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#mumsmakeithappen by Nicky Lloyd Greame

interviews May 11, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

From Assistant Manager in a pub to fitness instructor, then CEO PA, Project Manager, Events Manager & Corporate Trainer (with a bit of Salsa teacher on the side) and my last ‘proper’ job was as an Operations Manager for a Sales Management Consultancy

 2.  What changed within you when you had children?

I always wanted to be the one to bring up my child rather than put her into childcare – and so was determined to find a way to do that.  I pursued the Salsa Teaching route when she was born as – particularly at the beginning – I worked mainly evenings, whilst she slept.  This worked great until she got older and started school etc, late nights and early mornings didn’t mix so I decided to go back into the corporate world and began working for a management consultancy as their operations manager.

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#mumsmakeithappen by Fiona Moonan

interviews May 08, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

I worked for 20+ years in the stockbroking world having various roles from editing and production, supporting analysts with their travel arrangements and being the go between for the London and New York office which meant lots of flying back and forth.

2.What changed within you when you had children? 

I didn’t want to spend all of my time commuting, to only get home when it was time to put the children to bed. I wanted weekends to be full of us doing things together, but as time went on I was trying to recover from long working hours and the commute, catching up on all the housework and washing etc, doing things with the children and then getting ready for the next week and paying somebody else to look after my children. I did try 3 days per week, but I just ended up squeezing 5 days work into 3!.  I realised this is not the life I wanted – I had been told I...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Amanda Flanders

interviews May 08, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I’ve had a variety of different jobs, in my career. From school, I followed my passion & worked with horses. I left this after, 15 or so years & started working in retail. I worked in a jewellery store for 8 years, where I worked my way up from a sales assistant, to assistant manager of a £4.5 million turn over store within 2 years. I loved the jewellery trade & learnt as much as I could about jewellery, diamonds & watches. In 2017 I moved to Greece, where I ended up working in bars & restaurants, which was so much fun. I spent lot of the time planning parties & events to attract tourists in the summer & ex pats in the winter.  When I returned from Greece, 2.5yrs ago I went back to the jewellery store I had worked in before.

2.What changed within you when you had children?

My priorities changed & the way I saw everything in...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Tracey Wall

interviews Apr 21, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 My background spans 23 years in financial services fulfilling a multitude of roles and excelling within service, sales and business leadership. In both business and sales management roles, I Ied top ranked high performance teams of multi-million pound businesses. Latterly of those years I flourished as an Area Retail Sales and Service Coach, coaching and mentoring up and down the hierarchy nurturing the personal development, promotional successes and top performances of the area team.

Being so career driven and miscarrying my first baby, I had my first child, my daughter in my 30’s, a bit later than most at the time. She was greatly longed for and I was eternally grateful when she arrived in October of 2003. That day I just knew deep within my core my life was to positively change forever with a promise I made to myself there and then in the moment! Having not enjoyed...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Jude Hill

interviews Apr 11, 2017

1. Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

My Business journey started nearly 20 years ago, I was working for BT and was on maternity leave with my second son, working as a Marketing Manager; my post was made redundant so I took redundancy and started my driving school Business with the funds, this worked well initially I was able to work flexibly take time off for long weekends and nativity plays etc..  I did have dreams of recruiting other driving instructors to do the teaching element & I was going to focus on the marketing & finding clients, but I never found the time to teach, build the business and look after 2 small children.

2.  What changed within you when you had children?

  Rolling on some years and many life experiences later including injuring my back in a severe car accident in 2009 and the break up of my marriage in 2011, I was winding down the Driving school business and moved across...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Lucy Griffin-Stiff

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

Before I set up Leading Conversations and Starting Conversations (my two businesses) I was consulting in the city. I’ve spent the best part of two decades helping big businesses achieve their goals using the power of communication, employee engagement and cultural change.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

I think your whole mindset changes once you become a Mum. You have to put your child’s needs first, you can’t help it. You gain a new perspective on what’s important, and what you have to prioritise.

When I was pregnant with Elsie, I was spending almost 5 hours a day commuting to Canary Wharf and back! I had a really good job, a six figure salary, but I knew I couldn’t go back to doing the same. Not if I wanted to be around for my daughter.

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#mumsmakeithappen by Lynne Geary

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 Before I had children I was a local government accountant and had progressed well in my career to Accountancy Manager and had my sights on Head of Finance at some point. Then a lot of changes started to occur within local government and accountancy in general and I started to enjoy the job less. This coincided with me having my two children quite close together. My return to work after by youngest was a disaster. I returned to find my maternity cover was remaining and there effectively was no job for me. I was bored, unchallenged and paying a fortune for childcare while I sat and largely did nothing all day. So I quite.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

 My priorities definitely changed. Spending time with them and seeing them grow became so much more important than a high...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Soma Ghosh

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I worked as professional careers adviser and my work background mainly consisted of working within the education sector in schools and further education colleges. I have also worked in colleges as a learning mentor and attendance adviser.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

 I don’t currently have children at present but I do hope to be a mum one day and have been married since 2013.

 3.       What inspired your business idea?

My business idea was inspired by me going through redundancy. When I was made, redundant I was transferred over to a new role in the same company. It was a time where I was unsure about who I really was and was constantly questioning what I should be doing. After leaving this job because of an interest of...

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#mumsmakeithappen by - Yvette Ankrah

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.  Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I have worked in marketing and business development for over 20 years. I trained as a journalist before moving into public relations and then worked in marketing and business development across the arts, voluntary sector and education sectors. I trained in coaching and mentoring whilst in employment. I found I was using coaching and mentoring skills with colleagues and also with marketing consultancy clients and decided to focus more on that area.

 2.       What changed within you when you had children?

I no longer wanted to do a long commute into London from Essex and this business started because I became a mother.

 3.       What inspired your business idea?

I switched from working with organisations to women in business because of the women I was meeting at mother and baby groups!  I met...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Louise Cartwright-Orr

interviews Apr 08, 2017

1.       Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I wouldn’t say that I had a career before working for myself – I became a holistic therapist some 20 years ago and have continued my studying journey ever since – qualifiying in several therapies, I went back to college when I was a single mum and then started at Uni studying to become a midwife but that didn’t work out because my kids were too small. I went on to work part time in an office and studied my personal training and fitness qualifications along with nutrition and then most recently my NLP and Time Line Therapy Cert. 

2.       What changed within you when you had children?

Having my children was not a happy time for me. I remember thinking that I was 26 with 2 kids, no prospects, an unhappy marriage and “was this it”. I suffered with severe PND and I...

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