Writer

I am an international writer and author and a former long-serving journalist at the Financial Times and Reuters. I co-wrote the books Future Work (Palgrave Macmillan) with Peter Thomson, and the award-winning Why Women Mean Business (Wiley) with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. I also contributed A Gender Power Shift in the Making to the book Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age (BBVA).

I had a long career as a journalist and I continue to write on a freelance basis about leadership, inclusion and diversity, and the changing world of work and careers. I’ve also written special reports, including: ‘Closing the Gender Gap’ for The Conference Board; a guide to flexible working and a report on the over-50s workforce for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

I was on the staff of the Financial Times, as a news editor, reporter and management feature writer, from 1986 to 2006. During my eight years as management writer, I interviewed a wide range of prominent figures for my column on leadership. I wrote series on business ethics and on the ageing workforce, and led special reports, including Responsible Business and Business & Diversity.

In 2012, I received a ‘World of Difference 100 Award’ from The International Alliance for Women for my writing on women and work. In 2004, the FT features team and I won the first media award given by The Conference Board Europe ‘for having raised awareness and public consciousness of the issues of diversity and work-life balance’.

In my earlier FT career, I led editorial coverage of world stock markets during the 1987 global crash, was European news editor when Eastern Europe opened up after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and reported on food and agriculture at the height of ‘Mad Cow Disease’ and genetically modified foods. All of these were busy and exciting beats, and I particularly loved my time working on Europe.

Prior to the FT, I was a journalist for Reuters in London and Paris, and before that I did my journalist training at the Liverpool Post & Echo.

The Books

Future Work

Work is transforming in the digital age. This book sets out the compelling case for a similar transformation in organizational cultures to boost output, cut costs, give employees more freedom and contribute to a greener economy.

Future Work, published in an expanded and updated second edition in 2014, features insightful case studies and updates on fast-moving trends. It provides a clear framework and advice on introducing new ways of working for leaders, managers and employees, with an extra chapter on how individuals can make change happen.

It takes bold leadership and a break with old habits – but the benefits from adapting to the new world of work are already available, and organizations should grasp the opportunities now.

Watch the fact-packed short video: Future Work, Changing World

Why Women Mean Business

Gender is a business issue, not a women’s issue. This powerful book brings together in a single, concise volume the multiplicity of opportunities available to companies that really understand what motivates women in the global workplace and marketplace.

Women today make up much of the market and most of the talent pool. Reaching women consumers and developing female talent is essential for sustainable economic growth in the 21st century. Studies show that better gender balance in business means better bottom line results and greater resistance to economic crises.

The book shows why getting gender balance right matters. Packed with ideas from companies that have made it work, it offers views from top business leaders and a step-by-step guide to how we can all become gender bilingual.

 

The Books

Future Work (2ndEd) jacket cover“This book provides challenging and persuasive examples of the need to change and is recommended as a wake-up call to the corporate world” Management Today

“An invaluable resource for anyone who needs to increase employee productivity and reduce costs, and wants to do so in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable” Stephen Leonard, General Manager Global Markets – Systems & Technology, IBM

 

Why women mean business“Innovative and stimulating” The Financial Times

“A fascinating analysis” Cherie Blair

 

“Any company that is serious about success must get serious about women, and this book shows them how” Margaret Heffernan