Charlotte Speak

Charlotte Speak, Power Of The Parent

For over 12 years Charlotte has worked in a variety of commercially driven HR roles largely in Talent Management and Learning and Development.  Her drive for helping others be at their best is grounded in a passion for strengths based coaching, which coupled with her creative approach helps her clients to unlock new ways of thinking.  Charlotte’s coaching assignments have stretched right across the organization – typically mid-level and senior leaders, but she has also supported front line staff through focussed programmes as well as designing and facilitating team development alongside Executives. 


Charlotte’s mission is about equality and generating conversations about the power of the parent. They return to work with so many untapped skills and experiences, she is driven by tackling what is often seen as a deficit and instead showing all the amazing things that can happen for businesses when they have working parents on their side.  She loves working with women to help them nail their return, often focusing on confidence (re)building, bringing practical tips on managing the juggle and helping them prepare for what might feel like challenging conversations. Some of Charlotte’s work is with businesses where she will support line managers when it comes to creating the best possible experience for returners, balancing business needs with retaining incredible talent.  


Charlotte loves learning, and any opportunities to bring greater depth to her knowledge are grabbed with both hands. She is a champion of asking powerful questions and always operates with the belief that clients have the answers, they just need support in finding them. Charlotte values reflection and planning time – she is a firm believer that having quality thinking time will get you where you need to be.

Charlotte lives in Leeds with her husband and two young children who do a fantastic job of keeping them on their toes and showing them life through a fresh pair of inquisitive eyes, every day.  She loves to travel, work her way through a growing reading list and take any opportunity to make memories with her family.


David Walton

David Walton is an expert employment lawyer who specialises in providing commercial solutions for employment problems to businesses and individuals alike. As Head of Gorvins’ Employment department, he advises across a full range of both contentious and non-contentious employment issues, for both employers and employees.

David is an experienced litigator and advocate in the Employment Tribunal and has had significant success defending employment claims on behalf of employers. As well as providing day-to-day advice to his employer clients, David also has expertise in more complex employment issues such as whistleblowing, TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations), which broadly protects employees if the business in which they are employed changes hands, the role of directors, and the application and enforceability of restrictive covenants.

David deals with all cases in a very professional and efficient yet friendly manner. Going above and beyond for his clients to provide a high quality service as well as measured advice, working not only for a business but with them to provide the best possible outcome. 


Danielle Ayres

Danielle has a variety of experience working with both employer and employee clients.  She provides employer clients with day to day employment advice ranging from recruitment, contractual issues and policy drafting, through to advice throughout the working relationships and on termination of employment.  She has experience in advising clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants.  She also has particular expertise in dealing with the advice and negotiation connected with settlement agreements for employer clients.   Danielle has vast experience in dealing with Employment Tribunal cases for employers, defending unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, as can be seen from the case studies provided.  Danielle has a keen interest in maternity and pregnancy related discrimination cases and assists her employer clients with issues such as flexible working applications, and family friendly rights.

 Danielle also provides corporate assistance to Gorvins’ corporate/commercial team on transactions which require employment support, such as TUPE transfers, business acquisitions and sales and drafting service agreements for senior personnel.

Helen Bryce

Helen is the founder of Guilty Mothers Club. she has four children and lives in Manchester, UK. 

Helen has over a decades experience in HR, specifically leadership / talent management and has spent the last 8 years designing and delivering training and development programmes. From recruiting coaches and creating mentoring schemes through to launching an entire leadership academy, she has trained hundreds of people of all levels and roles and she is hooked on personal development. 

Helen returned to work for a large corporate after maternity leave so she understands the challenges this brings. She felt first hand the overwhelm, the compromises and also sadly the discrimination some women face. She also experienced running a start up around nap times and is now lucky enough to be doing work she loves and feels so passionate about. She genuinely believes that the world will be a better place when more women are able to fulfil their potential so she’s all about embracing motherhood but not letting it hold us back.

Ursula Tavender

Following a decade working in corporate communications Ursula set up Mumbelievable, a blog and business dedicated to supporting parents to return to work, stay in the workforce and progress in the careers they love. In 2017, having realised that she could make more of a difference by helping companies to increase support, inclusion and progression opportunities for working parents and carers, she established Taking Care of Business, a consultancy that helps businesses of all sizes devise simple solutions to change culture, increase productivity and retention, reduce costs, enhance diversity and close their gender pay gaps. 


“Flexibility is the one thing that has the power to transform the lives of each and every person at work. I believe with all my heart that when businesses embrace flexibility in sustainable, committed ways magic can happen and suddenly the doors open for more people to get back to work, stay and crucially, fulfil their career development ambitions. I’ve pulled together all the experiences I’ve gained working with organisations of all different sizes and industries to develop toolkits and training with the aim of simplifying flexible working so it can become a reality for everyone.”

Anna Ives

Anna has over 10 years HR experience in a number of large organisations. She has a degree in Business, specialising in HR, a Master of Arts in HR management, and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development).

Anna specialises in all things flexible working from supporting businesses and individuals to work in a modern flexible way. From supporting on what is legally required with flexible working, the different types of flexible working, how to make flexible working work for any business, creating working policies, and training for businesses.

Anna also operates a flexible working helpline for individuals on how to make flexible working applications and how to appeal if these have been rejected. Anna delivers our flexible working training.

"I would definitely recommend Anna's services and wouldn't hesitate to contact her again for any official documents for my business" - Karen Witchalls-Plunkett, PMP Agency

"Anna's knowledge and expertise in employment law is excellent, and the level of service she provided was second to none, never failing to go the extra mile. Anna provided excellent service and support and is extremely professional and knowledgable on all levels of HR" - E. Bolton

"Anna has been a tremendous addition to our panel of experts and her prompt and helpful answers to readers' questions on a whole range of employment issues are much appreciated. Too often working parents are not aware of their rights, particularly around complex issues, and Anna provides an invaluable source of expert information." - Mandy Garner, Editor,

Nova Reid

Nova Reid

Nova started her career as a professional actress and singer in theatre, performing to audiences of over 10,000 at Wembley Arena. This continues to serve her well with a joy for public speaking and storytelling.  It was after an injury that she re-trained as a holistic therapist, which fuelled her passion for positive wellbeing and a desire to contribute.

She started her professional training in mental health and disability in 2010. She has a therapeutic background in counselling skills and over 9 years extensive experience working in mental wellbeing. She has worked with notable organisations including MIND.

She is a certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Life Coach, accredited by the Professional Guild of NLP, she has a background in counselling skills, is a Mindfulness teacher (Stanton Psychology) and enjoys being invited as a regular mentor at Women of the World (WOW) Festival. She works with an exclusive number of private clients to help them discover their purpose and step into a life with more joy.

She Uses her background in counselling skills, 9 years experience in mental health and disability,  and she focusses on mindset and culture change. She teaches individuals and brands about the power of embracing diversity and how to confront bias and prejudice to improve business and societal impact, leading to long-lasting and authentic change.

“Real change starts from within. I work with individuals and organisations holistically and authentically to encourage and inspire positive change. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to be in a position to inspire and to help others