Menopause experts and team

Our highly skilled team of menopause in the workplace experts help you introduce the right awareness, education, policies and practices into your organisation.

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Sharon Vibert
Menopause trainer

Having an ovary removed after childbirth, followed by surgical menopause following a full oophorectomy in her mid-40s, gave Sharon a new perspective on her life. Managing her symptoms using a blend of natural...

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…methods and HRT,  she decided to use her experiences to support other women through menopause.

Her previous work in recruitment helping women return to the workplace after a career break gives her a great platform to work with organisations seeking to introduce menopause in the workplace good practice.

She is a passionate advocate for ensuring support is available to women, setting up a Facebook group after being told by her GP there was no funding available on a local level. She now offers workshops and talks to local groups.

Sharon strongly believes that as more women are working through menopause and beyond, it is vital to get the conversations started and encourage more organisations to put the right support in place.

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Juliet Saimbi
Menopause Associate Consultant

Juliet worked for ten years at Severn Trent as their management and leadership development manager. Her own struggles with menopause symptoms saw her nearly leaving the job she loved, and she is passionate about...

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…helping women find the right support in the workplace.

Finding the right treatment helped her through menopause, but she realised how many people in her organisation were women over 45, who were potentially suffering as she had. She was instrumental in setting up a menopause in the workplace conference, raising awareness and encouraging open conversations between managers and colleagues. This was incorporated into the company’s formal guidance, with regular events and awareness sessions keeping the topic on the organisation’s agenda.

With 20 years in learning and development and a member of The British Menopause Society, she is a menopause coach, educating professionals about menopause in the workplace best practice and working with organisations to help them introduce the right support.

She is frequently on the TV talking about menopause in the workplace and what employers can do.

Menopause in the workplace presenter and trainer, Deborah Garlick

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Deborah Garlick
Menopause trainer

Deborah is passionate about helping thousands and thousands of people live better lives by raising awareness and understanding of the menopause, changing perceptions and getting everyone talking about it.

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She is the Director of Henpicked.net, Menopause in the Workplace, and a Communications and Engagement Director. Since its launch, Henpicked.net has grown to be one of the UK’s largest, fastest growing communities for women over 40.

Henpicked’s book ‘Menopause: The Change for the Better’ was published by Bloomsbury in May 2018.

Deborah is a member of The British Menopause Society and Menopause Research Network. She has been working with UK-wide and international organisations to make it easy for them to introduce the right training, policies and practices to raise awareness and education of this critical area, supporting colleagues, leaders and teams.

With decades of colleague engagement and communication experience and as a board-level adviser, she’s led the development of the T4W Henpicked menopause toolkit.

She frequently talks about menopause in the workplace on TV and Radio.

Menopause in the workplace coach, Julie Dennis

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Julie Dennis
Menopause coach and trainer

Julie is a nutrition adviser and qualified level 4 personal trainer with a City and Guilds Introduction to Trainer Skills qualification. She specialises in practical and natural solutions for controlling menopause...

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…symptoms and helps busy professional women break through the brain fog of menopause.

She is an experienced speaker and has been quoted in the national press to raise awareness around menopause.

The combination of her personal experience and business background means she is well placed to understand both the needs of private individuals and business.

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Veronica Hyde
Menopause trainer

Veronica has 30 years’ experience of working in the education, health and social care sector as a qualified counsellor, manager and a workforce development lead.
After leaving work due to menopausal...

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…symptoms, caring responsibilities and the traumatic death of her mother

she went on to prove that there is a life after menopause and used her ‘post-menopausal zest’ to complete her MA in Education focussing on leadership, emotional/psycho-education and mentoring.

She is a member of the British Menopause Society and is trained to deliver Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for menopausal symptoms (recommended as a choice for women in the 2015 NICE Menopause Guidance). This programme, designed by Dr Myra Hunter and Melanie Smith, comes in 6 bite-size chunks which can be delivered in the workplace or the community. It has a great evidence base for reducing the impact of menopausal symptoms.

Veronica believes that by changing perceptions and minimising the impact of symptoms, the menopausal years can be a transition to the best time of a woman’s life.

Ruth Devlin, menopause expert trainer

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Ruth Devlin
Trainer and coach

Ruth strongly believes that women need better, clearer information about menopause in order to be able to manage their menopause and to get the best from their doctor and other medical professionals if medical...

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…intervention is required. Having experienced an array of perimenopausal symptoms, she noticed there was a real lack of consistency in information provided by different Primary Care Trusts.

Ruth’s own medical background as a nurse means that she is perfectly placed to bridge this gap between the medical profession and women in general. She has extensively researched menopause, is a member of the British Menopause Society and liaised with menopause specialists to establish what women really want – and need – to know about menopause. She is passionate about providing women and employers with evidence-based information and support, helping women to make informed decisions about how to manage their menopause and improve their quality of life.

Jayne Harrison, menopause in the workplace coach

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Jayne Harrison
Coach and consultant

Jayne is an executive coach, facilitator and career coach, helping people excel in both their life and their career. She understands how difficult change can be, and works with people to help build their resilience...

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…and focus on their responses to change, providing more positive outcomes for themselves, their teams and their organisations.

She has appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire Programme on the BBC discussing the impact of the lack of oestrogen has on our bodies, our identities, our lives. She strongly believes in talking openly about menopause to support women in the workplace.

Sue Fish, leadership coach supporting menopause

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Sue Fish
Consultant and coach

Women’s rights pioneer Sue Fish until earlier this year was the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police. She has long been a champion for women, both on the force and off, implementing major new policies and...

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tackling some previously taboo issues.

She was instrumental in introducing the Force’s menopause policy and set up a female focus group for employees to talk about their experiences – which enabled the necessary changes to be made. Under her leadership, Nottinghamshire became the first police force to class misogyny as a hate crime.

Sue is a skilled leadership coach, speaker and consultant, working on issues that really matter, and she candidly shares the experience of why and how she introduced menopause policies and practices, the impact, and the benefits.

Menopause expert and nutritionist Clare Shepherd

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Clare Shepherd
Nutritionist

A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create...

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…long-term health.

Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best third of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating the harmony of the health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too.

Dr Vanessa Beck, Government researcher on menopause in the workplace

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Dr Vanessa Beck
Research expert

Vanessa works at the University of Bristol and has extensive experience researching older workers from various perspectives including management, training opportunities and performance management.

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She has also undertaken research into unemployment, redundancy and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. Her most recent research activity culminated in co-authoring the Government Equality Report ‘The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK’ with Jo Brewis, Andrea Davies and their colleague Jesse Matheson. Since then she has worked with the T4W Henpicked team and colleagues at Leicester on the first university policy on the menopause, which launched at Leicester in November 2017. Jo, Vanessa and Andrea are also members of the Women in Business Council Action Group ‘Staying On’, which focuses on older women in the UK workplace.

Professor Joanna Brewis researcher for Government menopause in the workplace report

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Prof Jo Brewis
Research expert

Jo works at the University of Leicester School of Business and has a longstanding interest in gender, work, the body and organisations. She has published academic journal papers and books reporting her...

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…research but most recently was a co-author of the Government Equalities Report ‘The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK’ with Andrea Davies and Vanessa Beck and their colleague Jesse Matheson.

Since then she has worked with the T4W Henpicked team and colleagues at Leicester on the first university policy on the menopause, which launched at Leicester in November 2017.

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Dr Andrea Davies
Research expert

Andrea works at the University of Leicester School of Business and has an established research reputation on women in life transitions, the family and consumption. Using a range of approaches...

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…and methods, her work examines vulnerability, ambivalence and empowerment through the subjectivities and experiences of women.

Her work is published in books and articles and most recently focused on the menopause as co-author of the Government Equalities Report ‘The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK’ with Jo Brewis, Vanessa Beck and their colleague Jesse Matheson. Since then she has worked with the T4W Henpicked team and colleagues at Leicester on the first university policy on the menopause, which launched at Leicester in November 2017, and in the new year, they will bring a monthly Menopause Cafe to share and socialise and discuss menopause. Jo, Vanessa and Andrea are also members of the Women in Business Council Action Group ‘Staying On’, which focuses on older women in the UK workplace.

Kay Garrett, menopause writer

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Kay Garrett
Policy and communications

Kay is a highly experienced writer and editor, working with organisations and brands to deliver impactful communications. She is a skilled writer, experienced in producing policy and procedure documents which fit...

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…effortlessly into the existing portfolio.

Working as editor for T4W Henpicked, Kay led in the writing of their first book ‘Menopause: the change for the better’, as well as writing articles, policies and supporting materials to help raise awareness of menopause in the workplace.

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