The Working Mums Club
Get the career advice and insider tips on how to really get a work/life balance with our inspirational panel. Starting now, we’re supporting working mums with a dedicated Working Mums Club for Mother&Baby readers.
Feel unsupported at work? We hear you. Struggling to balance career and family? We’ve got the information you need. As part of this, we’ve recruited some of the most inspirational working mums we’ve ever met to create a unique panel, who will offer advice, share their own experiences and support you with the joint pressures of bringing up a family and moving up the career ladder.
Over the coming year, we’ll bring you expert features, Facebook chats, web-based seminars, events and more, covering all the issues that matter to you. Look out for details here and in Mother&Baby – and check out our Mama-festo for our pledges to you. Now, we hand it over to the experts you need to meet.
Gaby Roslin TV presenterMum of two Gaby is an authority of live television and one of the country's most popular television presenters. She’s had a long, successful career as a presenter and broadcaster, fronting a range of programmes both entertainment and factual.
Clare Hopkins, co-founder of Balance MeClare co-founded natural British beauty brand Balance Me in 2005 with her sister Rebecca, challenging what natural beauty stands for by creating a range that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago – sophisticated textures, exquisite active aromas and award-winning results at affordable prices. The brand has enjoyed significant growth in the last two years thanks to the launch of Balance Me skincare. Clare lives in north London with her partner and two children.
Rebecca Hopkins, co-founder of Balance MeRebecca founded award-winning natural British beauty brand Balance Me in 2005 with sister Clare. Rebecca previously headed up the communications team of luxury brands including Giorgio Armani beauty and Lancôme at L’Oréal UK, before retraining as a reflexologist. Rebecca lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of Mr & Mrs SmithTamara is Chief Technology Officer of luxury travel websites Mr & Mrs Smith and Smith&Family, which she co-founded with her husband. Combining travel expertise with technological knowledge, Tamara has been the architect behind the development of Mr & Mrs Smith’s e-commerce websites and has two children.
Fiona Walker ,authorFiona is the author of 13 bestselling novels – most recently The Summer Wedding (£7.99, Sphere). Dubbed ‘The Jilly Cooper of the Cosmo Generation’, she trained in theatre arts and worked briefly in advertising before becoming a bestselling novelist in her 20s, injecting her wicked sense of humour into the intrepid heroines of her books. She lives with her partner and two young daughters in rural Worcestershire.
Karen Gill MBE, co-founder of Everywoman business networkKaren is the co-founder of Everywoman, the UK’s largest network for women in business, which was founded in 1999 to address the lack of resources available for working women. Karen is constantly striving for greater representation of women in the workplace, and has a teenage son.
Jessica Chivers, employment coachJessica is on a mission to iron out the issues that stop women taking up positions theyʼre capable of. Sheʼs the founder of employment coaching company The Talent Keeper Specialists and author of Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work (Hay House, 2011). Jessica is a member of the British Psychological Society and is referred to in the media as ʻthe thinking womanʼs coach.ʼ
Sali Hughes , journalistSali is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, author, Guardian columnist and founder of salihughesbeauty.com. She contributes regularly to the media, including Grazia, The Observer, BBC Radio 4, Radio 2 and 5Live, and frequently appears on ITV's This Morning and Daybreak talking about current affairs, women's issues, style and celebrity. She has two sons and lives in Brighton
Wendy Hallett MBE, owner of Hallett Retail Services LtdWendy spent 13 years working in management roles at Philip Green's retail giant Arcadia, which includes M&B faves Topshop and Dorothy Perkins. In 2011, she was named the overall winner of the NatWest everywoman Awards, and is also a founder of the everywoman Modern Muse initiative, which aims to engage the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs by showcasing successful women in all walks of business life. She has a daughter, 18, and a son, 15.
Nicola de Burlet , head of PR at Kenneth Green AssociatesHead of PR at Kenneth Green Associates, Nicola’s love of fashion and beauty has led to a successful career in the world of luxury PR. For nearly 20 years, Nicola has worked with some of the world’s most famous brands including Chanel, Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Givenchy. She’s married with one son and two stepsons, and lives in Surrey.
Tracey Woodward , commercial director for Urban RetreatAs the commercial director for beauty brand Urban Retreat Ltd, Tracey has a knack for nurturing businesses and careers. After 25 years, she still wakes up and wants to go to work every morning, thinking the world of her husband and children but believing her job makes her complete.
Donna Air, TV presenterDonna successfully divides her career between acting and presenting, as well as fashion styling. She’s also collaborated with designer Markus Lupfer to create a children’s wear collection for Debenhams. Aside from film and television, Donna is passionate about all things green and works closely with the Soil Association. She's continuously exploring areas of health, beauty and fashion and has a nine-year-old daughter.
Claire Irvin, Editor-In-Chief of Mother&Baby magazineClaire successfully juggles being a mum-of-two to Amelie Rose and Charley, with heading up the UK's no. 1 pregnancy, baby and toddler magazine. She's passionate about providing expert advice and guidance to help you bring up your baby in the way you want to. She recognises that while your priorities change as a mum, your personal preferences, likes, dislikes and ambitions don't. She believes that with more mums juggling working life with a baby, they need as much support as possible, which is why she's so pleased to be heading up our Working Mums Panel.
Amanda Seabrook , founder of WorkpondAmanda Seabrook founded Workpond in 2011, which helps businesses source experienced professionals who want to work flexibly. Before having children, Amanda worked as an Investment analyst for a fund management company in Australia. She now lives in Farnham with her husband and three children.
Amanda Scacchetti, Product Design and Development Director at Mamas & PapasAmanda’s birth inspired a company that has become an international success. Mamas & Papas was founded by her mother, Luisa, as she sought inspiration from her homeland, bringing Italian style to 1980s baby wear. □Amanda now has a central role in the business as Product Design and Development Director. Her key objective is to create innovative products for parents that will be loved by parents and babies. And she knows only too well what the average mum is looking for, as she's a mother herself, to 5-year-old daughter Milla and 2-year-old son Arlo.
Olivia Robinson, Creative, Brand & Marketing Director at Mamas & PapasOlivia is the youngest daughter of David and Luisa, the founders of Mamas & Papas. Living and breathing the brand while juggling a busy family life, Olivia has 2 young children but still manages to deliver on brand, creative collateral while managing a team of over 30 people.
Olivia worked her way up through the Mamas & Papas business, beginning in store to gain a clear understanding of customer needs, she then worked in product design and development enabling her to get to know the products inside and out. Olivia’s natural, creative flair makes her perfect for the role of Creative, Brand & Marketing Director and along the way Olivia has developed a keen eye for design details, this runs through everything that the creative and marketing teams deliver at head office and makes the brand what it is today.