Women Returners Conference 2019 

Employer Sponsors

Employer Sponsors 7 Mar

All our sponsors look forward to meeting you and talking informally with you at the conference. Whatever stage you are at, on your ‘returner journey’, our sponsors invite you to speak with them, so please do take this opportunity!  You will find an overview of each organisation and their returner programmes here:

BBC Design + Engineering 

BBC Design + Engineering is driving the reinvention of the media, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people every day. Their services have huge social impact in the UK and they support one of the world’s leading Production and Distribution companies, BBC Studios. They are proud of their talented colleagues who have a diverse range of skills, from Broadcast Engineers to UX Designers, and they want to encourage more people to join them to make an impact, shape the future of the media, be themselves and develop creatively and technically. 

Working within BBC Design + Engineering, you’ll experience unique creative and technical challenges, working hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK – journalists, commissioners, and programme makers. 

You’ll keep learning and developing. There are countless development opportunities, whether you want to improve your leadership or technical skills. You’ll have access to the BBC Academy, as well as the chance to attend conferences, seminars and many others. 

Career Returners: BBC Design + Engineering launched their first returner programme in January 2019. Tapping into a relatively untouched talent pool of highly skilled individuals that has too long been overlooked; they’ve helped some highly skilled individuals return to the workplace, enabling them to utilise their existing skills, which has had the added benefit of helping to bridge a skills gap in some areas.  


Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength: leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively. For more information, visit www.bloomberg.com/company

Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg is focused on attracting, retaining and developing the best people around the world to help them succeed in all they do. Their mission is to establish an inclusive work environment where all of their employees feel respected for their diversity and empowered to impact the business globally.

Returner Circles: Bloomberg has been in partnership with Women Returners since 2015 and continues to support and engage talented and experienced professionals who are looking to return to full-time roles after an extended career break. Bloomberg is committed to developing a more diverse workforce and recognises both the value of this experienced group and the challenges they can encounter in restarting their careers in suitable corporate roles.

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse is one of the world’s leading financial services providers. Their strategy is built upon their core strengths: their position as a leading wealth manager, their specialist investment banking capabilities and their strong presence in their home market of Switzerland. They seek to follow a balanced approach to wealth management, aiming to capitalize on both the large pool of wealth within mature markets as well as the significant growth in wealth in Asia Pacific and other emerging markets, while also serving key developed markets with an emphasis on Switzerland.

Real Returns™: Credit Suisse’s well-established Real Returns program re-engages talented senior professionals and provides a 16 week opportunity to explore a return to financial services. They focus on transferable skill sets, enabling participants to experience taking their career into new directions.

Participants work on projects that match their skills, interest and expertise and also benefit from a comprehensive training schedule. This includes modules focusing on strategic business and regulatory changes in the financial services industry, executive training to improve personal impact and skill-based refresher courses. Networking is also a key component, with the program providing participants with the possibility to build a powerful and supportive network across the organisation. To find out more please visit:  www.credit-suisse.com/realreturns


EY are building the workplace of the future – a place that’s smarter, more inclusive, more dynamic and more flexible – driven by a sense of purpose and belonging. They are continually investing in their people, offering a range of experiences and assignments to inspire their people to develop and achieve success. Their commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce is core to their ambitions. Brilliant people from different backgrounds are already thriving in their business and they’re continuing to build a diverse, inclusive workforce where everyone can feel like they belong. They have received many accolades including the Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies; Times Top 50 Employers for Women; Top 10 Employers for Working Families; Stonewall Top Employer; and Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race. They also have a range of well-established, thriving networks across the business including EY Parents’ Network, EY Women’s Network and the Disability Network, and are recognised as a Mental Health First Aid Champion and a Social Mobility Champion.

EY Reconnect: EY are launching two new phases of their EY Reconnect programme for career returners, providing a bridge for professionals re-entering the workplace after an extended career break. The 12-week programme offers a supported route back into work with induction, coaching from Women Returners, and mentoring for talented individuals who have had a career break of between 2 and 10 years. This is an opportunity for individuals to reconnect with their careers, previous experience and expertise within business. EY Reconnect offers roles across assurance, tax, transaction and people advisory business areas. Applications are open now for their April 2019 and September 2019 intakes. At the end of the 12 weeks, all participants will be considered for ongoing roles with EY. They are happy to discuss flexible working requirements.

FDM Group

FDM Group is a multi-award-winning FTSE 250 employer, working with some of the world’s largest brands in the UK, mainland Europe, North America and APAC. As a market leader in the recruit, train and deploy industry, they are renowned for their dynamic Careers Programme which provides returners, graduates and ex-forces personnel with industry relevant business and technical training as well as commercial experience.

FDM has firmly established itself as an inclusive employer that champions diversity in the workplace, with over 80 nationalities working together as a team and circa 50% of the management team being women. They are proud to have reported a median gender pay gap of 0% for two years running (compared to a UK average of 18.1%) and have been recognised as Diversity Employer of the Year at the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards and Top Employer at the Working Mums Awards 2018. FDM supports the advancement of women in technology and works to uncover and celebrate inspirational female role models through the annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards alongside hosting events and networking opportunities worldwide.

Getting Back to Business Programme: The Getting Back to Business Programme is specifically designed to look past the reasons why you took a career break and to provide all the support you need to feel confident returning to the workplace.

The seven-week training course ensures that candidates build upon their existing skills and knowledge whilst getting the opportunity to gain industry recognised certifications to be fully prepared to succeed in the corporate world. Upon completion of training, returners will work on exciting projects as an FDM consultant with one or more of FDM’s prestigious clients across multiple sectors including banking, finance, retail and energy for a minimum of two years.  Find out more, here: https://www.fdmgroup.com/careers/returners-to-work/

Fidelity International

Fidelity International offers world-class investment and retirement solutions. They are a privately owned, independent company, with the commitment and resources to provide the investment expertise, technology and service innovation needed to help their clients achieve their financial goals. For Fidelity, being the best organisation means having an inclusive culture where diversity of thought and perspective is valued and where all employees can speak up, contribute and reach their potential. They care about being a supportive place for their employees to work and a welcoming place for all clients to invest, and they are committed to being active members of the communities they serve. As a result, they believe that a commitment to diversity and inclusion is not only right, but absolutely critical to achieving their mission. In July 2016, Fidelity signed-up to the UK Government’s “Women in Finance” charter, signalling their commitment to delivering constant improvements and their understanding of the role that people development plays in this. In 2018 Fidelity exceeded their targets for women on Boards, with women representing between 45% and 50% of their major UK Boards. They were also featured in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

New Horizons Returner Programme: Since 2016 Fidelity has run six successful returner programmes within Technology & Operations, Investments, Financial Planning and Customer Services. They are currently investigating further schemes within the Operations and Business Solutions space based in Surrey. Their programmes offer a paid placement of 20 weeks with the possibility of an ongoing role at the end. These joint programmes offer coaching and support from Women Returners to help returners transition back into the workplace. Fidelity are committed to being an inclusive and diverse company to work for and strive to create a culture where flexible working is encouraged. In January 2019 they launched an exciting and innovative approach to flexible working called New Ways of Working designed to empower their employees to decide how, where and when they want to work.

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank is a global leader across banking, markets and investor services. The world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions entrust us with their business in more than 100 countries. With $23 trillion of assets under custody and $445 billion in deposits, the Corporate & Investment Bank provides strategic advice, raises capital, manages risk and extends liquidity in markets around the world. Further information about J.P. Morgan is available at www.jpmorgan.com

The ReEntry program: J.P. Morgan recognises that rewarding careers do not always follow a conventional route and values the diversity, fresh perspective and wealth of experience that returning professionals can bring. The ReEntry program comprises a 14 week training experience, designed to help highly accomplished individuals who have taken a voluntary career break for at least two years return to the workforce full-time. Through hands-on experience, mentorship and intensive coaching, participants develop leading industry knowledge and insight to return to work with ease, and prepare for their long-term career. The goal is to place high performing participants who successfully complete the program into full-time positions with the firm.

Morgan Stanley 

Morgan Stanley has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in financial advice and market execution. With offices in more than 41 countries, the people of Morgan Stanley are dedicated to providing their clients the finest thinking, products and services to help them achieve even their most challenging goals. 

Their skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the global communities in which they operate and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences.  Their strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through their constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.  

Morgan Stanley is proud  to have been an early signatory for both the UK  Women in Finance Charter and  the UK  Race at Work Charter. 

Return to Work  Programme: At Morgan Stanley, they  recognise  that successful careers are fluid and often do not follow a traditional path. They see great potential in experienced professionals who have taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workplace.   Morgan Stanley’s  Return to Work  programme  is an opportunity for individuals looking to re-engage in their chosen profession. During the 12-week paid internship, participants are placed in businesses that complement their skills and experience. Upon completion of the  programme, participants may receive an offer of employment. Year-round, Morgan Stanley also invites  career  returners to apply to open vacancies. Active support is provided upon hiring to enable returners to relaunch their careers and reintegrate into the workplace.

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O2 is a mobile network operator and the principal commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, which is part of the global telecommunications group Telefónica S.A, headquartered in Spain and operating in Europe, and North, Central and South America.

O2 was awarded Best Network Coverage in 2018 by uSwitch and with over 32 million connections to the network, it runs 2G, 3G and 4G services across the UK, as well as operating its nationwide O2 Wifi service. The company is the network of choice for mobile virtual network operators such as giffgaff, Sky Mobile and Lyca Mobile as well as managing a 50:50 joint venture with Tesco for Tesco Mobile.

O2 has around 6,700 employees and over 450 retail stores and sponsors England Rugby, The O2 and 19 O2 Academy music venues across the UK. Through a comprehensive sustainability strategy O2 is also creating work experience opportunities for 16-24 year olds via its GoThinkBig platform, enabling customers to reduce their impact on the environment by recycling their old devices through O2 Recycle and, in partnership with the NSPCC, helping parents to keep their children safe online. O2 is the only mobile operator in the 2018 Social Mobility Employer Index and was named as one of the best places to work in the 2018 Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award.

Career Returners: In 2016, O2 set out to find and nurture the untapped pool of talent standing at the school gates by launching a Career Returners programme, in partnership with Women Returners. The paid programme is designed to help both men and women who have taken career breaks to re-enter the workplace at their own pace, supported through one-on-one mentoring and regular training sessions which focus on enhancing their existing skillset. The programme offers generous flexible working policies to ensure returners can smoothly transition back into their career and maintain a healthy work/life balance. Now in its third year, the programme continues to bring talent into the business and 100% of people on the latest programme have secured permanent roles.

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

St. James’s Place Wealth Management is a FTSE 100 company with £95.6 billion of client funds under management providing a range of wealth management solutions from investments to pensions.

The Partnership comprises their Partners who are among the country’s leading financial advisers, mostly recruited from high levels in the IFA and private banking communities. Alternatively, they join via their Academy, which helps retrain high-flyers from previous careers in other sectors.  After training them fully in their way of doing business when they join, they continue to invest in their development to make sure that their knowledge is up to date.

St. James’s Place Academy: The Academy provides a two-year career change opportunity offering achievement-driven individuals an exciting new career in financial planning and wealth management. Since 2012, the Academy has retrained and successfully transitioned many hundreds of people from a from a wide range of non-finance professions.  You determine your own professional pathway as a qualified wealth advice professional, whether your goal is to set up your own business or join an established SJP Practice. They are delighted that 24% of the current Academy’s trainees are women, substantially more than the national average of women who provide financial advice in the UK.

Book now to get our Early Bird price of £90 (standard price £100), available until midnight 31 March