“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