We are both parents who have taken a career break, returned to work and also started a business.

We met on the school run and subsequently have  job shared a role at Brunel University for the past 5 years working with industry and small businesses to help them with innovation and growth via mentoring, workshops and collaborative projects.

We are applying this experience and great connections we have made to create an exciting and engaging programme of short courses, run by experts, to help and inspire parents who want a better family and work-life balance.

 

Our focus is on helping parents with the challenges that family life brings from transitioning back to work and juggling work-life balance, to highly relevant topics such family nutrition/wellbeing and e-safety. We are constantly evolving our programme by listening to parents, hearing their stories and identify unmet needs.

The name Multiple Minds is key to our business and the way in which we work. We collaborate with experts to share their knowledge and expertise with our community of parents.

We believe that ‘multiple minds are better than one’, this is ingrained in our business philosophy, in the way we work, in building up our network of fabulous business professionals and in the community of parents who come together at our events. You never know who you may meet and who will make a difference or inspire you to decide on your future work options or path!

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Paula Neal
Before having my children I worked for over 10 years as a specialist ‘Human- Centred’ researcher for the design and innovation industry, which was great fun!
I spent my days observing and understanding people living in Europe and the US and using behaviour insights to inspire designers to develop new products and services including children’s toys, domestic appliances, mobiles, consumer technology and even fire fighter equipment and industrial wearables!

I worked for both large international corporates such as BT and NCR and an innovative design consultancy called PDD. Then when my children were born it was a chance to reconsider my options, take some time off and enjoy being a Mum!
Amanda Baker
I have a graphic design background and worked in the Advertising Production industry for over 10 years before having my two children.
It was a buzzing environment and I loved every moment, overseeing projects ranging from bespoke publications through to multinational campaigns and setting up online production systems for clients such as Clarks, Sainsbury’s, O2, GE, and Renault.

When I had my children I realised that I wanted to spend more time with them and enjoy seeing them grow up and develop, so I started working part time which fitted in with our family life.

Network of Experts

Clare Cohen
Business Psychologist & Coach
Clare is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with an MSc in Psychometrics, and a Post-Graduate qualification in Coaching. She has enjoyed 20 years of international coaching and consulting experience.

Her coaching model and approach is grounded in sound psychological principles but also draws upon perspectives offered by Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, Somatics and Mindfulness practice.

Most recently her interests draw her towards encouraging clients to adopt a more holistic approach to their development. The mental, physical, and emotional dimensions are all integral to a person’s wellbeing, performance and fulfillment and Clare incorporates all these considerations into her approach.
Vanessa Corrigan
Personal Stylist
Vanessa Corrigan is a Personal Style Coach and Personal Shopper who is passionate about helping women gain confidence in their appearance.

Using the Colour Psychology system to give her insight, she is able to guide them to find a style that works for their personality, lifestyle, colouring and body shape.

‘I understand that as your life evolves your body, lifestyle and the fashion trends will change, which can cause you to struggle with how to dress. I work with my clients to make small changes that can have a huge effect on their confidence, and help them to stand out for all the right reasons’.

http://vanessacorrigan.co.uk/
Nick Gray
LTA Level 3 Tennis Club Coach
Nick has moved into a career in coaching after being a playing member at Surbiton Tennis Club. He has been coaching for several years, moving quickly through his qualifications and passed his Level 3 qualification in May 2015.

Nick coaches both junior and adult players specialising in beginner and intermediate Club play, where he can use his knowledge to help players progress and integrate into the club environment.

www.surbiton.org
Mike Hughes
Personal Fitness Trainer
I’ve always been interested in health and fitness and have always been a very active person being a keen skier and cyclist with a love of the outdoors.

I retrained as a personal trainer in 2010 after a 25 year career in corporate sales when I was offered the chance to take a voluntary redundancy package.

After qualifying in 2010 I worked for Nuffield Health for four years and left last year to go freelance. Being a single parent this allows me the flexibility to take care of my 11 year old daughter.

Over the next few years I want to inspire and motivate people to take control of their own health, fitness and general wellbeing by empowering them with the knowledge and experience I have gained over the last five years.

My alteration in career direction has quite literally been life changing and I love nothing better than to have the chance to help people improve their quality of life through the benefits a healthy active life style can bring.
Louise Jenner-Clarke
Nutritional Therapist
Louise Jenner-Clarke
B.Soc, BA Hons, Dip ION, MBANT, CNHC

Louise graduated from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in Richmond after completing two Psychology degrees in South Africa.

Her interest lies in the interaction of nutrition in the body and how this can impact a person psychologically, physically and emotionally. She is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and is regulated by the British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

She currently runs the Healthy Weight Programme for Nuffield Health West Byfleet where she is based. Louise believes that wellness is more than an absence of illness. Wellness is having the energy to do the things you dream of. A healthy body and mind starts with the nourishment of every cell in your body.
Jenny Mayhew
Professional CV writing expert
Jenny Mayhew has worked in the City for nearly 20 years within Investment Banking and Wealth Management, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.

She now divides her time between running a Relationship Management team, and providing advice and support for individuals trying to improve or restart their careers.
Muriel McClymont
Coach & Trainer
A career break to have my children also became a career change when I knew I wanted to find alternative work that was more compatible for me than returning to senior management in the corporate world.

I considered what parts of my corporate life I had most enjoyed, and identified that it was working with people. I then trained as a coach, which I love and which I share in the additional forms of training and writing.

It is very important to me to work with people to help them find what they want to do, and to offer them the support and tools they need to achieve that.

As a Coach and Trainer I work with a range of organisations including FEU Training, Equity, BFI Academy in Wales, GFTU and Directors UK. I cover many topics most notably Confidence Building, Presentation Skills, Negotiation, Goals, Resilience, Sales, Change Management and Leadership.

A member of The Association for NLP Professions (ANLP) and a published author, I recently contributed a chapter on Developing Resilience in The PPD Learning NLP Practice Group Book.
Fiona Quinn
Business Coach
Since 2010 Fiona has been combining her expertise in sustainability and vision for entrepreneurial opportunity to create a series of ethical businesses, including an award winning local organic veg box.

She is also a passionate coach for entrepreneurs focusing on the startup phase. With a zest for helping people achieve their potential,

Fiona has developed a unique approach to coaching that is grounded in who we are as individuals, but is equally very much forward looking and action orientated.

She's also an enthusiastic adventurer and is currently preparing for a source to sea Cam Triathlon.

Fionaquinncoaching.com

@Fiona_LQ/FionaQuinnCoaching
Bobi Robson
Digital Communications specialist
I am a Digital Communications specialist experienced in Integrated Digital Strategy, Social Media, Search Engine Optimisation, Search Engine Marketing, Email Marketing, Website Design (front end) and Analytics.
 
Practicing as a digital communications consultant from January 2016, I bring over 5 years’ experience working in professional communications environments. Since setting up in practice I have worked with charities to deliver an integrated digital campaigns and  supported them through a transition in their permanent team; local community projects to deliver and implement digital communications strategies; several small businesses to improve the content of their website; built training programmes for a range of businesses to help them reach their ambitions online; and worked with local businesses to support them through the launch & maintenance of their online presence. 

Bobi Robson Digital www.bobirobson.net
Dr Alison Whybrow
Chartered and Registered Psychologist & Coach
I describe myself as a psychologist and coach and sometimes, a coaching psychologist. I’ve always worked in the area of enabling organisations and people to be the best that they can be, paying attention to the impact that choices, decisions and habits have, and what to do to intervene when things are not optimal.

The main thrust of my work in the last decade has been coaching. Driving the coaching profession, writing, leading masters programmes and developing my own coaching practice.

I now work with individuals, teams and whole organizational systems across sectors and at times, internationally. I first set up my own business in 2000. However, a natural collaborator, I am always part of multiple teams and enjoy the creative possibilities offered by new connections.

Professionally, I am a Chartered and Registered Psychologist and a qualified Coaching Supervisor.

www.alisonwhybrow.com