SPEAKERS

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.

Brian Ballantyne

Brian Ballantyne, Senior Program Manager – Inclusion and Diversity at Amazon

Brian is a working father of two and a champion for change. He drives diversity and inclusion for Amazon’s International Technology teams. 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”.

Han-Son Lee

Founder of DaddiLife

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.

Harriet Barr

Data Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Harriet is a Data Consultant at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, where she has worked for 13 years. Over that time Harriet has worked in a variety of technical and consulting roles including Technical Researcher, Data Scientist and Business Analyst for clients in the UK and the USA.

As a Senior Manager in Data Consulting Harriet now focuses on data strategy and analytics governance projects in the Public Sector, as well as managing and mentoring junior consultants. Harriet has two young children and has worked part-time hours for the last 4 years in order to balance her career and her family.

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.

Rob Stephenson

Founder of the InsideOut LeaderBoard             

Rob Stephenson is an international keynote speaker, campaigner and consultant who is on a mission to help create happier, healthier and higher performing workplaces. He experiences bipolar disorder personally.

Rob is the founder of Inside-Out.org, a social enterprise with the mission of smashing the stigma of mental ill-health in the workplace by showcasing senior leader role models with lived experiences of mental ill-health. This is done by virtue of a published annual list – The InsideOut LeaderBoard.

Rob is also working on a technology platform to help all employees authentically answer the question “How are you today?” – reflecting on what is driving their mental health and supporting those around them.

In his keynote talks, Rob inspires audiences to think differently about mental health and wellbeing. Sharing his personal story to send a strong message that it really is OK to talk about mental ill-health; inspiring Boards and senior leadership teams to treat wellbeing as a strategic priority and helping employees to take personal accountability for their mental health. See this video clip.

Ursula Tavender

Founder, speaker, blogger and activist

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.

Angelika Cullen

Founder and Creative Director of Fornessi

Before starting her 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.

Kathryn Jump

Partner at Shoosmiths

Kathryn is a partner and joint-head of Shoosmiths’ National Planning and Environment team. An experienced planning lawyer, she acts on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including highways matters and compulsory purchase work, drafting and negotiating complex legal agreements and high court work. Kathryn has advised on projects spanning the length and breadth of the UK, for clients including Peel Holdings, United Utilities, Tesco and the Co-operative Group.

Kathryn joined Shoosmiths in 2013, having previously worked at Eversheds, DWF and Semple Fraser. She also spent 6 years working in-house for Preston and then St Helens Councils – a mix of public and private experience that clients find invaluable, as it provides empathy, insights and scope for innovation for projects at the public/private interface.

She is a Legal Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Member of the RTPI’s National Planning Policy Group. Kathryn is identified as a Leading Individual for Planning legal work in the 2020 editions of both Legal 500 and Chambers UK, where clients comment that “she is very organised, energetic and responsive to client needs,” as well as “a pleasure to work with.” She was named as a Women of Influence by Planner Magazine in 2019 and, along with her job-share partner, was identified in The Telegraph’s Power 50 list, an award that acknowledges long-standing and successful flexible working arrangements.

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 where she worked her way up to Acting Director of Trade Marketing for EMEA.

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.

In 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. In just 15 months the group grew to 20k+ members.

Katy is 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.

Natasha Oppenheim

CEO of No Desire to Retire

Natasha is the CEO of No Desire To Retire, the UK’s largest jobs board for the over 50s. She is an established commentator on the future of the workplace as requiring a multi-generational solution. In recognition of her work Natasha was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation in the Future of Work.

Nicki Seignot

Founder of The Parent Mentor

Nicki Seignot is an established coach, mentor and author of Mentoring New Parents at Work – a practical guide for businesses and organisations (published by Routledge 2016). She is the lead consultant and founder of The Parent Mentor, a specialist consultancy that works with a wide range of employers to offer support for employees as they combine work and parenting for the first time.  It’s part of a long-term strategy of developing and retaining talent, bridging the gap between policy and experience.

A passionate and informed speaker, Nicki has a track record of sharing ideas and best practice. She is a Member of the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Work and has spoken at leading industry events such as the Retail Network and Employer Forum and the EMCC International Conference.

Antje Budge

Design Coordinator, Balfour Beatty

Antje is an incorporated civil engineer. After school in Germany she completed an apprenticeship, before attending university in England to gain a BSC in civil engineering. Her career began with AMEC plc, working as a site engineer on a variety of infrastructure projects, including the M6 Toll and A1M Darrington to Dishforth.

After a career break of nine years to bring up her family, she returned to work joining the inaugural Balfour Beatty Returners Programme in 2017. Her role as a design coordinator utilises her skills gained on site whilst giving enough flexibility to combine work and family life. She is currently working towards becoming a chartered civil engineer.

Antje was featured in the  WES Top 50 Women in Engineering list in 2018. Her return to work story features  in a variety of publications, including Red Magazine online, www.engineersjournal.ie, a blog by the Institution of Civil Engineers about returning to the industry and an article in the Sunday Telegraph.

Carina White

Head of Branding and Marketing at Dope Black Mums

Carina is Head of Business & Brand Partnerships, Head of Operations for the Best Of Africa Awards, BCOMS (The Black Collective of Media in Sport) Board Member, School Governor and Dope Black Mums Podcaster.

Carina is an accomplished public and panel speaker and has spoken at events for companies such as UKTV, Football Writers Association and Google.

Carina started her career in football over ten years ago when she worked at a football agency. She was responsible for player contract negotiation, player PR, crisis management and media training for clients.

Carina went on to join Tongue Tied Media, a sports management and production company from media agency MediaCom, and brought with her a wealth of experience in Media, Advertising and Marketing, Event Management and PR.

Carina was nominated for a We Are The City Rising Star Award in Feb 2020 and was listed by the Voice Newspaper as one to watch for 2020 following a successful 2019 which saw her co-launch the Dope Black Mums initiative which provides a safe space for Black Mums and campaigns on their behalf. BCOMS also launched their initiative with the Mayor of London’s office which aimed to improve the diversity of the sports media.

Joy Foster

Founder and Managing Director of TechPixies

Joy Foster is an award winning serial social entrepreneur. Her third and most scalable enterprise, TechPixies, helps women across the UK and beyond learn how to leverage social media in order to take control of their futures. Her work has been recognized by the Institute of Directors who named her the 2018 Startup Director of the year for London and the South. TechPixies also won the Women in Business Startup of the Year Award in 2018 and the Enterprise Nation Female Startup of the Year Award in 2017.

Joy recently closed on a £150,000 investment round in order to improve the TechPixies offering by being able to invest in a new online learning platform, CPD Certification and the expansion of the TechPixies team. The investment round closed during International Women’s Week while Joy was at 10 Downing Street at a special reception for the 100 of the UKs top female entrepreneurs.

Joy is an award winning entrepreneur who helps women upskill with modern technology in order to return to work, change careers or start a business. Most recently she was named as one of the 100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy by Grant Thornton and in 2018, she was named IoD Startup Director of the Year for London and the South. Her business, TechPixies was named Women in Business Startup of the Year 2018 and Enterprise Nation Female Startup of the Year 2017. Joy and her company have recently been profiled in Forbes for raising £150,000 and Stella for breaking down barriers for women wanting to re-ignite their careers and in April 2019, TechNation has named TechPixies ‘one to watch’ in the EdTech space.

Juliet Turnbull

Founder and CEO of 2to3days

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.

Natasha Oppenheim

CEO of No Desire To Retire

Natasha is the CEO of No Desire To Retire, the UK’s largest jobs board for the over 50s. She is an established commentator on the future of the workplace as requiring a multi-generational solution. In recognition of her work Natasha was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation in the Future of Work.

Lucy Tarrant

Managing Director of Cognitive Law

Lucy is the managing director of Cognitive Law. She has over 20 years of financial and contractual dispute resolution experience, 17 of those years as a qualified Solicitor.  Lucy has worked both in private practice as a litigation partner, employment solicitor and as in-house counsel.

Lucy’s career has been one of firsts. The beginning of her career set the tone when she became the first ever trainee solicitor at Lloyds TSB Bank plc having put together a proposal of how to structure a training contract. That also rewarded her with sponsorship by the Bank to complete the LPC at the College of Law.

Another first was Lucy’s appointment as the first in-house lawyer at the G2 Group, affording her a unique insight into the recruitment industry and invaluable hands-on experience.

Lucy’s latest first has been setting up Cognitive Law as an ABS, to re-think the delivery of legal services to corporate clients. Born out of a need for change, Cognitive Law gives solicitors the ability to work completely flexibly. All solicitors in the consultancy manage their own time and clients. They all work when, where and how they like, ensuring a true work life balance can be achieved.   

Karen Brookes

Exec Director of People and Infrastructure at Sir Robert McAlpine

Karen is an Executive Director with over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources in both the public and private sectors, supporting businesses in the consultancy, construction, retail and sales + marketing industries.

She has led and successfully implemented major business change programmes focused on creating long term sustainable value through engagement and empowerment of employees and teams.

Deploying teams in some unusual, diverse and hazardous locations across the globe, she has gained invaluable experience in ensuring their safety and security in such locations as Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and Nigeria, whilst ensuring project delivery for the client.

Karen is currently working as a Board Director with the construction company Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, responsible for People and Infrastructure, including People, Property & Facilities and Marketing & Communications.

Geraldine Lewis

PMO Lead at Capgemini

I joined Capgemini on a 6-month placement.  I now have a permanent role as a Project Management Office (PMO) Lead at a large Public Sector client.  I’ve got a good, busy role with plenty of variety and opportunities to keep growing and developing. I’m happy to be working as part of a team delivering innovative IT solutions.

Capgemini promote a work-life balance offering flexible working options, I can choose to work from home 2 days a week and to be on client premises 3 days a week.  Capgemini support and encourage training and job enhancement for career development and growth.