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The Event - June 13th 2019

Our first event this year takes place in Westminster, London this June. We are inviting HR Professionals to take part.

The Big Conversation focuses on Shared Parental Leave where we will showcase views from Fathers & Employers in the hope of setting out a 'Best Practice' template for employers who wish to support their male staff as much as their female employees.

Join us in this transformational event.

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Why Are We Discussing Parental Leave?

Current uptake of Shared Parental leave is incredibly low (around 2%).

The reasons for this are multifactorial:

  • Lack of awareness of this opportunity,
  • Lack of understanding,
  • Lack of enhanced pay for dads,
  • Fear of impact on future career aspirations

Our partner site is on a mission to make paternity leave for dads realistic, achievable and positive.

As a flexible working jobs board our aim is to enable more dads in the UK to take time off from work and take a larger role in the formative years of their children. Without the family being penalised financially or professionally.

We believe that better uptake of Shared Parental Leave could also contribute to closing the gender pay gap.

As far as recruitment goes, having a valuable Shared Parental Leave policy is fab for the marketing of a business and attracting and retaining talented individuals.


Who Should Attend?

This event is for organisations and their HR professionals. If you, your business or your employer want to embrace the future of flexible working practices, then get your tickets today.

We have opportunities for attendees and companies to Sponsor, Partner or just attend the event. Don't miss out on our special offer below!

We will lay on food, drink and most importantly a great opportunity for you to share and learn in all things Shared Parental Leave.

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Jessica Chivers is CEO of The Talent Keeper Specialists.

They work with clients such as BlackRock, ITV and the CIPD to bring valued and talented employees back to work raring to go after a break and shape workplaces where colleagues want to stay and do their best work. The Talent Keeper Specialists are pioneers of the Comeback Community™ - a digital platform designed to fuel engagement, build confidence and boost performance when employees are preparing for and returning from extended leave (Shared Parental Leave, maternity, adoption, sick leave and sabbatical). Watch the story of its development in this 3 minute film.

Aged about nine she asked her mum whether “woman” was a contraction of “womb” and “man” and why women couldn’t have a name of their own. Her mother delighted in her thinking but didn’t have an answer. She went on to read psychology and started her career in the City in learning and development before working with The Mind Gym and pursuing a career as a coaching psychologist.

She’s married to Nick, a man she’s on course to liberate from commuting and pointless meetings, to spend more time cutting the grass, picking up the children’s socks and walking their whippet. She’s looking forward to the evening and provoking discussion around how employers – and specifically line managers – can encourage the take-up of Shared Parental Leave.

Jessica Chivers, Author and Psychologist

Find The Talent Keepers on Instagram and Twitter @TalentKeepersUK and visit our LinkedIn page for latest insights.


Julia Trusler - Director of Policy & Programmes at British Orthopaedic Association

Heather DeLand and Matt Dupuy 

Julia Trusler

Julia is a working parent with experience of sharing her parental leave 50/50 with her husband in 2016/17.

In her career she has undertaken a range of policy and research roles in the non-profit sector relating to science and medicine.

Julia's interest in Shared Parental Leave took off on maternity leave when it became apparent that so few other families were taking it up (she didn't meet any other mums doing it at all!). She became curious about the reasons for the low take up and the different ways that parents and employers were approaching the issue.

This has led her to collect data, review policies and get involved in the debate on this topic. In this talk, she will discuss the facts and figures around the scheme, the perspectives of parents who have done it, and the different types of policies and practices that employers have put in place. She will also cover the mother's perspective, as reluctance by mothers to take up the scheme is often seen as a challenge by employers wanting to increase participation.

Julia Trusler

Heather DeLand -Executive Creative Director - Head of Comms Solutions at TMP Worldwide UK

She has campaigned for inclusion for over 20 years, and has appeared on panels for KPMG Inclusion Week (chaired by the BBC) and Indeed Interactive and has spoken at the Recruitment Conference 2018 as well as giving talks on creating inclusion through flexible working.

Her TMP podcast 'The Chemistry Sessions' explores the challenges employers face with guests from across the industry spectrum.

Heather Deland and matt Dupuy
Heather DeLand and Matt Dupuy

Heather is also a mentor for She Says, a creative network dedicated to keeping and promoting women in the creative industries, where they are vastly underrepresented in leadership. Heather’s daughter Finch is now 3 years old, and she works full-time at TMP while her partner Matthew has taken the lead role in daily parenting. Together, they work to raise awareness of the difficulties of making shared parental policy work in practice, and urge employers to consider how they can better support families – and get better talent as a result.

Matt Dupuy - Stay At Home Dad and Former Sub Editor 

Rather than calling himself as a stay-at-home Dad, Matt describes his current occupation as being the full-time valet to his three-year-old daughter, hopefully providing a reassuring, Jeeves-like presence to counter her naturally anarchic tendencies. Before taking this on he was a sub editor, hopefully providing a reassuring, Jeeves-like presence in the newsroom at titles including The Register, Metal Bulletin, BBC Future, Monocle and iPad-only lifestyle title Project.

For a brief period he was also a contributing writer for Las Vegas-based satire site NSFWCORP.COM, although he is fairly certain his involvement was down to a typo in the notes of an editorial meeting.

For some time in his twenties and thirties he fitted a day job at a Suffolk brewery around a night job playing bass in rock bands, a combination he almost certainly would no longer have the stamina for. Although ultimately financially unrewarding, one of his bands did get to record two John Peel sessions on Radio 1 and receives a mention in Peel's autobiography.

He is now interspersing his valeting with occasional speaking engagements with Heather on the subject of shared parental duties.


Clare Matysova - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at University of East London

Clare has been working in EDI related roles within HE for the past 12 years. Working at the University of East London for the last four years, Clare has been responsible for project managing the institution’s successful Athena SWAN submission and related action plan, a key focus of which is developing a more inclusive working culture within the university in relation to flexible working and family friendly policies. Previously, Clare worked at the University for the Creative Arts as Disability Support Services Manager and was responsible for managing a number of cross disciplinary inclusivity and equality related projects.

Clare is also a PhD researcher focusing gender equality and exploring the impact of the UK’s shared parental leave policy from the perspective of couple’s decision-making.

Clare Matysova
Jonathon Clarke, Kilburn and Strode LLP

Jonathan Clarke is the HR Director at Kilburn & Strode LLP

Kilburn & Strode LLP are an Intellectual Property Law Firm with offices in Holborn, Amsterdam and San Francisco. He and his team are responsible for all aspects of human resources. They handle everything from recruiting the best talent to ensuring that we do everything we can to keep them here, motivated and enjoying their work.

At Kilburn & Strode, we believe people management is a core business skill and that’s why our People Manager Development Programme is an integral part of what we deliver. 

Jonathan joined the firm in 2015 and brings over 25 years’ experience in human resources, most of it in professional services. He has built his experience working at a charity, within central government, a global audit and consulting practice and a major international law firm. He is proud to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Han-Son Lee is the founder of DaddiLife - the UK’s leading platform for Millennial dads

DaddiLife has over 140,000 fathers in the community and is growing. He is fast becoming the voice of authority on Dad-related topics in the media, having featured in a host of national titles including The Sunday Times, Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, i, and Metro .

He has led a number of research projects into the Dad Market, including The Dad Index- the UK’s first piece of research exclusively focussed on millennial dads and their detailed parental role at home. He also led the research on “The Millennial Dad at Work”  - a comprehensive study of the work/life balance issues affecting today's generation of dads at work, in association with Deloitte that has achieved stand out attention in the National and HR press.

He has campaigned extensively for Shared Parental Leave over the last 3 years and was one of the few dads to meet Jo Swinson MP recently for her 4 year review of the SPL policy she had originally introduced into Parliament.

Han-Son Lee, DaddiLife Founder
Liam Hamilton, Co Founder

Liam Hamilton - Co Founder of

Liam is co-founder of part of The Find Your Flex Group with Cheney Hamilton. Experiencing Shared Parental Leave first hand in May 2015, he will be discussing his experience. The mixed emotions, the difficulty of fighting gender stereotypes and the value shared parental leave has to raising a young family.

He will also be discussing his return to work and how the flexibility helped him work out a schedule between family and work commitments.

Ian Dinwiddy is the founder of Inspiring Dads

Inspiring Dads is a coaching and mentoring business that specialises in helping men to find their own path to ‘Be a Great Dad AND Have a Great Career.’ 1 to 1 and group coaching work is underpinned by their signature “6 Steps to Working Dad Success” programme.

Ian believes that well paid and properly supported Shared Parental Leave and flexible working policies for men have a key role in improving well-being and reducing stress while contributing to driving gender diversity initiatives and closing the gender pay gap.

Ian has 10 years’ experience working as a Management Consultant specialising in Operational Change. He is married to Lisa, a city-based funds lawyer. He spent 7 years combining freelance work with being a primary carer to his children (who are now 9 and 6) including two stints as a “full time” stay at home Dad. He is now a “school run dad.”


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He qualified as a coach in March 2017 and outside of work he umpires at the highest levels of domestic field hockey in England.

Ian is contributor to, and the Comeback Community. He is also a mentor on the Daddilife co-sponsored #DadConnect pilot programme.

See more about Inspiring Dads Here

Kelly Swingler

Kelly Swingler, Senior People Expert at The Chrysalis Crew

Speaker, author , Global Empowerment Coach for HR Professionals and heart centred people leader, Kelly is changing the world of work and supporting HR professionals in doing things differently.

Kelly is an accredited Empowerment and Executive Coach, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, MCIPD and is currently completing her PHD in Organisational Change.  Kelly was appointed as the UK’s youngest HR Director for one of the UK’s leading housing providers before starting Chrysalis in 2014.

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About Our Sponsor

FAMILY is the parental leave service with purpose. FAMILY (From babies with love) logo

We help you make an impact, at a life defining moment.

Brought to you by From Babies with Love, the social enterprise baby brand that donates 100% of its profit to orphaned and abandoned children.

Hear from Deloitte, who partner with From Babies with Love as part of their Gender Balance and talent retention focus; in this short video Emma Codd, Managing Partner - Talent, explains it is “the single most engaging thing we do for our people… the impact has been overwhelming”.

Partner with From Babies with Love to send parental leave gifts that engage with and help retain your working parents.

Find out more about FAMILY here.

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The Find Your Flex Group is going to give away £10,000 worth of advertising - yes that's a whole year of unlimited job postings and branding across our Find|Your|Flex platform - to one of the businesses who attend our upcoming SPL Event in London this June.

Sponsored by From Babies with Love this event will take an in-depth look at the Shared Parental Leave policies that have worked across the UK, in increasing father's taking time out.

Hosted by Jessica Chivers and with 2 keynote speakers and 6 panelists on hand to help thrash out a working white paper which will be delivered to parliament and given to all attendees on SPL & Enhanced SPL Best Practice.

This event is not to be missed!


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