Jennifer Liston-SmithBright Horizons Head of Thought Leadership
For over 20 years, Jennifer has been relentless in pursuit of innovation, identifying, defining and sharing best practice and ‘next practice’ for leading global employers in flexible working, family-friendly and wellbeing programmes, closing the gender pay gap and promoting gender-inclusive parenting. She is a sought-after speaker, writer, conference moderator and consultant on these topics and more.
Jennifer set-up, and for a decade led, the Coaching & Consultancy side of what became Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions advising employers in banking, professional services, STEM and wider sectors on programmes for working parents and carers and evaluating their impact and ROI, as well as developing coaches and coaching capability.
She now focuses on identifying overarching trends through research and through advising employers and translating these insights into solutions and practical actions.
Simone Reilly (Chartered MCIPD)Burges Salmon Wellbeing Lead and Senior L&D Partner
Simone has worked as a people professional for 15 years and in Burges Salmon’s People team for the past 12 years. She took on the role of Wellbeing Lead at the end of 2022. In this time she has supported the business achieve Investors in People Platinum, assisted a number of lawyers with their day-to-day work-life challenges and helped them understand and reach their potential, something Simone is particularly passionate about. Simone set up Burges Salmon’s partnership with My Family Care in 2015 and established Burges Salmon’s Family Matters network shortly after.
Cathy BrownHandley Studios Ltd. Co-Founder
Cathy (she/her) works with people and organisations to create inclusive, healthy and more productive workplaces that work for everyone.
A renowned leader, speaker and communicator, Cathy blends curiosity and empathy with deep cross-sector experience. She prides herself on helping people move out of stressful situations to create human-focused workplace cultures where compassion and connectedness – and people – are encouraged and valued.
Cathy has led organisations across a range of industries including Engage for Success (the UK’s movement for Employee Engagement), and has helped to transform many more through her work as Capability Brown, and most recently at Management Geek.
Cathy carries her personal experience of neurodivergence into the solutions she co-creates with her clients, through conversations, commitment and curiosity - helping them to manage themselves and their teams in ways that work for everyone.