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New: online Returners Toolkit 

Our new web-based Returners Toolkit is a self-directed training resource containing everything you need to help your managers, HR staff and returning mums - all in one place.


Cost-effective and quick and easy to set up, the Toolkit’s engaging materials will help your company create a best-practice experience for your maternity returners.


This resource helps managers to understand the impact of maternity leave, and shows them how to help returners ease back in positively and successfully. It comprises:


  • Step-by-step framework of best practice for when people take parental leave

  • Communication plan – the importance of good communication throughout this transition and ‘how to’ put an appropriate communications plan in place

  • Re-orientation plan – the importance of re-onboarding and how to implement a re-orientation for a returner

  • Enhancing the wellbeing of returners – the impact of mental load, dips in confidence and worries around expressing needs; and how to help

  • How to facilitate returners’ career progression – the barriers that may be in place, such as stereotypical assumptions and how to remove them; how to help women stay in the talent pipeline after becoming mums


The modules provide a bite-size, blended learning experience with pre-recorded video, pdfs and checklists. Colleagues access guidance in the way that best works for them, when they need it.

Webinars, e-learning and events

All of our services are bespoke; examples of events we have recently delivered for our clients include:

  • Bite-size webinars for managers - walks managers clearly, step-by-step through a framework of how to best support their pregnant colleagues as well as those on maternity and leave and returners. It equips managers to feel confident, so that they are able to keep women feeling engaged and valued.

  • Maternity bias webinar - a topical 30-minute Q&A session that ties in with the International Women’s Day theme of #BreakThe Bias to raise awareness of the challenges faced by women at work after maternity.

  • Lunch and Learn for managers - a one-hour interactive and informative look at how the maternity transition impacts on the professional lives of women

Time to successfully re-engage your returning mums? Contact us to explore how the Returners Toolkit can help

What My Clients Say

“It was my great pleasure to be able to work with Emma on a Lunch & Learn on Maternity Returners for the organisation. Emma’s profound expertise and personable nature made the design of this session a delight to put together and her support and steerage was fundamental to its success. The effects of maternity will impact us all in a work setting and Emma was inclusive in her approach, ensuring that I, as a man without any children, felt like an active ally. Emma’s warmth was noted by the 40+ attendants of the Lunch & Learn, who were keen to engage all the way through. I am firm in my belief that Emma’s intervention has begun a new, shared organisational understanding of maternity in the GDC, and how the experience of it equips our business with important skills and inclusive culture that leads to enhanced performance. I would not hesitate to get in touch with Emma again for advice, strategy, or just a catch up – indeed, we are already engaging with her again for support with our Managers’ toolkit. The GDC has long desired a workplace culture of inclusion and belonging and our relationship with Emma has ensured that this aspiration is being realised.”

John Simmonds, EDI Manager, General Dental Council


"At UKAEA we are committed to developing an inclusive workplace and one of those areas we are seeking continuous improvement is supporting the professional development of women following pregnancy and maternity. By using the skills, knowledge, and expertise of Dr Waltham to share practical advice to women, line managers and the wider organisation on how to support their colleagues throughout their pregnancy and afterwards. The impact of Emma’s session and the blog she wrote was to continue the conversation across UKAEA and support the work of our Being Inclusive Executive Sponsor for Pregnancy and Maternity, my role as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner and our Inclusion Ambassadors. Working with Emma was truly a collaborative venture and one which I am sure will continue."
Marcia Ore, EDI Partner, UK Atomic Energy Authority

Training Solutions

The organisations I work with know from experience that putting parental policies and checklists in place isn't enough.
Achieving a cultural shift where leaders and managers understand the challenges faced by returning mums and the benefits to the organisation of keeping women in the talent pipeline, takes more than providing forms to fill in. I provide training solutions that really shift the dial in organisations, so that line managers develop a confident and consistent, human approach. This means expectant and new mums continue to feel connected and valued, even while on maternity leave, and make a successful return to work.
I also offer training solutions for parent networks and diversity champions.