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Diana Wolfin : founder of Changing Direction
Diana Wolfin specialises in helping women return to work after a career break, giving guidance and advice on holding it all together once you get there and devising work-life balance strategies for all.
Having worked for ten years at the University of Westminster running "Return to Work" courses for women, ethnic minority groups and those embarking upon self-employment, Diana started up Changing Direction in 2000, aiming to provide training, support, guidance and coaching to women as they prepare to re-enter the job market, are thinking about doing so or have done so and need advice.
Diana has conducted significant research in this subjects and broadcasts regularly, both on television and radio, on related topics. She has also written a book, "Back to Work - A Guide for Women Returners", co-authored with her colleague Susan Foreman. This is intended to be a guide for women to help them bridge the gap between home and career, with a focus on work-life balance; it also includes a directory of useful organisations and addresses as well as information from an employment lawyer and an accountant on legal and financial matters.
A returner herself, after 20 years at home bringing up her four children, Diana has a special interest in work-life balance and understands only too well the position of women returners as well as those juggling work and other commitments. She has a degree in French and German from London University.
To contact Diana direct for details of her consultations and charges, please use the following:
Changing Direction PO Box 164 Pinner Middx HA5 3YL
Tel 020 8868 7818
Lorraine Thomas : founder of the Parent Coaching Academy
Lorraine and her team of professional Parent Coaching Academy coaches support parents as they make major decisions about family life and develop creative ways to solve family problems. The Academy works with parents of children of all ages on all family issues, in the UK, USA and Europe.
Lorraine Thomas is the UK's leading Parent Coach as featured in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Independent, BBC and ITV's This Morning. She is also a regular contributor to the national magazine Practical Parenting. She is the Chief Executive of The Parent Coaching Academy, a pioneering organisation working with parents who are motivated, passionate and committed to being the best parents possible.
It also runs a successful programme working with cutting-edge employers committed to developing initiatives to support parents in the workplace.
Lorraine has worked for 20 years in the national media, corporate and voluntary sectors. She has three children, Joshua aged 5, Holly aged 2 and a 16 year-old-stepson, Ben. She is married to Jerry, a broadcaster and writer.
Lorraine is a working mother who is well aware of the challenges facing all parents and she knows from her own personal experience how Coaching can transform people's lives. She gave up a career as a successful television executive to become a Parent Coach and establish the UK's first Parent Coaching Academy.
Lorraine has a first-class Honours Degree in Education from Cambridge and is accredited with Distinction by The Coaching Academy. She is a qualified teacher who has worked extensively with parents. She is also committed to contributing to the voluntary sector.
The Parent Coaching Academy is committed to supporting the pioneering national charity Parentalk and works in association with it on a range of initiatives. .The Academy and Parentalk are committed to inspiring parents and supporting them in the most rewarding, challenging and important job that they will do in their lives.
Contact Details: www.theparentcoachingacademy.com
phone 020 8693 1231 or 07770 917 130
Marlene Shalton : Financial Planner with Chambers Morgan James
Marlene J Shalton (Ms) Director, Chambers Morgan James Financial Management, MSC(Econ), MSFA, FIFP, Certified Financial Planner.
Marlene established her IFA practice in 1991 after serving 13 years as a probation officer and a wish for a career break. She now has a very loyal client bank and has established herself for some time as a financial planner on a fee basis. She contributes regularly to national press and has a weekly personal finance column in the local press. In addition she has appeared on TV on Working Lunch, Panorama and as general commentator on financial issues. She is a long time member of the Institute of Financial Planning and is now a Board Director. She was shortlisted in the Woman IFA of the Year competition in 2002..
At one time she ran the business single handed whilst bringing up her daughter Laura alone. Laura now aged 23, graduated as a maths student last year and subsequently joined the practice. Marlene married her partner of 10 years in December. With fewer family commitments she feels able to give more time in helping to develop policies, practice and become more involved in marketing the business. “I am an ardent believer in giving clients value added service, as well as developing on-going relationships. It is important to me that the public sees the work of the quality IFA as professional.”
Marlene J Shalton Director and Certified Financial Planner Chambers Morgan James Financial Management
Tel. 029 20560020
Fax. 029 20560028