‘Working Mothers: The Essential Guide.’
Following the successful setup of my award winning website mother@work I was approached to write a handbook for working mums by Forward Press. The book was first published in July ’06 and has been revised and updated several times since.
The book covers a range of subjects from types of flexible working arrangements to what financial help you could be eligible for as well as dealing with guilt at work and home and the role of fathers, making time for you and working for yourself to name a few.
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“Practical, easy to read and clearly broken down, this book does what it says on the tin.”
Pregnancy, Baby and You
“Working mums have to deal with everything from the guilt of leaving their kids to choosing the most effective child care. This no-nonsense guide looks at issues such as maternity rights, tax credits, starting your own business and important emotional issues faced by many. As a working mum, I found this guide a practical and useful read.”
“This great little guide tells you everything you will need to know if you choose to return to work after having a baby. Probably the definitive Essential Guide to returning to work.”
“This handy sized, readable book contains lots of useful information, not just for parents, who I feel it is primarily aimed at, but for anyone involved in caring for children. It provides a useful reference to help answer parent’s questions. The book includes lists of websites and straight forward information given in an interesting style.”
Christine Greaves, National Childminding Association.
“It’s never easy being a working mum and trying to juggle getting the kids to and from school, arranging childcare, taking time off for sickness and school closures, and holding down a job…So you might want to take a look at the Revised 2008 edition of Working Mothers – The Essential Guide. It talks common sense and offers practical advice with tips and some ideas that might have been too obvious to think of.”
Mike Davies, Primary Times
“At the time of my first born there were not books about the subject that I knew of and the internet wasn’t a big thing either (Oh my that makes me sound ancient). When I started to read this book I realised how fabulous it would have been if I had had this book back then. I know hindsight is a wonderful thing but I think this book cracks a lot of the issues that as a new working mother you (and your partner if you have one) struggle with.”
“‘Working Mothers – The Essential Guide’ covers a wide range of subjects in just enough depth that you get a good understanding of each, but not so much that you risk getting overwhelmed.
"This book isn’t just for new mums, though. It would be useful if you were returning to work after a career break, changing your job or just feeling frazzled by life as a working mum. It looks at balancing work with a family of any age, too. In fact I picked up some tips about delegating chores to kids that I’ll be trying out when my children are a bit older!”
“Whether you are employed or self employed, this is an excellent book. It is very easy to read and I found I could relate well to Denise’s informal writing style. She writes clearly and concisely without being patronising and you can tell much of what is written is from experience. I read the book cover to cover for my review, but you could easily use it as a reference book.
“I found the chapters on time management, working from home tips and positivity, particularly relevant to myself (I think positivity is so important) and there is also a whole chapter on the guilt we can sometimes feel as working Mums which is essential reading!”
“The book is laid out really well, it is really easy to read, sections are clear and the bullet point format makes it perfect to flick through when you want to go over the different sections. A tiny confession; I scribbled on pretty much every page as I read it, to make a note of something to look into or for the future!”
Recommended by Care for the Family:
Thirty Seven Stories
My short story entitled ‘I’m Watching You’ was accepted for publication as part of an anthology called Thirty Seven Stories by Biscuit Jar Publications.
“A fine range of story ideas, engagingly written.”
John Riches, Director of QueensPark Books
Below are some of the highlights of my career to date. Further details available on request.
Press Operations Manager, AELTC for the Wimbledon Championships, 2009 - 2018
Press Officer with Team GB (BOA) in Sydney at the 2000 Olympics
Chief Press Officer at the Team GB Holding Camp (BOA), Cyprus for the 2004 Olympics
Chief Press Officer to Team England at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, 2002
Senior Press Officer at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2002 - 15
Press Officer to Brighton Marathon Weekend 2015 onwards
Agencies/Organisations worked for:
API, London (now Octagon) – Media and Communications Manager
TEAM Marketing, Lucerne, Switzerland (UEFA Champions League) – Marketing and Event Manager
Raleigh International, London (including expedition in Zimbabwe) – Press Officer
Dewynters, London, West End Theatre marketing – Marketing Manager
Retained PR clients:
Loughborough University, Sussex Sports Awards, Coutts, Professional Rugby Players Association, Professional Cricketers Association, English Institute of Sport, Leicester Tigers, Clarke Wilmott and Clarke Solicitors, Major League Baseball, Warner Bros. Smash Tennis
Titles regularly contributed to include:
The Times, The Sportswoman, Skylines (BA’s in-flight magazine), Action for Children (charity website), Accommodation Management magazine, H Magazine, Supernanny (offshoot of the popular TV series), Safekids.com, Homes Overseas magazine, Running Rugby, Sponsorshiponline.co.uk, wifesgone.com, Management Accounting magazine, Active Sussex Sports Awards programme, Homes Overseas Earl’s Court exhibition brochure.
mother@work - September 2003 – January 2010:
Editor and writer of award winning website mother@work, a web based monthly magazine for working mothers.
Coordinator of contributing freelancers, image sourcing, CMS management. Includes interviews with Jenny Murray, Shirley Conran, Prue Leith, Penny Streeter and Rachel Elnaugh among others. Established annual awards at Downing Street and City Hall with Sarah Brown, former PM's wife, a key supporter from the start.
I was also a regular contributor to news related interviews and documentaries including BBC News, C5 news, Sky, CNN, various newspaper and magazine articles as well as BBC national and regional radio as a spokesperson for working mothers.
Recipient of the Bud Collins Award for outstanding media relations skills, awarded by the International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) at the O2 in 2016.
BA Hons in Public Media and English Literature, Leeds University
MA Text and Performance Studies, King’s College, London and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)