Client Testimonials

We enjoy partnering with our employer partners across sectors, all sharing our commitment to bringing returners back into organisational roles in a supportive and mutually-beneficial way. Here is what they say about working with us.


“At O2 we are always looking for new ways to attract talent and specifically female talent in STEM. Women Returners provided us with a one stop shop of well qualified candidates and professional support to launch the first of our programmes. The team at Women Returners supported us every step of the way, from supporting with the design of our recruitment process, helping to identify the candidates to shaping the programme and training. With a focussed and consultancy approach Women Returners were willing to tailor to suit the company and the requirements of the O2 programme. Following the success of the programme we sponsored the Women Returners Conference which was a massive success and again showed the amazing talent looking to return to the workplace.”

Judith Hunt, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, O2
“We began working with Women Returners on a pilot programme within our Technology division in 2016. Their advice, support and commitment to understanding our business areas was exemplary. Julianne’s participation in client meetings was key to the programme being well received internally and the overall success of the first programme enabled us to expand into other business areas in 2017. We are currently running our 2nd programme [in Investment Management] with their support and have felt like a valued client every step of the way. It is a pleasure to partner with a company whose values are so closely linked with our own and who share a passion for creating meaningful routes back into corporate life”.
Stephanie Marshall, Talent Acquisition Lead UK & Ireland, Fidelity International


I believe that working with Women Returners is the most effective and efficient way to run a returner programme. They have the expertise, the networks and the knowledge and provide a specialised and independent source of support to HR and to the participant group. After 30 years in HR, I have extensive experience but not of supporting people back to work after long career breaks. Women Returners made this process easy for us and were a major factor in the success of the returnship. I would not run another programme without them.”

Julie Thornton, Head of HR, Tideway


“We launched our Career Returner Programme to attract talented qualified professionals to a career in local government. This was a key part of our recruitment strategy to recruit to roles where we have traditionally struggled to source good candidates. Working with Women Returners we recognised there is an ‘untapped’ talent pool of local people looking to return to their profession following an extended career break.  Women Returners were an obvious partner as they have achieved so much in this area and have extensive experience as well as a vast network of potential candidates.  Women Returners have provided the coaching element of the Programme which will support our candidates back into meaningful work following their career break. I’m confident that our Returners will all go on to have successful careers at Enfield Council. This is an important initiative and I’m proud that Enfield Council is the first public sector organisation to launch a returner programme. I would highly recommend Julianne and her team at Women Returners to any organisation.” 

Julie Mimnagh, Head of HR Operations, Enfield Council