decide on your best path forward, then ask your burning questions.

  • Job sharing: how does this work and how to set it up
  • Part-time hours: who is doing this and how?
  • Agile, compressed hours and working from home: what do they mean and do you even need to ask permission to do it?
  • Flexi hours and term-time contracts: ways of making this work
  • Other flexible working arrangements
  • What are the trends driving more flex working? Technology, agile and collaboration
  • What does all of this mean in terms of wage and holiday entitlements?

Speakers:
Carolyn Nevitte, Marketing and HR Operations Director, People Insight
Belinda Lester, Founder of Lionshead Law

11:00 - 11:10
Break between talks: grab a coffee, visit a stand, workshop your CV
11:10 - 12:00
Employees’ stories
Going from full-time to flexible: negotiating your new job design


Whether you’re returning to work or looking for more flexibility in your current job, this panel will offer candid advice from people who have ‘been there, done that.’ You will hear stories of how others have negotiated their flexible work arrangements and you will have a chance to ask questions. Some of the issues we will be covering include:

  • What to do if your employer has no official policy for flexible working
  • Looking at the business case, not your reasons for going flexible
  • Different approaches: should you present data to support your case or suggest trying it as a pilot? Other people’s experiences of what has worked
  • Presenting it to the bosses: explaining how you can make it work, building trust between you and your employer over your commitment to the job
  • What to do if your request is refused

Moderator:
Anna Whitehouse, Founder of Mother Pukka
Speakers:
Heather DeLand, Executive Creative Director of TMP Worldwide
Alex Lambert, Director at The Office for National Statistics
Lance Doughty, Executive Vice President of Capgemini
Lynda Thwaite, Director of Marketing and Communications at Sir Robert McAlpine
Robert Powell, Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility at Weil, Gotshal and Manges
Tom Pepper, Senior Director - Head of Marketing Solutions UK at LinkedIn

12:00 - 12:10
Break between talks: grab a coffee, visit a stand, workshop your CV
12:10 - 13:00
Practical briefing
Preparing your business case


Hear from experts how to create the ideal business case for flexible working. Understand what employers consider when assessing flexible working requests and what you need to include. Ask our flexpert panel questions specific to your own request and get expert advice to help you reshape your working pattern.

Moderator:
Matt Farquharson, Mother Pukka
Speakers:
Louise Deverell-Smith, Founder of The Daisy Chain Platform
David Blackburn, Chief People Officer at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Vanessa Lovatt, B2B Digital Media Expert and Founder at Time 4 Equality
Ursula Tavender, Founder of Mumbelievable™ and Taking Care of Business
Brian Ballantyne, Author of “Confessions of a Working Father”

13:00 - 13:10
Break between talks: grab a coffee, visit a stand, workshop your CV
13:10 - 14:00
Job seekers’ panel
Tips and tricks for landing your flexible dream job


  • Where should I look? Which job roles and industries allow the best flexible working arrangements?
  • Separating the spin from the truth: ensuring you’re picking an employer that will offer real flexibility and fair opportunities
  • How to present yourself at an interview as a worker who requires flexibility
  • Dealing with gaps in your CV
  • Identifying and presenting your transferrable skills if you are looking to make a career change
  • Approaching the conversation about working hours and flexible arrangements, negotiating your job design

Moderator:
Katy Fridman, Founder of Frankly Flexible
Speakers include:
Karen Brookes, Executive Director of Sir Robert McAlpine
May El Komy, Senior Policy Adviser at the Department for Education
Kate Cornish, Senior Policy Adviser at the Department for Education
Sarah Bearpark, Principal Environmental Consultant at Mott MacDonald
Louise Deverell-Smith, Founder of The Daisy Chain Platform

14:00 - 14:10
Break between talks: grab a coffee, visit a stand, workshop your CV
14:10 - 15:00
Returners' panel
How to get back into your career after a break


If you’ve been out of the workplace for 12+ months, this session will give you candid, practical advice on getting back into employment, updating your skills and presenting the business benefits and strengths you bring to the table as an employee. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions of our returner experts, and to learn about:

  • Reinventing yourself after a career break: how have other people done it?
  • What are returnship programmes and how do they work?
  • Other avenues for retraining and support for getting back into work
  • Different approaches to presenting yourself on your CV as a returner
  • How to talk about your time out of the workplace in a positive light with an employer
  • Freelance/self-employment options: how do you know if this is right for you, and how do people set themselves up?

Moderator: Lucinda Quigley, Working Parents and Women’s Leadership Coach at Talking Talent
Speakers:
Angelika Cullen, Founder and Creative Director of Fornessi
Kate Mansfield, Relationship Director at Women Returners
John Adams, multi award-winning dad blogger @dadbloguk
Joy Foster, Founder and Managing Director of TechPixies
Sarah-Jane Butler, Founder and CEO of Parental Choice
Angela Chan, Media Diversity Expert
Sophie Lancastle, Global Change Manager - Talent Acquisition at Barclays

15:00 - 15:10
Break between talks: grab a coffee, visit a stand, workshop your CV
15:10 - 16:00
Fireside chat
A flexpert’s survival guide: juggling work/life and progressing your career


So, you’ve landed your flexible job. Phew! Now what?

Our panel shares the strategies and life hacks that have helped them survive and thrive as a flexible worker in an often "flexist" world that can stigmatise “part-timers”. We will talk you through how to navigate the potential pitfalls including:

  • Setting and communicating rules about how/when/whether to contact you outside your working hours
  • Managing flexible working within your team and avoiding resentment among your full-time colleagues
  • Balancing work pressure with your outside priorities: when to show flexibility and when to push back
  • How to turn your flexibility into your selling point!
  • Showing your commitment to the job and going for promotions
  • Looking after your mental wellbeing and avoiding burnout

Moderator:
Annie Auerbach, Co-Founder of starlingstrategy.co.uk and Author of “FLEX: the modern woman’s handbook”
Speakers:
Dr Karthiga Gengatharan, GP, SSLMCs Medical Director, Croydon CEPN Chair
Jackie Simpson, Managing Director, Cistor
Jessica Rogers, Award-Winning Business and Executive Coach
Ian Dinwiddy, Founder and Director at Inspiring Dads
Jenny Rossiter, Coach, Human Behaviour Specialist and Founder of Feel Good Leadership
Han-Son Lee, Founder of Daddilife and Planning Director, Proximity London

Speakers

The theatre content will be delivered by some of the most influential and dynamic leaders for change from across a diverse spread of industry. These are people who inspire change, cultivate leadership and educate both employers and employees to ensure that both people and business are empowered to adapt, embrace and champion the brave new world of work. Some of them are leading business, some of them are championing change, some of them have experienced change – the one thing they have in common is a desire to share their knowledge, experience and commitment with you at Flexpo to help achieve a better work/life balance.




Click Speakers to view their Bios
Anna Whitehouse
Founder of Mother Pukka

Anna Whitehouse is the founder of Mother Pukka and a campaigner for flexible working through her nationwide #FlexAppeal campaign to encourage more people to ask for flex and more companies to trial it. She is a columnist for Grazia and Marie Claire, the bestselling author of Parenting the Shit out of Life and co-hosts a Sunday night radio show on Heart FM.

Mother Pukka is a portal for news, events, reviews and honest comment for people who happen to be parents who is set to release her 2nd book early in the new year, aptly titled ‘Where’s My Happy Ending’ an exploration of the modern day relationship with her husband Matt.

Jenny Rossiter
Campaigner for Humanity

Jenny Rossiter is a campaigner for humanity in business. Adopted as a baby she has dedicated her life to the pursuit of connection and human service, inspiring people and giving hope to everyone she meets.

Her career began as a psychiatric nurse and has developed into an executive coach with a lifetime spent studying human behaviour and more recently leading-edge neuroscience. Having served in the corporate world for 25 years she went on to successfully run her own business for 16 years.

After years of extreme personal achievement, drive and giving too much of herself away and suffering burnout (something 30-40% of high achievers in business suffer from today), Jenny has gone through a reinvention that has changed her parenting style, her mind-set and ultimately her happiness.

Jenny looks to help high achievers in pioneering organisations by focussing on what matters to them. By sharing her own experience of burnout, she helps others understand theirs. She’s been there and done it herself and by sharing her own vulnerabilities she can help them find belief in their own potential, so they can be braver than they’ve ever been, put their own needs first, live life their own way and achieve the next big thing.

Jenny genuinely cares and has a softness and a true authentic vulnerability that makes people feel safe and reassured, providing a real sense of new hope.

David Blackburn
Multi-award-winning HR professional

David Blackburn is a multi-award-winning HR professional with over 20 years’ experience in leading all aspects of Human Resources and is currently the Chief People Officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Prior to his current role he worked across both the private and not-for-profit sectors. David is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and the London Business School; a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development; the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the Guild of HR Professionals.

David Blackburn is the FT Adviser Diversity Champion of the Year and his work at FSCS has been recognised in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards; Financial Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards; National Diversity Awards; CIPD People Management Awards; Personnel Today Awards; Investors in People Awards; HR Distinction Awards and HR Excellence Awards.

Sarah Bearpark
Principal Environmental Consultant at Mott MacDonald

Sarah is a chartered civil and environmental engineer. Her career started at Mott MacDonald as a consultant. After a career break a role in sustainability at a further education college offered new challenges.

Following a second career break, driven by ill health, Sarah undertook career coaching before returning to Mott MacDonald as a Principal Environmental Consultant in 2017.

Sarah was a Power Returner in the Timewise Power 50 list 2018 and her return to work story features in the Comeback Girl Podcast. Sarah's current role involves managing a team and acting as environmental lead on construction projects, whilst working part time and flexibly.

May El Komy
Senior Policy Adviser at the Department for Education

May’s career in the civil service has spanned over 15 years during which she has held a number of high profile analytical, strategy and policy development posts across four government departments. She has worked flexibly for most of this time experimenting with different working patterns to combine her career with being a mum to two energetic sons. May advocates flexible working for the many significant benefits it offers to the business and to the employee.

Having enjoyed a career break full of travelling, running and yoga, May is returning to the Department for Education in the autumn to job-share a senior policy adviser role.

Han-Son Lee
Founder of Daddilife and Planning Director, Proximity London

Han-Son Lee is the founder of  DaddiLife -the UK’s leading platform for Millennial dads, with over 140,000 fathers in the community.

He has led a number of pioneering research projects into the Dad Market, including The Dad Index- the UK’s first piece of research exclusively focussed on millennial dads and their detailed parental role at home. He also led the research on “The Millennial Dad at Work”  - a comprehensive study of the work/life balance issues affecting today's generation of dads at work, in association with Deloitte that has achieved stand out attention in the National and HR press.

Alongside flexible working, he has campaigned extensively for a number of other parental areas including Shared Parental Leave.

He is also a Planning Director at Proximity London, leading on marketing strategy with a number of top tier brands including P&G and Asda.

Louise Deverell-Smith
Founder of The Daisy Chain Platform

Since I started Daisy Chain in 2017, we have gone from strength to strength. But the big issues that many working parents face haven’t gone away.

Before Daisy Chain was created I was working in recruitment, and I saw first-hand how many mums were missing out on great jobs because the employers just weren’t taking their needs into consideration, mostly around childcare. Not only was this unfair, it just didn’t make sense! What if employers were a bit more flexible in their approach towards working parents? Just think of the talent they would retain!

So, after the birth of my daughter, Daisy (and yes, Daisy Chain is named after her!) I decided to take the plunge and launch Daisy Chain. And it’s been quite a ride!

Apart from placing mums and dads with family-friendly employers across a wide range of industries, we have supported events run by Pregnant then Screwed and Mother Pukka (AKA Anna Whitehouse), and I was included on the #ialso f:entrepreneurs Top 100!

But most of all, I have LOVED meeting with all the mums, dads and amazing employers who get what we’re trying to do. We have placed our candidates with the right employers and both parties are really happy with the result.

I want my Daisy to grow up in a world of equal opportunity, where she will look back on the current situation with disbelief. And I am proud beyond belief to be part of a movement that is pushing for a flexible future.

So join us for free, let’s keep daisy chain making!

Ursula Tavender
Founder of Mumbelievable™ and Taking Care of Business

Ursula Tavender is founder of Mumbelievable™ and creator of the Taking Care of Business consultancy, which helps businesses increase support, inclusion, flexibility and progression opportunities to attract and retain a richer, more diverse and talented workforce.

Mumbelievable was founded in 2015 with the mission to change the world of work for parents by helping companies become more flexible, inclusive and close pay gaps. Ursula is building a company that complements the brilliant campaigns for social, societal and business change by challenging and enabling organisations to think and act differently, make bold decisions and lead the way in their sector with impactful change.

Ursula has found a strong sense of purpose in being part of the solutions to support people - regardless of their circumstances or working pattern - to progress at work, increase flexible working opportunities for everyone and strengthen the female talent pipeline. She also participates in a number of influential government groups and regularly writes, speaks, comments and campaigns for business change on the issues of supporting parents at work, flexible working and the gender pay gap.

Karen Brookes
Executive Director of Sir Robert McAlpine

Karen Brookes is Executive Board Director for People and Infrastructure with the building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine. She has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources and business leadership in both the public and private sectors, supporting businesses in the consultancy, nuclear, construction, retail, and sales and marketing industries.

She has led and successfully implemented major business change programmes focussed on creating long term sustainable value through engagement and empowerment of employees and teams aligned to driving business performance.

Karen is passionate about championing inclusion and improving gender parity in construction. She has been a fervent advocate and spokesperson on these topics, talking at high profile industry events such as Women in Construction Summit 2019, The Women’s Leadership Association Annual Conference, Construction News Inspire Me mentoring event.

Sarah-Jane Butler
Founder and CEO of Parental Choice

Parental Choice is the brainchild of Sarah-Jane Butler, a senior finance lawyer with over 10 years’ international legal and commercial experience working within London, Paris, New York and Tokyo, Sarah-Jane retrained as an employment lawyer and set up Parental Choice in 2011 to help parents, such as herself, understand the childcare options available to them and make it work with their careers.

A mother herself, she understands the struggles involved in finding the right balance between work and children. Seeing the issues facing working parents from both an individual and corporate standpoint, Sarah-Jane and her team work together with companies and parents to make sure parents get the most of out of being with their children whilst still being able to work. Companies in turn retain the talent and increase loyalty and commitment within their teams.

Lance Doughty
Executive Vice President of Capgemini

Of Lance’s 40 years in IT, almost 25 have been with Capgemini, and he has held a variety of senior positions across different sectors including Public, Automotive, Retail and Consumer Products. Among his many achievements he has devised the strategy for and grown the UK business’s Digital delivery capability, he also leads employee engagement and active inclusion for his business unit and is leading Capgemini’s Infrastructure business in the Nordics. He does all of this as a part-timer, working alternate weeks to achieve work/life balance.

Lance has four grandchildren, enjoys music (he is regular at Glastonbury festival), and plays tennis every week.

Lynda Thwaite
Director of Marketing and Communications at Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Lynda Thwaite is Director of Marketing and Communications at building and civil engineering company, Sir Robert McAlpine. She has 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the public and private sectors, most recently for technical consultancy services and the construction industry.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Lynda is passionate about exploring the bold and creative ways in which communications and marketing tools can be used to inspire individuals and organisations to success.

In her efforts to disseminate empowering messages about inclusion and diversity, Lynda always puts people at the heart of her strategy to engage audiences and deliver compelling results.

Alex Lambert
Director at The Office for National Statistics

Alex Lambert leads the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) household data collection operation. With a division of 1500 people spread across the country, he is responsible for capturing the information needed to publish official statistics and paint the picture of life in the UK.

A Senior Civil Servant committed to public service, Alex has spent twenty years working across Government focusing on high quality operational delivery and delivering successful transformation. Alex found his time working as a job-share some of the most productive and rewarding in his career and now champions job-sharing across ONS and the wider Civil Service, as part of his broader work promoting the importance of inclusion and diversity.

Dr Karthiga Gengatharan
GP, SSLMCs Medical Director at Croydon CEPN

Dr Karthiga Gengatharan has worked in Croydon as a GP for over 10 years. She is a Medical Director for the Surrey & Sussex Local Medical Committees.

Karthiga developed the Surrey and Sussex LMCs Maternity Coaching Workshops with Peer and Digital Support Networks to support GPs with a successful transition from maternity to the workplace. These multidisciplinary workshops demonstrated a novel approach to increasing confidence, resilience and feeling valued in a cohort at known risk of leaving General Practice.

Her other roles include Clinical Lead for East Croydon Network for Croydon CCG and chair of the Croydon Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) and is training in Coaching and Development.

She has two young children and enjoys baking and HIIT training sessions!

Rob Powell
Head of Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility
Rob Powell is Head of Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility in the London office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, an international law firm. He manages the full breadth of the London office’s award- winning Corporate Responsibility (CR) programme. Rob is also trustee of Special Olympics GB and Heart of the City and on the advisory board of several charities. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons to raise funds for charity; writing, recording and performing music; and recently published his first children’s book. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.
Tom Pepper
Senior Director, Head of Marketing Solutions for LinkedIn UK, Ireland & Israel.

Tom Pepper joined LinkedIn in 2015 and is now Senior Director, Head of Marketing Solutions for LinkedIn UK, Ireland & Israel. Tom is responsible for helping B2B marketers across multiple verticals to identify, target and engage the world’s professionals through the LinkedIn platform.

Before joining LinkedIn, Tom was Managing Director of Vibrant Media – a native advertising platform.

He has two young children and became passionate about striking a better work/life balance after taking six weeks paternity leave after the birth of his second child.

Katy Fridman
Founder of Flexible Working for People Like Me and Frankly Flexible

Graduating with a law degree, Katy started her career in marketing at Centaur Communications and was promoted to Head of Marketing of the legal online division within 5 years. She left to join Microsoft's advertising business, promoting MSN properties to advertisers,where she worked her way up to Acting Director of Trade Marketing for EMEA leading the Marcoms, Digital, Events and Partner Engagement teams through a time of great change.

Katy left Microsoft with a week to spare before the birth of her daughter. Following her maternity leave her role was made redundant and Katy embarked on a new journey using the learnings, training and experience she'd gained, to support smaller businesses in their endeavours to grow.

In February 2018, frustrated by the lack of flexible opportunities available for women like her, Katy set up a Facebook group - Flexible Working for People Like Me supporting people who were passionate and committed to their careers, but needed some flexibility to maintain that elusive work life balance. In just 15 months the group grew to 20k+ members. It has become a powerful platform for people to share their stories and get support from others, as well as a place where real flexible roles are posted every day and through this, the group is changing lives and inspiring others that they too can change theirs. Katy is a strong voice and hugely passionate about driving the flexible working agenda, and has now set up Frankly Flexible, which is looking to break down the barriers of traditional recruitment and help companies access and recruit from this highly capable talent pool.

Carolyn Nevitte
Marketing and HR Operations Director

Carolyn heads up Marketing and HR Operations for People Insight, Employee Experience Consultancy, where she has been since 2009, following over 10 years experience in UK and global marketing roles at GlaxoSmithKline.

Whether its spotting new trends at conferences, visiting clients or analysing market research, Carolyn is all ears to the changes in HR, tech and business and ensuring we develop and offer great problem solving services for our clients as a result.

A passionate believer in agile working, she works flexibly herself and encourages her team to do the same, which might be one of the contributors to a great culture and low employee turnover at People Insight.

Carolyn lives in the Rutland countryside and loves yoga, bootcamp and doing the monkey bars with her two small daughters. She recently met her food hero, Ottolenghi and wishes she had greener fingers.

John Adams
Multi Award-Winning Dad Blogger

John Adams is a multi award-winning dad blogger. He lives near London with his wife Gill and two young daughters, Helen and Izzy. Back in 2011, John gave up his career in PR and communications to become the main carer for his kids, while his wife worked full time and provided financially for the family. 

He started blogging about his experiences soon afterwards. Over the years he has written about everything from birth and childcare to education and preparing for puberty. John’s blogging exploits have taken him all the way to Australia and he has picked up numerous awards along the way. He regularly appears on TV and radio commenting on all manner of family, parenting and lifestyle issues.

Annie Auerbach
Co-Founder of trends agency Starling

Annie Auerbach is a speaker, consultant, author and the co-founder of trends agency Starling. Her book “FLEX: The Modern Woman’s Handbook” is a revolutionary guide to living and working on your own terms, published by Harper Collins and featured in The Sunday Times Style, Stella, Stylist, Grazia, The Sun and The FT.

With 15 years of experience in brand strategy and insight, she co-founded Starling, a trends agency which specialises in helping brands understand cultural change in order to stay relevant. She has worked flexibly for 20 years in many different guises – part-time, remote working, freelancing, through a portfolio career and returning to work after having her two daughters. Annie is also proud to be named a 2019 Timewise Power Founder.

Heather DeLand
Executive Creative Director at talent solutions business TMP

Heather DeLand is Executive Creative Director at talent solutions business TMP, where she leads the Communications Solutions team. She has campaigned for inclusion for over 20 years, and has appeared on panels for KPMG Inclusion Week (chaired by the BBC) and Indeed Interactive and has spoken at the Recruitment Conference 2018 as well as giving talks on creating inclusion through flexible working. She blogs on the subject of creating positive, inclusive workspaces as well as engaging employer brands.

Heather is also a mentor for She Says, a creative network dedicated to keeping and promoting women in the creative industries, where they are vastly underrepresented in leadership.  Heather’s daughter Finch is now 3 years old, and she works full-time at TMP. This would not have been possible with the support of her partner in full-time parenting, so she works to raise awareness of the difficulties of making shared parental policy work in practice, and urges employers to consider how they can better support families – and get better talent as a result.

Jackie Simpson
Managing Director, Cistor

Jackie began her career in IT as a Management Accountant with a background in Business studies. She built a successful career in telecoms working her way through finance and change & transformation roles within Cable and Wireless before taking a career break in 2012 to focus on her family. Jackie ran “Simpson HQ” for over 5 years before she found herself wishing to return to the workplace. She used her former network of contacts to find a way back in and is now MD of Cistor working flexibly to manage her business and home life commitments.

Belinda Lester
Founder of Lionshead Law

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1999 Belinda has worked exclusively in the area of employment law and is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.  She has frequently been commended by her clients for being clear, concise, practical and solution focused whilst at the same time being empathetic and supportive.

Although she has expertise in all areas of employment law, whether that be in relation to contentious matters or simply advising or drafting, she has a real passion for dispute resolution and her background in psychology, which she studied at university before converting to law, helps her in this area.

Belinda is the author of two books, “Business Development for Women Lawyers” and “Career Development for Women Lawyers” both published by the ARK Group. She was also a Finalist in the Spark21/Legal Week Inspirational Women in Law Awards in the category “Solicitor of the Year” in 2018.

Angelika Cullen
Founder and Creative Director at Fornessi

Before starting my own business, Angelika worked in education for six years. Returning to flexible working after having two children wasn’t an option as her employer was looking for full-time commitment. It was a really difficult decision to leave the profession that she loved and trained to go into for many years, but equally Angelika wasn’t prepared to leave her two small children in a full- time nursery and pay near enough her entire salary for their childcare. 

At around the same time as Angelika was looking into the very limited options of possible careers that offered flexible working, came the inspiration for her business. This new project gave her the opportunity to grow and learn something new and most importantly she was now able to do it all the while making the most of the time with her family.

Angelika’s experience with the lack of flexible working in the public sector has however left her with a feeling of injustice and anger at the lack of understanding from employers around carers’ issues. It is now something that she feels very passionately about, which is why she is delighted to share her story and support this drive for change towards offering carers more flexible working options.

Vanessa Lovatt
B2B Digital Media Expert and Founder at Time 4 Equality

Vanessa Lovatt founded Time 4 Equality to encourage more male leaders to share their thoughts and opinions on why driving gender equality in the workplace is vital to the future of work. Combined with strong female leadership voices, these powerful stories are encouraging more men and women to think about the story they are writing in their own business and how they can succeed in driving gender equality in the modern workplace. She is always keen to hear powerful stories of equality: hello@time4equality.co.uk.

Vanessa also work in the B2B Media sector specialising in commercial conferencing, digital community building and content creation and syndication. At present she is the MD of Corinium Digital which is a full time remote and flexible working company for all employees globally. During her career she has become competent in a significant range of subject matters including digital transformation, machine learning and robotics, outsourcing, customer experience and process excellence. Vanessa is also an Accredited Customer Experience ProfessionalTM and holds a BSc Physiology from the University of Bristol.

Kate Mansfield
Relationship Director at Women Returners

Kate is the Coaching & Relationship Director with Women Returners and has specialised in working with women returners since 2013. A former Executive Recruiter with 2 young children, she took a career break following the birth of her first child, and took the chance to re-train, inspired by her long-term passion for careers. She is particularly passionate about challenging individual and organisational beliefs that it is not possible to return to a fulfilling career after a break. Kate is an accredited Career Coach with an MSc in Organisational Behaviour and a Postgraduate Diploma in Career & Talent Management. Kate coaches individual returners in group workshops and on a one to one basis.

Lucinda Quigley
Working Parents and Women’s Leadership Coach, Talking Talent

As a coach, entrepreneur and Mum of two children, Lucinda is well positioned to support our conversation on making the return to work, work for you. In the last 18 years Lucinda has transitioned from her role in the corporate world as a Sales Director, through two maternity leaves, to re-training and then starting her own business. The culmination of this varied experience was landing her dream job as an Executive Coach for Talking Talent where she works three days a week coaching Working Parents to help them thrive in their new found role.

Talking Talent is a niche, award winning global coaching consultancy leading the gender diversity agenda. They work with clients to unlock the potential within their business and make company- wide behaviour shifts that accelerate business performance.

Ian Dinwiddy
Founder and Director at Inspiring Dads

Ian has 10 years’ experience working as a Management Consultant specialising in Operational Change and has worked with major retailers such as Tesco, Sainsburys and B&Q, and food manufacturers including Uniq, United Biscuits and Samworth Brothers.

After gaining a coaching qualification and becoming a ‘school run dad’ he went on to found Inspiring Dads, a coaching and mentoring business that specialises in helping men to find their own path to ‘Be a Great Dad AND Have a Great Career.’

Ian is a contributor to Workingdads.co.uk, Daddyjobs.co.uk and the Talent Keeper Specialists’ Comeback Community™ platform. He is also a mentor on the DaddiLife co-sponsored #DadConnect pilot programme.

He is married to Lisa, a city-based funds lawyer and they have two primary school aged children. He spent seven years combining freelance work with being a primary carer to the children and beyond work and family he umpires at the highest levels of domestic field hockey in England. Clarity of thought and the ability to manage conflict are valuable skills there!

Jessica Rogers
Business and Executive Coach

Jessica is an experienced, CTI-certified coach and mentor, with a diverse range of clients that includes start up entrepreneurs, established entrepreneurs scaling up business, executives in transition and youth striving for educational and career support. She combines practical business savvy with deep coaching skills and a safe space to explore possibilities, to help her clients be bolder, braver and successful in life.

She is passionate about helping people find their voice to do work which positively impacts their community and society as a whole and to do this work in a way that brings joy to their lives.

Advisory Board

But don’t just take our word for it…

Our Advisory Board of hugely talented and experienced ‘flexperts’ work closely with us to ensure that our event content, speakers and focus is current, topical and relevant. So that you are supported, informed, and, hopefully, inspired to attain your perfect work/life balance…whatever that means for you.




Click Advisory Board members to view their Bios
Brian Ballantyne
Senior Program Manager – Inclusion and Diversity at Amazon and Author of “Confessions of a Working Father”

Brian is a working father of two and a champion for change. He drives diversity and inclusion at Amazon in Europe. He recently took a three-month sabbatical with his wife and kids to Malaysia and India. He has also published a book aptly titled “Confessions of a Working Father” (which the Flexpo team highly recommends!)

Juliet Turnbull
Founder and CEO 2to3days – Advancing Women’s Equality through the Power of Flexible Working

2to3days is the UK’s only online community dedicated to advancing women’s equality in the workplace through the power of flexible working. Our community or the ‘2to3days Hood’ as it is affectionately called has a life force of its own. We are a supportive community which puts the needs of women, companies and families at the heart of working life. Our women are united by a shared mission to change the working landscape for themselves and for future generations. Our companies – from brand leaders to buzzing start-ups – champion the virtues of flexible working and the contribution make to the profitability and culture of their business.

When the two worlds come together, the results are game changing, with benefits seen in the office and the home, in the economy and in society. Prior to launching 2to3days Juliet spent 12 successful years as a chartered surveyor, worked as a high-end entrepreneurial coach for 8 years as well as chairing Macmillan’s largest fundraising event in London, raising £650,000. She is also a mother and knows what it is like to be torn between wanting a thriving career and being there for her family.

Juliet is well known for being a driving force, bringing her passion and energy to any situation to make things happen. She is an intelligent thinker and an expert communicator who encourages, inspires and moves people into action.

Ursula Tavender
Founder of Mumbelievable™ and Taking Care of Business

Ursula Tavender is founder of Mumbelievable™ and creator of the Taking Care of Business consultancy, which helps businesses increase support, inclusion, flexibility and progression opportunities to attract and retain a richer, more diverse and talented workforce.

Mumbelievable was founded in 2015 with the mission to change the world of work for parents by helping companies become more flexible, inclusive and close pay gaps. Ursula is building a company that complements the brilliant campaigns for social, societal and business change by challenging and enabling organisations to think and act differently, make bold decisions and lead the way in their sector with impactful change.

Ursula has found a strong sense of purpose in being part of the solutions to support people - regardless of their circumstances or working pattern - to progress at work, increase flexible working opportunities for everyone and strengthen the female talent pipeline. She also participates in a number of influential government groups and regularly writes, speaks, comments and campaigns for business change on the issues of supporting parents at work, flexible working and the gender pay gap.

Rob Powell
Head of Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility
Rob Powell is Head of Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility in the London office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, an international law firm. He manages the full breadth of the London office’s award- winning Corporate Responsibility (CR) programme. Rob is also trustee of Special Olympics GB and Heart of the City and on the advisory board of several charities. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons to raise funds for charity; writing, recording and performing music; and recently published his first children’s book. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.
Katy Fridman
Founder of Flexible Working for People Like Me and Frankly Flexible

Graduating with a law degree, Katy started her career in marketing at Centaur Communications and was promoted to Head of Marketing of the legal online division within 5 years. She left to join Microsoft's advertising business, promoting MSN properties to advertisers,where she worked her way up to Acting Director of Trade Marketing for EMEA leading the Marcoms, Digital, Events and Partner Engagement teams through a time of great change.

Katy left Microsoft with a week to spare before the birth of her daughter. Following her maternity leave her role was made redundant and Katy embarked on a new journey using the learnings, training and experience she'd gained, to support smaller businesses in their endeavours to grow.

In February 2018, frustrated by the lack of flexible opportunities available for women like her, Katy set up a Facebook group - Flexible Working for People Like Me supporting people who were passionate and committed to their careers, but needed some flexibility to maintain that elusive work life balance. In just 15 months the group grew to 20k+ members. It has become a powerful platform for people to share their stories and get support from others, as well as a place where real flexible roles are posted every day and through this, the group is changing lives and inspiring others that they too can change theirs. Katy is a strong voice and hugely passionate about driving the flexible working agenda, and has now set up Frankly Flexible, which is looking to break down the barriers of traditional recruitment and help companies access and recruit from this highly capable talent pool.

Heather DeLand
Executive Creative Director at talent solutions business TMP

Heather DeLand is Executive Creative Director at talent solutions business TMP, where she leads the Communications Solutions team. She has campaigned for inclusion for over 20 years, and has appeared on panels for KPMG Inclusion Week (chaired by the BBC) and Indeed Interactive and has spoken at the Recruitment Conference 2018 as well as giving talks on creating inclusion through flexible working. She blogs on the subject of creating positive, inclusive workspaces as well as engaging employer brands.

Heather is also a mentor for She Says, a creative network dedicated to keeping and promoting women in the creative industries, where they are vastly underrepresented in leadership.  Heather’s daughter Finch is now 3 years old, and she works full-time at TMP. This would not have been possible with the support of her partner in full-time parenting, so she works to raise awareness of the difficulties of making shared parental policy work in practice, and urges employers to consider how they can better support families – and get better talent as a result.

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