Back to Business: Facilitating the Return to Work

Back to Business: Facilitating the Return to Work

1st April 2020 | Central London

in partnership with Women Returners


The recent launch of the Government Returners Toolkit is the latest indicator that supporting the return to work is increasingly important for employers. 436,000 UK residents who are currently not in work because of caring commitments would like to be. This largely untapped demographic of skills and experience has much to offer business.

As the increasing number of returners programmes demonstrates, attracting and enabling such talent makes good business sense. Furthermore, with the right guidance and knowledge, the business adaptations and processes which best attract and facilitate this competent demographic are effective and relatively simple.

Join us for our upcoming event, ‘Back to Business: Facilitating the Return to Work’ to learn how to adapt your business to engage this skilled demographic. Speakers will share instructive insights around cultural change and maximising the success of bespoke returners programmes. Receive best practice advice on recruitment and training offerings and come away with an understanding of the skills and benefits returners can offer your business.


Key Speakers: 

  • Julianne Miles MBE, CEO and Co-Founder, Women Returners
  • Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Civil Service
  • Katherine Wilson, Head of Employment, Carers UK 
  • Kaammini Chanrai, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Vodafone UK​
  • Oluemisi Morgan-Raiwe, Strategic Programme Manager, Enfield Council
  • Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust


Why attend? 

  • Learn how to engage skilled and experience returners with your business
  • Bring new, innovative ideas about creating a return-to-work scheme or process for your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear about best practice from leading figures in creating a workplace that attracts and enables returners
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and fellow colleagues


Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in adapting their workplace to better facilitate the return to work, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.


Dates and Locations

Back to Business: Facilitating the Return to Work | Central London | 1st April 2020

 Register now 


For registration queries please contact:

Ivana Picone 

0207 593 5739






Chair's introduction

Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust


Made to measure: setting your returner programme up for success

  • Returner programme: context and growth
  • The business benefits of hiring returners and developing bespoke returner programmes
  • Developing a learning mindset: piloting and evaluating your programme

Julianne Miles MBE, CEO and Co-Founder, Women Returners


Return on investment: securing buy-in and adapting recruitment practices

  • Communicating the benefits of returners and returner schemes
  • Securing buy-in from senior management and across the business
  • Adpoting recruitment processes to best sopt talent and potential after a career break
  • Engaging returners: adapting your attraction strategies


Networking Break


Managing the transition: supporting staff and onboaring new hires

  • Enabling managers to best support returners joining their teams
  • Building professional confidence and upskilling returners to re-integrate into the workplace
  • Flexible working: making it possible for returners to do their best work in a way that also works

Kaammini Chanrai, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Vodafone UK




Integrating returners and ensuring they have the tools and resources to flourish

  • How mentors, senior sponsors and networks can make all the difference in long-term integration
  • Ensuring that returners feel valued and included


Leading a change in culture: embedding returners and returnships into a supportive and cohesive environment

  • Celebrating the skills and benefits which returners bring to the business
  • Normalising flexible working practices
  • Embedding returners into your wider talent management strategy

Katherine Wilson, Head of Employment, Carers UK


Chair's Closing Remarks


Event Close