A move towards a model of shared parenting is vital if we are serious about unleashing the economic potential of women. If we want to enable men to be more involved in raising their own children, the stigma of ‘men as carers’ in society or in the workplace needs to end.

For both of these aims, take up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a key indicator. Enlightened employers have already understood that this is vital to their gender diversity aims.

My Family Care is working to gather more data and knowledge on how SPL is currently being used by parents and promoted by employers; and from that to spread best practice advice on the basket of options and enablers open to employers seeking to see improve the gender diversity and engagement of their workforces.

By working together with the Women’s Business Council, they have gathered more qualitative data and knowledge on how Share Parental Leave is currently being used by parents and how it is being promoted by employers as an engagement and retention tool.

In this webinar they’ll be sharing the findings of the research and their ongoing work with clients in this area and inviting leading employer panelists to comment on the experiences within their organisations.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director and Head of Coaching & Consultancy will be sharing a first look at this research and the implications facing employers and employees in our free live webinar on today @ 11am where she will be joined by:

  • Tony Horan, Head of Human Capital & Diversity at Accenture UK, discussing their success and recent celebration of their 150th father taking up shared parental leave.

Tony transferred to an internal role with Accenture in March 2015 and is accountable for all Accenture UK and Ireland Talent Strategy, Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership Development, Workforce Effectiveness and Employee Engagement initiatives. Outside work, Tony is married to Amalie who is an Assistant Director at the Cabinet Office, and lives in Battersea. They have two children Mia (4½ years old) and Alexander (7 months).

    • Xanic Jones, EMEA Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Citi, who will be talking about Citi’s experiences and why they believe it’s had a positive impact on talent attraction.

    Xanic’s responsibilities cover the development and integration of Citi’s workforce diversity strategy for attracting diverse talent, workforce development, fostering an inclusive work environment, and ensuring management accountability within EMEA

    • Stefan Martin, Partner at Hogan Lovells, providing a legal perspective and exploring employers’ legal concerns going forward.

    Stefan is a highly-accomplished employment lawyer having practiced for 20 years across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Stefan also provides practical and strategic advice in relation to any employment issue a business is likely to face, guiding employers through some of their most sensitive employee related challenges.

    Sign up for free to take part and listen to the webinar at 11am today here!




Rebecca joined the HRreview editorial team in January 2016. After graduating from the University of Sheffield Hallam in 2013 with a BA in English Literature, Rebecca has spent five years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past she has been part of the editorial teams at Sleeper and Dezeen and has founded her own arts collective.