The workforce in the UK is changing. By 2020 1 in 3 workers will be over 50, and by 2030 half of all adults in the UK will be over 50.
Understanding the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population is vital if we want to create productive, innovative and inclusive multi-generational teams as we all lead longer working lives.
workingwise.co.uk is a job and community site specially focused on older workers looking for flexibility and improved work-life balance, and the employers who recognise what they have to offer.
More than 10 years ago the first website in our portfolio, workingmums.co.uk, was founded by senior communications manager Gillian Nissim in 2006 after the birth of her second child. She found herself and many of her friends in a similar position, needing flexible yet challenging work, but not being able to find it. She decided to bridge the gap between those employers who were able to offer flexibility, whether that was full-time work with flexi hours or some homeworking or part-time work or any other form of flexible working, and parents who were seeking flexible positions.
Since then it the business has grown significantly, alongside a shift in how families manage home and working life – and the changing challenges organisations face in retaining and recruiting new talent.
More than ever there is a focus towards enabling dads to be more involved with parenting by supporting them in finding flexible jobs, as well as encouraging more fathers to take Shared Parental Leave and other schemes. workingdads.co.uk was launched in early 2019 to cater for this.
Since flexible working is becoming the new norm for everyone, workingwise.co.uk of course also welcomes all flexible job seekers regardless of their age, gender or circumstances – we welcome everyone to apply for a more flexible way of working.
Gillian Nissim – Founder
A former Senior Communications Executive, Gillian has worked at a number of different organisations with very different cultures and attitudes towards family friendly working policies. After the birth of her second child she decided to set up her own company to cater for the businesses who did appreciate the vast experience and high calibre of professionals who had become mums, and wanted to find challenging and interesting jobs that offered more flexibility than traditional office-based Monday- Friday, 9-5 jobs. A graduate of Birmingham University, Gillian lives with her husband and two boys in North London.
Katie Ward, Sales Director
Katie has been with workingmums.co.uk since 2009 and continually strives to develop our commercial offering and product development within our workingmums.co.uk portfolio; some of which include our Top Employer platform, Top employer Awards, networking and best practice events, roundtables, returner programmes, best practice reports and whitepapers and our Dads offering. Katie is also responsible for managing our fantastic sales team!
Katie has over 20 years experience in business development working with a variety of organisations within the public and private sectors across a range of different industries. Some of these include Banking Insurance and Finance, Technology, Retail, Engineering and Construction, Accountancy, FMCG and Rail. Katie lives in South London with her husband and two daughters.
Hazel Elms, Key Account Manager
Hazel has over 10 years experience in account management and business development within service industries including events and hospitality, and has worked with corporate clients in a variety of sectors including banking and finance, construction and engineering, retail, automotive, entertainment and sport. She joined workingmums in June 2017, and has a son and a daughter.
Kelly Parris, New Business Sales Manager
Kelly has 15 years experience in account management and business development within the media and technology industries. She has worked with a wide range of SME clients across sectors including travel, finance, retail, property and automotive. She joined workingmums in February 2016, and has 2 daughters. In her spare time Kelly enjoys supporting her beloved Watford FC.
Amber Reid, Key Account Manager
Amber has been a Senior Account Manager for over ten years, working in various industries including recruitment, data, eCommerce, travel and ticketing. She joined workingmums in 2018 and is passionate about helping organisations develop a more agile workforce and achieve their diversity goals. Her hobbies include horse riding and gardening and she lives in West Sussex with her daughter, son and husband.
Helen Mcgregor, Account Manager
Helen has over 12 years media sales experience as an Account Manager and Sales Manager for titles such as The Daily Telegraph and OK magazine. Responsible for a wide and varied number of clients from the Telecommunications, Financial, Motor, Beauty and Travel industry she enjoyed the fast pace and challenges of daily deadlines!
Keen to start a family Helen decided to retrain and set up her own business and enjoyed the benefits of a more flexible approach to work. Helen joined workingmums in April 2019 and lives in Epping, Essex with her Husband and daughter.
Mariam Curzon, Key Account Manager
Mariam has 10 years experience as a teacher in secondary, primary schools and abroad and another 10 years experience in Advertising at The Guardian working specifically within the Recruitment, Arts and Entertainment and Charity sectors. She is passionate about championing flexible working and diversity in the workplace and started her role at workingmums.co.uk in Autumn 2019. She lives with her husband and sons in Essex.
Lauren Bush, Senior Recruitment Consultant
With a wealth of experience in IT and Technology Recruitment, Lauren manages the contract desk for wmrecruit. Specialising in the Digital Sector Lauren works with organisations who are looking for flexible, mid-senior level talent.
Rai Atwal, Candidate Manager
Rai joined the company as the Candidate Manager in February 2019. Rai has over 10 years recruitment experience, specialising in Financial Services within Business Change Management. She is a mum of two and enjoys the flexibility wmrecruit offers her, allowing her to work around family commitments.
Jonathan Sumner, Digital Director
Jonathan previously worked in the sports management industry, working on broadcasting and advertising analysis for the ATP and PGA tour.
He subsequently moved to Vitesse Media Plc (now Bonhill Group plc) where he undertook various roles before becoming a board level director and Managing Director of digital media, building out the Company’s digital portfolio from a single website to over six core digital brands.
In 2016, Jonathan stepped down as an executive director at Vitesse Media Plc and formed his own media and consultancy company. During this time he provided ongoing consultancy services to both Bonhill Group and Working Mums Ltd and has been instrumental in the further development of Bonhill’s digital portfolio and product lines, as well as the relaunch of workingmums.co.uk & workingdads.co.uk website’s, whilst building on the Company’s future digital strategy.
Annika Williams, Marketing Manager
Annika joined workingmums in 2007 after spending nine years as the marketing manager at a publicly quoted Media and Events company. A marketing masters graduate from Bedfordshire University and Leeds University Business School, Annika has two daughters, and lives and works in Bedfordshire.
Arline Okin, Marketing Manager
A Chartered Marketer, Arline has over ten years experience working across the marketing mix, in both the public and private sector. Arline has two children and works from home.
Sarah Shotliff, Sales & Marketing Assistant
Sarah joined workingmums in 2017 after having her 2nd child. Sarah has extensive experience as a Personal Assistant/Administrator and has previously worked in the media, property and hospitality industries. Sarah lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and 2 children.
Claire Small, Sales & Marketing Assistant
Claire joined the workingmums team in 2018. She has worked in the administration and customer service fields since 2003, with her most recent experience being an Administrator and Receptionist within the NHS.
Mandy Garner, Editor – workingmums.co.uk & workingwise.co.uk
Before workingmums, Mandy was features editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement for nearly eight years and currently divides her time between editing for workingmums, and acting as the press officer for a higher education institution. She has four children and lives in Essex.
James Millar, Editor – workingdads.co.uk
James has over 20 years experience in journalism including five years as Westminster correspondent for The Sunday Post. He’s co-authored two books – The Gender Agenda (JKP 2017) and Dads Don’t Babysit (Ortus Press 2018) and written extensively on the issues of gender and fatherhood. He combines his work on workingdads.co.uk with freelance writing, podcasting and punditry. He lives in London with his partner and two children.
Yvonne Lim, Financial Controller
A Qualified Accountant, Yvonne has worked in a number of organisations from owner managed businesses to large blue chip PLCs, with experience working in the public healthcare sector and private retail and media sectors. Yvonne is based in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two children.
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