Client Testimonials

We partner with employers across sectors, who share our commitment to bringing returners back into organisational roles in a supportive and mutually-beneficial way. Here is what they say about working with us.

The Bank has found partnering with Women Returners totally invaluable! They really are experts in the field and have shared their wealth of knowledge helping us get our programme set up, the first of which was a huge success. Not only has their advice and guidance on this set up helped enormously, but the coaching they provide to our returners is hugely supportive and positive. Suffice to say we are partnering with them yet again for the second of our programmes.

Lead Recruiter, Bank of England

In 2017 we launched ReSUME with the aim to attract diverse experienced and mature talent.  Following the successful pilot I met with Women Returners to discuss growing and enhancing the programme.  From the beginning I felt they understood what we were trying to achieve and we began working together in 2018. They have since been involved in the design, implementation, training and coaching aspects of the programme. Women Returners brought extensive experience and advice to the ReSUME team and Hiring Managers as well as independent coaching to the returners. I believe the massive success of the 2018/19 programme was largely down to the support we received from Women Returners and we look forward to working together again."

Corporate Citizenship Lead and ReSUME Programme Manager, Accenture Ireland

At O2 we are always looking for new ways to attract diverse talent and over the last five years we have had a laser focus on encouraging diversity and fostering the difference in our people. As a customer led organisation, it’s vital that we have a diverse, balanced and inclusive workforce that reflects and understands the needs of our 25 million customers.  In the first year of the programme (2016), the cohort improved gender equality in the technical area by 3% in 3 months. In 2017 we recruited our second group of returners onto the programme and received three times as many applications as in 2016, with 100% attendance at our assessment day for the second year running. And in 2018 we received our highest number of applications and hired 11 returners. We saw 100% of our returners secure permanent roles making this our most successful programme.Women Returners enable us to reach out to a pool of talented and diverse individuals and provide support throughout the attraction, recruitment, on boarding and in life process. The service is exemplary and we have fostered a strong working relationship over the past three years. For the second year in a row we sponsored the highly successful Women Returners Conference in 2019 to show our support to the organisation.

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, O2

We began working with Women Returners on a pilot programme within our Technology division in 2016. Their advice, support and commitment to understanding our business areas was exemplary. Julianne’s participation in client meetings was key to the programme being well received internally and the overall success of the first programme enabled us to expand into other business areas. We have felt like a valued client every step of the way. It is a pleasure to partner with a company whose values are so closely linked with our own and who share a passion for creating meaningful routes back into corporate life.

Talent Acquisition Lead UK & Ireland, Fidelity International

The support from the team at Women Returners was invaluable in getting the programme off the ground, delivering the coaching workshops, as well as significantly boosting applicant numbers against roles where we would usually see very few women apply.

HR Business Partner and Programme Manager, BBC Design + Engineering

The resources provided for attraction, coaching and general support by Women Returners have been instrumental to the success of our return to work programme. Our partnership has meant that we have seen such a high quality and diverse range of candidates. The coaching and on- boarding they provide for our returners has enabled them to build confidence and thrive in their roles with us. This has led to many permanent placements following the programme. We have used Women Returners for three years in a row now and will continue to use their invaluable service.

Social Programme Manager, Skanska

I believe that working with Women Returners is the most effective and efficient way to run a returner programme. They have the expertise, the networks and the knowledge and provide a specialised and independent source of support to HR and to the participant group. After 30 years in HR, I have extensive experience but not of supporting people back to work after long career breaks. Women Returners made this process easy for us and were a major factor in the success of the returnship. I would not run another programme without them.

Head of HR, Tideway

We launched our Career Returner Programme to attract talented qualified professionals to a career in local government. This was a key part of our recruitment strategy to recruit to roles where we have traditionally struggled to source good candidates. Working with Women Returners we recognised there is an ‘untapped’ talent pool of local people looking to return to their profession following an extended career break.  Women Returners were an obvious partner as they have achieved so much in this area and have extensive experience as well as a vast network of potential candidates.  Women Returners have provided the coaching element of the Programme which will support our candidates back into meaningful work following their career break. I’m confident that our Returners will all go on to have successful careers at Enfield Council. This is an important initiative and I’m proud that Enfield Council is the first public sector organisation to launch a returner programme. I would highly recommend Julianne and her team at Women Returners to any organisation.

Head of HR Operations, Enfield Council

The first role for which L.E.K. used the Women Returners Supported Hiring model was my own, and as a candidate I was struck by the message that this sent – that the firm was open-minded, flexible, and willing to look beyond the confines of a traditional recruiting approach. We have recently hired a Business Development Manager, and the three excellent candidates at the final round were all sourced from Women Returners. The team provides plenty of advice about creating attractive job postings, and will give a clear assessment about whether their network is likely to contain suitable candidates. In our experience, Women Returners allows firms to connect with a talent pool of capable and committed individuals, who are unlikely to be reached through mainstream recruiting channels.

Head of Recruiting, L.E.K. Consulting

We first came across Women Returners when we saw an article about them, and were inspired to learn of an organisation who had expertise in both connecting and supporting employers with finding and hiring returning talent as well as being able to provide coaching to support the returner themselves back into the workplace. We were seeking a Commercial Solicitor and had been struggling to find the right talent via conventional routes. Looking to the Women Returners network to promote our role with the knowledge that they would help us support the candidate back into the workplace was very attractive to us. We have been delighted to be able to source a very talented former Solicitor back into the workplace after a 12 year break. She brings a wealth of commercial experience as well as wider skills and perspective as a result of the career break itself. We have also just confirmed a second offer to another high calibre Returning Solicitor also returning after a long career break from law. We are delighted with this creative and smart way of sourcing great talent.

Commercial IP IT Dept, Clark Holt (boutique law firm)

The Bank has found partnering with Women Returners totally invaluable! They really are experts in the field and have shared their wealth of knowledge helping us get our programme set up, the first of which was a huge success. Not only has their advice and guidance on this set up helped enormously, but the coaching they provide to our returners is hugely supportive and positive. Suffice to say we are partnering with them yet again for the second of our programmes.

Lead Recruiter, Bank of England

At O2 we are always looking for new ways to attract talent and specifically female talent in STEM. Women Returners provided us with a one stop shop of well qualified candidates and professional support to launch the first of our programmes. The team at Women Returners supported us every step of the way, from supporting with the design of our recruitment process, helping to identify the candidates to shaping the programme and training. With a focussed and consultancy approach Women Returners were willing to tailor to suit the company and the requirements of the O2 programme. Following the success of the programme we sponsored the Women Returners Conference which was a massive success and again showed the amazing talent looking to return to the workplace.

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, O2

We began working with Women Returners on a pilot programme within our Technology division in 2016. Their advice, support and commitment to understanding our business areas was exemplary. Julianne’s participation in client meetings was key to the programme being well received internally and the overall success of the first programme enabled us to expand into other business areas in 2017. We are currently running our 2nd programme [in Investment Management] with their support and have felt like a valued client every step of the way. It is a pleasure to partner with a company whose values are so closely linked with our own and who share a passion for creating meaningful routes back into corporate life.

Talent Acquisition Lead UK & Ireland, Fidelity International

The resources provided for attraction, coaching and general support by Women Returners have been instrumental to the success of our return to work programme. Our partnership has meant that we have seen such a high quality and diverse range of candidates. The coaching and on- boarding they provide for our returners has enabled them to build confidence and thrive in their roles with us. This has led to many permanent placements following the programme. We have used Women Returners for three years in a row now and will continue to use their invaluable service.

Social Programme Manager, Skanska

I believe that working with Women Returners is the most effective and efficient way to run a returner programme. They have the expertise, the networks and the knowledge and provide a specialised and independent source of support to HR and to the participant group. After 30 years in HR, I have extensive experience but not of supporting people back to work after long career breaks. Women Returners made this process easy for us and were a major factor in the success of the returnship. I would not run another programme without them.

Head of HR, Tideway

We launched our Career Returner Programme to attract talented qualified professionals to a career in local government. This was a key part of our recruitment strategy to recruit to roles where we have traditionally struggled to source good candidates. Working with Women Returners we recognised there is an ‘untapped’ talent pool of local people looking to return to their profession following an extended career break.  Women Returners were an obvious partner as they have achieved so much in this area and have extensive experience as well as a vast network of potential candidates.  Women Returners have provided the coaching element of the Programme which will support our candidates back into meaningful work following their career break. I’m confident that our Returners will all go on to have successful careers at Enfield Council. This is an important initiative and I’m proud that Enfield Council is the first public sector organisation to launch a returner programme. I would highly recommend Julianne and her team at Women Returners to any organisation.

Head of HR Operations, Enfield Council

The first role for which L.E.K. used the Women Returners Supported Hiring model was my own, and as a candidate I was struck by the message that this sent – that the firm was open-minded, flexible, and willing to look beyond the confines of a traditional recruiting approach. We have recently hired a Business Development Manager, and the three excellent candidates at the final round were all sourced from Women Returners. The team provides plenty of advice about creating attractive job postings, and will give a clear assessment about whether their network is likely to contain suitable candidates. In our experience, Women Returners allows firms to connect with a talent pool of capable and committed individuals, who are unlikely to be reached through mainstream recruiting channels.

Head of Recruiting, L.E.K. Consulting

We first came across Women Returners when we saw an article about them, and were inspired to learn of an organisation who had expertise in both connecting and supporting employers with finding and hiring returning talent as well as being able to provide coaching to support the returner themselves back into the workplace. We were seeking a Commercial Solicitor and had been struggling to find the right talent via conventional routes. Looking to the Women Returners network to promote our role with the knowledge that they would help us support the candidate back into the workplace was very attractive to us. We have been delighted to be able to source a very talented former Solicitor back into the workplace after a 12 year break. She brings a wealth of commercial experience as well as wider skills and perspective as a result of the career break itself. We have also just confirmed a second offer to another high calibre Returning Solicitor also returning after a long career break from law. We are delighted with this creative and smart way of sourcing great talent.

Commercial IP IT Dept, Clark Holt (boutique law firm)