About Women Returners

Women Returners is a purpose-led consulting, coaching and network organisation. We founded Women Returners in 2014 with the mission of removing the ‘Career Break Penalty’ by making extended career breaks a normal part of a 40-50 year career. 

We are the European experts in enabling the return to work of highly-qualified professionals, mainly women but also men, after an extended (18 month or more) career break. 

Our management and coaching teams have been working with the returner community for many years, both before and after their return to the workforce. We have the unique combination of an in-depth understanding of the return-to-work journey and returner programme success factors, a practical commercial perspective, and psychology-based returner coaching expertise.

We combine commercial and not-for-profit activities:

  • We partner with leading employers across sectors to create supported bridges back to mid to senior level roles. We led the introduction of returnships into Europe and created the Supported Hiring Returner Programme concept to support returners directly into permanent roles. We provide specialist consultancy and coaching services to organisations to enable them to design, promote and deliver best practice returner programmes, consistent with both diversity and talent recruitment objectives.
  • We run the largest European network community of returning professionals, the free-of-charge Women Returners Professional Network, providing advice, inspiration, information and support to returners.
  • We act as a voice and advocate for returners within Government, industry and media debate, bringing to the forefront the practical and psychological barriers and solutions to getting back into rewarding work after a long break.


Management and Business Team

Coaching Team

Our team of coaches are all professional women who are highly experienced in working with women returning after an extended break. All have a deep understanding of combining work and home life.