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Encourage Mums into Leadership

11 March 2019 / by FM Editor (author) / Chertsey
 (photo: Jennifer Murray)
/ (photo: Jennifer Murray)

Compass Group and Mumsnet, the UK’s largest network for parents, have launched a Leadership Accelerator Programme with training provider, Corndel, to support mothers returning to work.


Focused on advancing women into leadership positions, the programme will provide tailored support and training for maternity returners who manage teams.


Discussing the initiative, Donna Catley, Compass' HR Director for the United Kingdom and Ireland, said:

"Returning to work after maternity leave can sometimes be a daunting prospect for women and as a market leader we believe

that we have the opportunity to make a difference and have a positive impact on our returners. This pioneering partnership with Mumsnet and Corndel will enable us to better support out female colleagues who have either taken maternity leave or returned in the last two years. We hope that by creating this programme we are developing a blueprint for many others in our industry."

Mumsnet Founder, Justine Roberts, commented:

"We're delighted to be a part of this tailored programme with Corndel and Compass. All the evidence shows that women take a considerable career hit when they become mothers, falling behind in both wages and seniority. The Leadership Accelerator Programme helps to tackle this by offering focused training and support for returning mothers to re-ignite their careers."


Sean Williams, Corndel CEO, added:

"We believe our partnership with Mumsnet will make a real difference in helping Compass increase the number of women in senior management positions within the business. The 13-month extensive programme covers 70 topics, a 6-month project relevant to the business and incorporates one-to-one coaching, interactive and engaging workshops, plus masterclasses focused on specific challenges faced by maternity returners. Significantly, the course is designed to be flexible, ensuring it is supporting the individual and not adding to their workload."


Several major foodservices and facility management providers (including Mitie, Sodexo and Aramark) have announced high-profile campaigns to support mothers during and after their maternity leave, following research indicating returners often feel isolated and unsupported.  


Compass also announced last week that the group and its chief executive, Dominic Blakemore, have become lead supporters of WiH2020 - a cross-industry initiative dedicated to increasing women’s representation in leadership positions across the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors.


FM Editor


FM Editor

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