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Emma Waltham

Careers after Maternity Expert

A specialist in supporting women through the maternity transition, helping working mums thrive and organisations strengthen their female talent pipeline


Emma is a specialist in working with organisations to help them better re-engage women returners, through maternity coaching, flexible working workshops and return-to-work consultancy. 


Women returners are an experienced, ambitious group of professionals who face multiple barriers returning to career roles. Businesses are missing out on this experienced talent pool.


As a women returner herself - Emma took a maternity break after working at director level - she knows all too well the challenges working mums face in blending a career with parenthood.

Since returning to work Emma now specialises in helping organisations re-engage, retain and develop their women returners, to:

  • Build and sustain a female talent pipeline, enabling more women to reach senior levels

  • Broaden the age and gender diversity of organisations, giving them a commercial advantage

  • Generate PR opportunities

  • Gain the productivity benefits that come from supporting parents effectively in the workplace

  • Reduce the gender pay gap

  • Save money, due to lower recruitment costs and increased engagement

  • Address skills gaps.

Before taking her maternity career break, Emma was Client Services Director at Graduate Recruitment Solutions, a division of GTI which provides end-to-end bespoke recruitment process outsourcing solutions for graduate employers.


Following her break Emma gained a Certificate in Coaching with the University of Cambridge and now works as a consultant and executive coach, specialising in supporting women with their career development through their maternity transitions.

This combination of personal and professional expertise in successfully climbing the corporate ladder and being a parent, gives her an insightful and valuable perspective on both the needs of women returners and the organisations they work for.

Organisations Emma has worked with include:

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Hobsons plc

  • HSBC

  • Group GTI

  • LLUK

  • MyKindaFuture

  • Oxfam

  • Societe Generale

To discuss the best solution for your organisation, please email to arrange a consultation


"Emma really helps me with momentum. The sessions are really useful and productive and I've had some key revelations about how I am behaving – and procrastinating about work"

"Emma is a very good listener and it’s been good to have the ability to share experiences
and ideas and have someone to bounce ideas off, in confidence, about how to deal with a
particular situation

"I feel comfortable talking about anything. Coaching with Emma has helped reaffirm me on a personal level"

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