I've had 2 epiphany moments in my working life so far. One was realising that organic skin care is very effective and that passion is what led me to set up a skin care company with Margaret (mum) in 2003. The second came when I had children and realised how incredibly lucky I was to be able to plan my work around a family life.
Friends, peers, even customers have often described to me the anguish they felt during maternity leave when faced with the gut-wrenching choice of returning to work and seeing their children much less, or resigning completely and abandoning a career.
Ever since, I've been determined to do whatever I can to make a difference. Which is why I'm so thrilled to have won the mumandworking award for Business Parent of the Year this afternoon.
These awards are brilliant because they highlight the fact that, frankly everyone working 9 to 5 in an office is very 'last century'. Of course there are exceptions to this, but many many office based jobs can be done from home and don't need to be done in traditional office hours. Thanks to technology, we can communicate with sublime ease.
In that respect, Google's Campus London for the awards ceremony was a fitting venue. Twitter feeds about the event flashing up on live feed. Discussions about the latest start-up idea being mulled over a cup of coffee.
Any way... Since my epiphany moment we've grown our team by 4 marvellous mums who work round a total of 12 children. I hope to use this award as a platform to convince more and also larger employers to benefit from talented, highly productive working mums who for whatever reason can't be chained to their desks all day :
There aren't just ethical, social reasons for employers to be more flexible. The economic advantages are massive. But that's a whole other subject for another time...
I'd like to sincerely thank What's on 4 and mumandworking for the award, the sponsors: Availexe (who are worth getting in touch with if you're a parent looking to find flexible employment) and the Creation Station. And finally a big cheer for Susannah Schofield author of Mind the Gap for being a phenomenal Master (Mistress?) of Ceremonies.