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Create the flexible workplace of the future, today
Inspiration, insight, advice, guidance
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About Me


Policy expert and thought leader

Creative and innovative thinker

Practical and insightful corporate partner

Compelling communicator

For over 25 years I have shaped family-friendly policy, legislation and public attitudes.

As CEO of the work-life charity Working Families until September 2018,  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.  I established the agenda-setting Modern Families Index with Bright Horizons.  I have enabled many organisations truly to engage and support all their staff, including those disadvantaged by their caring responsibilities.  I am expert in workplace discrimination, its impact and solutions; and in flexible working policy, best practice and its limitations.   My work in productive partnership with employers creates true culture change.

I am a compelling communicator, making the case to the Board or senior team; to staff and parent networks; to corporate clients.  I am an accomplished and engaging chair and speaker at events of all sizes, as well as an experienced media commentator and political lobbyist.

I am an innovator around the UK’s work-life challenges.  My fresh thinking included the creation of Go Home On Time Day, the Happy to Talk Flexible Working recruitment initiative, and kick-started flexible change in Scotland when I co-founded the Family Friendly Working Scotland campaign.

I was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University School of Management in 2019; awarded an OBE for services to quality of life issues in 2007, and have twice been recognised as a Top 30 HR Influencer by HR Magazine.




Visiting Professor, Cranfield University School of Management

Chair, Parents and Carers in Performing Arts

Deputy Chair, Commonweal Housing

Trustee, Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


Working Families 1994 - 2018: CEO

Insuring Women's Futures Flexible Working workstream 2018/19, Chartered Insurance Institute: Deputy Chair


Flexible Working Taskforce 2018, convened by the Business Department in response to the Prime Minister’s call in 2017 for all jobs to be advertised flexibly: member.

Fawcett Society Sex Discrimination Law Review commission 2017-18, chaired by Dame Laura Cox QC: member.

Private Sector Employers Working Group on Flexible Working 2011-13, convened by the then Equalities Minister Maria Miller MP: Chair.

Family Friendly Working Hours Taskforce 2009-10, set up by Yvette Cooper MP, then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: member


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