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Returner Programmes have evolved enormously since we founded Women Returners almost a decade ago in 2014. In addition to the cohort annual returnship, there are now many alternative ways in which organisations can successfully tap into and support the career returner talent pool. Our 2023 Employer Event will explore Creative Strategies for Career Returners Hiring, including cross-company programmes, rolling BAU recruitment and broader career returner inclusive hiring.

Register to join us on 31 October (9.15-10.30) for this free-of-charge event for current and prospective returner employers from all sectors:

  • Hear from a panel of leading returner employers, who will be sharing how they have adapted their Career Returners hiring initiatives to align with their DE&I initiatives, fluctuating hiring needs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals
  • Hear from Women Returners about the latest options to embed career returners inclusive hiring
  • Share learnings and ideas with other employers in small breakout groups

Outline Agenda

09:15    Introduction: Julianne Miles MBE, CEO Women Returners
09:20    Employer Panel with Q&A
09:50    Networking and shared learning breakout rooms
10:25    Closing remarks
10:30    Close

Employer Panel – Speaker Bios

Sam Miller, Head of Strategy & Delivery, Product & Technology, DC Thomson.
Sam manages a team of Delivery Managers within the Product & Technology department and is responsible for the smooth delivery of all the services and projects in Product & Technology by ensuring workflows, ways of working, processes and best practices are all aligned to the other DC Thomson communities which help towards the company BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals).  Sam is also responsible for headcount/recruitment for P&T and is very focused on transformation in terms of ensuring the P&T staff and organisational structure are future proofed by providing diverse resource pools that align to business requirements and behaviours. Sam launched the DC Thomson Pathways Programme with Women Returners in spring 2022 and leads the 2023 BAU (business as usual) returner programme providing a rich recruitment pool for P&T technical and non-technical skills.

Sue Jenkins, Talent Partner, DAC Beachcroft LLP. 
Sue, formerly an employment partner at DAC Beachcroft, now works closely with the HR and Learning & Development Teams and supports the senior leadership team with EDI strategy and related initiatives. Sue was instrumental in the firm’s pilot returner programme collaborating with Women Returners and the Law Society.  Reconnect, a 6-month returnship programme aimed at attracting and welcoming qualified legal professionals back to the law after a period away, was established in 2021 and this year DAC Beachcroft is launching a new Reconnect Return to Work Support Programme, delivered by Women Returners, providing job-readiness support tailored for professionals returning to the law.

Caroline O’Reilly, HR Manager, Artemis Investment Management LLP.
Caroline is a HR business partner for the Investment Management and Distribution teams at Artemis supporting the teams with their recruitment, employee relations and change project needs and supports many firmwide DEI initiatives. Artemis, which has just over 230 employees across Edinburgh and London, participated in the Diversity Project Cross-Company Returner Programme for the first time this year, successfully recruiting an Investment Analyst into one of the Investment Management teams.

Logistics and Registration

The event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

Book your ticket here and answer the registration questions.  Joining instructions will be emailed to you directly on 30 October.

Feedback on previous Employer Events
Here are a few comments from our previous Employer Events:

Really informative session.”
Such a great event with lots of new ideas
“I had a fantastic time at the employer event, thank you for hosting. It was great to hear from organisations with established programmes”

Do contact Hazel on with any questions or if you would like to attend but are not available this time.

Please do forward this invitation to any colleagues who may be interested. However, they must also register individually as, for security reasons, only registered attendees will be able to join the event.

We look forward to a great discussion!