Beverley Brown, COO
Learning to juggle
When you launch a business and have two children all within the space of four years, you learn to juggle pretty quickly. Thankfully my early career in investment banking was nothing if not demanding, so I was used to the pressures of managing a number of important things at once. As part of ICAP’s emerging markets broking team, for example, I spent four years splitting my time between London and New York, while also setting up the Emerging Markets Charity for Children with four colleagues and raising millions of pounds for charities including Save The Children.
In 1999 I decided to take the entrepreneurial route and, with a silent partner, co-founded Nicoll Curtin, a global investment banking recruitment consultancy focusing on the investment banking infrastructure. In its early days the business consisted of myself and a PA working out of the back room of my house. But before long we had expanded internationally with offices in London, Zurich and Singapore, a turnover of £11 million and over 90 employees globally - and that back office was my daughter’s bedroom.
Creating a great place to work
As a busy working parent one of the things I was passionate about was creating a company that was not only successful but a place where people could find balance in their professional and personal lives. In 2008 we were proud to receive a three-star accreditation for Best Company and to come second in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to work for.
Selling the company in 2011 gave me the chance to step back and take a sabbatical but the juggling never really stopped. I raised funds for the Build Africa charity and visited the school we funded in Uganda the following year. I set up my consultancy business, Kenbury Associates, and was exclusively retained by Deutsche Bank on a global executive search, successfully recruiting two senior COOs. I helped a number of startups flourish with my business development skills and applied myself to working voluntarily as an Ambassador to the NSPCC on various campaigns.
Creating a flexible future
Through each step of my journey I have been conscious of the challenges facing mothers in the workplace. I also know just how many highly capable women there are who are being overlooked by traditional recruitment processes because they want to return to work in a flexible way after having children.
That’s why I joined 2to3days. Because I believe passionately in the way this company is leading the flexible working revolution. The time has come to do things differently. Companies need diverse talent in order to excel in an increasingly competitive landscape and mothers should be able to continue their careers on a way that suits their lifestyle. 2to3days is championing a new way of working that is beneficial for both the economy and society. And I’m proud to be a part of this game-changing movement.