BIMA x The Good Shout | Why Maternity is an *Everyone* Issue

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Join us for an honest and productive panel focused on what women need (and want) in returning to work.

Returning to work after having a baby isn’t easy, whether it’s your first, third or sixth child! Especially for women.

In fact, many women cite a “crisis of confidence” after maternity leave. What used to seem so simple – leading meetings, presenting or using their voice to propose and challenge ideas – feels harder than ever. It can even seem like your industry (and company) has moved on.

Two thirds of women admit feeling drained of self belief when it comes to the idea of returning to work after time away starting a family (Huffington Post, 2015), and nearly 50% of all mothers find it hard reentering the workplace (Lean in, 2020). But matenity is an *everyone* issue. Despite an incredible increase in men taking paternity leave, more work needs to be done to make the transition back from birth a good one.

Join us for an honest and productive panel focused on what women need (and want). There is no easy solution for this, but this optimistic and lively seminar will explore the challenges that women face in the run up to the return, what great looks like when it comes to supporting returning mums, what terrible looks like, and what leaders can easily do to step up.

This event will be under Chathan House Rules.

Host: Lucie Cave, Chief Creative Officer at Bauer and entertainment editor on ITV’s Lorraine


  • Chloë Davis, Founder of It Takes A Village and SimplyMsChloe LTD
  • Anniki Sommerville, Instagram Creator, Author of ‘Motherwhelmed” and Strategic Insights Director at Differentology
  • Rob Mayhew, Creative Director and TikTok creator
  • Lee Beattie, MD of John Doe
  • Izzy Lumsden, Head of B2B Marketing at TikTok

Chloë Davis, Founder of It Takes A Village and SimplyMsChloe LTD

With over 20 years of experience in various business sectors, Chloë Davies is an award winning founder, social impact consultant and leader who is passionate about creating and sustaining inclusive cultures within the workplace and society. She believes that community is the heart of everything and seeks to empower and celebrate the diverse talents and experiences of underrepresented groups, especially Black women and LGBTQ+ people.l whilst advising and supporting social enterprises, organisations and charities on their cultural strategy, inclusion and stakeholder engagement.

As the founder of It Takes A Village, a collective for Black women in advertising, media, comms and marketing, she works with partners to amplify the voices and visibility of this demographic and to create opportunities for their professional growth and recognition.

She is a co-founder of ‘Join Our Table’ – A space to celebrate Black British women’

Chloë is a member of ForbesBLK, WACL, MEFA, BLOOM & Badassery, alongside volunteer roles for UK Black Pride and The London Queer Fashion Show, an Ambassador for Mental Health First Aid England and a Trustee for The London LGBTQ+ Community Centre Charity.

Chloë has been awarded aplenty for her work. Most recently a shortlisted finalist for the 2023 UN Women UK: Unstereotype Alliance Award. She was named in the Campaign 2023 40 over 40, was a 2023 Burberry British Diversity Awards Finalist, 2022 LinkedIn Top Voices: LGBTQIA+, and an OUTstanding LGBT+ Top 100 Executive 2022 & 2021.

Anniki Sommerville, Instagram Creator, Author of ‘Motherwhelmed” and Strategic Insights Director at Differentology

Anniki is a Strategic Insights Director at Differentology and the published author of 5 books. Her most recent being – ‘Fuck Nailing It: How to ditch the job you hate and find work you love.’ She is the mother of two girls and also a content creator.

Rob Mayhew, Creative Director and TikTok creator

Rob Mayhew has over 20 years experience working at many of London’s top agencies and is Creative Director at Gravity Road. He finally put his experience to good use and joined TikTok in lockdown. Using his skills as a stand up comedian, Rob found his ability to shine a light on the agency world with his funny sketches soon earned him over hundreds of thousands of followers on TikTok and LinkedIn. Rob hates writing bios but wants you to know that The Drum called him “Adlands favourite social media star”. He has a 2 year old daughter who likes to call him Papa in an Italian accent.

Lee Beattie, MD of John Doe

Lee Beattie is the Joint CEO of creative agency, John Doe Group. With offices in London, Glasgow and Manchester and a team of 60, the agency delivers culture first work for clients including, Guinness, Instagram, Sports Direct, Pernod Ricard wines, IRN-BRU and Worldwide Cancer Research. Lee is responsible for the People and Culture of the agency as well as heading up Client service. She was one of Adweek’s 2022 female trailblazers and the Marketing Society Star Awards inspirational Agency leader of the year. She lives in Brighton with her wife and two children. Her hobby is sitting in a quiet room alone. With snacks.

Izzy Lumsden, Head of B2B Marketing at TikTok

Isobel [Izzy] Sita-Lumsden is a seasoned marketer with over 22 years of marketing experience across CPG, Publishing, Ad Tech and Media and is now TikTok’s European Head of B2B Marketing, responsible for driving revenue growth for TikTok For Business in the region through innovative and creative campaigns, partnerships, marketing communications and events. With a team of 50 across over 20 markets, Izzy manages a diverse team of marketers, as well as being a qualified coach and mum of 2 young boys.

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Tue, 05 Dec 2023
09:30 - 11:30



The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street #Floor 22, London, SE1 9SG


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