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.
About WM People Ltd
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.
Flexibility for all
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.
Meet the team
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 WM People 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 WM People 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 WM People in February 2016, and has 2 daughters. In her spare time Kelly enjoys supporting her beloved Watford FC.
Marketing, Digital & Events
Annika Williams, Digital Marketing
Annika joined WM People 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 WM People 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 WM People 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.
Editorial & Research
Mandy Garner, Editor - workingmums.co.uk & workingwise.co.uk Before WM People, Mandy was features editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement for nearly eight years and currently divides her time between editing for WM People websites, 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.
Modern Slavery Statement
Our business, WM People Ltd, is committed to combating slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains, and we make this statement to assist with compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement relates to the financial year ending February 2021. Click here to download the full statement.
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