MEET THE TEAM
JESSICA CHIVERS, FOUNDER AND CEO
I’m the founder of The Talent Keeper Specialists and the author of Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work (Hay House, 2011). I’m on a mission to iron out the issues that stop women and returning talent taking up positions they’re capable of but don’t do the ironing at home.
I work with employers to shape inclusive workplace cultures and support the transitions of career returners and women stepping into leadership roles. I’ve coached teams and individuals, and designed learning and culture development initiatives, for organisations such as Barclays, the BBC, Cancer Research UK, Everything Everywhere, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Lloyds, Marks & Spencer, RBS, Santander and Veolia.
A science graduate who chose business over a PhD, I started my career in the City in learning and development at Barclays before pursuing a career as a coaching psychologist. I worked with The Mind Gym for nearly a decade, designing and delivering development programmes for managers from blue-chips to SMEs in a variety of industries. As a coaching psychologist, member of the British Psychological Society and Accredited Executive Coach (Associaton for Coaching) I take an evidence-based approach to assist people in improving their performance and wellbeing at work and beyond, often sharing relevant practical research insights too.
I’m a feminist who wonders why any right-minded person wouldn’t be. I have two sparky children, I’m a running evangelist (check out my Twitter hashtag #RunWithASmile) – and I’m a fully loved-up whippet owner. Find me on Twitter @jesschivers and us @TalentKeepersUK.
‘In my 25 years in HR, leadership development, coaching and mentoring, I’ve worked closely with senior leaders and executive board members to design and implement mentoring and coaching schemes, facilitate talent management and lead flagship leadership development programmes. I’m perhaps best-known for creating Asda’s MumtoMum internal mentoring scheme.
‘I’m the co-author of Mentoring New Parents at Work and hold an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffield Hallam University Business School.
‘Beyond work, I absolutely love to spend time cooking “with colour” for the family (“go for the rainbow” is my motto!) and walking with friends in the inspirational Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
My specialism is coaching individuals through maternity leave, redundancy and career change. As well as bringing my own personal experience of many of these challenges, I’m fully accredited with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development to MCIPD status. My background is in human resources, with 15 successful years working for Barclays Bank and BAE Systems in various roles from talent development to senior HR management. I qualified as a career coach in 2008, and have since worked extensively with senior management. My passion has always been coaching individuals to be the best they can be. I live with my husband and three young boys in West Sussex, where I love to spend free time running and cycling through the countryside.
I’m Charlotte – a strengths coach, mum to two little girls, wife to one husband, failing book worm and a wannabe baker. My background is in Talent Management and Learning and Development. I love helping others be at their best (which is where the strengths coaching comes in) and I pride myself on having a creative but practical approach to support my clients unlock new ways of thinking. I love to see people connect with what energises them and help them figure out how to do more of what they love. I definitely fall into the ‘always curious’ category and any opportunities to bring greater depth to my knowledge are grabbed with both hands. I’m a champion of asking powerful questions and I always operate with the belief that we all have the answers we’re looking for within us, but sometimes we need a bit of support in finding them.
I’m a certified life and career coach who is committed to helping female professionals build careers they love whilst raising a family. A qualified corporate/commercial lawyer with over 10 years’ legal experience, I host the More Than A Lawyer podcast and am also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. I use my coaching skills and knowledge of the challenges professional women face to support both ambitious women transitioning into motherhood and organisations that want to improve female talent retention rates. When not coaching or practising law, I’m to be found spending time with my hubby and two children, or binge-listening to educational podcasts…
ALI BARLOW, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PR
I’ve got 15 years of professional marketing experience, predominantly in the insurance marketplace, where I’ve worked for a number of international insurers and brokers. I’ve got the CII and CIM qualifications too.
I love my job as nothing gives me more satisfaction that getting to know my customers and creating the appropriate communications for them in the right channels. I’m also passionate about the importance of a more balanced and inclusive approach to workplace culture.
My hobbies? Football, darts and my own little Hammer!
TRISH ANDERSON, CHIEF ORGANISER & TEAM SUPPORT
Trish is our Chief Organisational Officer; the ‘invisible woman’ most clients don’t meet and without whom we’d be up the creek without a paddle. From scheduling coaching sessions and analysing workshop feedback to fixing technical glitches, she’s a vital part of the team.
One of Trish’s best qualities is her anticipation of what’s coming next (or what should be) and cracking on accordingly.
Trish has a BA Hons in Business Management and International Business. She has three daughters and is often found cheering them on at Irish dancing, swimming and cross-country. Any spare minutes are spent experimenting in the kitchen (with mixed results she says) and can touch her nose with her tongue.