The Work-Life Balance Trust
An independant charity, with no political affiliations
BIG BOUQUETS AND THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND OTHER SUPPORTERS
During the past six years many people have helped the Work-Life Balance Trust. Some are celebrities, some are well less known. All worked voluntarily. We could not have achieved what we have had it not been for their enthusiastic support, sometimes at the expense of their own work-life balance. Every single person on the following list has contributed to our success, and we are deeply grateful to each of them, who helped drag the British labour force into the 21st Century.
Our three Work-Life Balance Weeks, our Conference at the Savoy and our other events and publications have been entirely funded by our sponsors, to whom we are deeply grateful and without whom we could not have been as effective as we have been.
The person to whom we owe the biggest debt is Caroline Waters, Director of Employment at BT, who not only provided us with sponsorship, but gave us the benefit of her experience and was always available to guide and sometimes comfort us, then kick us back into battle.
Other Sponsors Were:
Hundreds of people - the office A4 contacts file is three inches thick - kindly and generously helped with their time and expertise because they believed in our aims. They ranged from Lord Stephenson and Pat Billingham of Ernst & Young to Kay Carberry, Work-Life Balance Director of the TUC.
For two years Shirley Conran was a member of the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP's Advisory Committee on Work-Life Balance and we would like to thank Margaret Hodge and the other members of that Committee who have assisted the Work-Life Balance Trust since then.
We would also particularly like to thank for their time, help and support for six years from 1999, The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt; Cherie Blair QC; Baroness Jay of Paddington; Professor Cary Cooper, industrial psychologist; and Fariba Carr, psychologist and advisor to the Department of Education and Skills.
Many of our patrons not only supported us in name, but also contributed financially, and worked extremely hard; they organised media receptions and fundraising parties at the House of Lords and equally exalted venues; they designed and edited our magazines and programmes. They made speeches and presented prizes. These wonderfully generous people included Gillian Ayres OBE, Elaine Clifton, the late Baroness Brigstocke CBE, Professor Petruska Clarkson, Richard E Grant, Professor Nigel Coates, Jasper Conran, Sebastian Conran, the late Jennifer d'Abo, Dr Dennis Friedman, Felicity Green Hill, Lady Irvine, Lynda La Plante, Sian Phillips, Nonie Niesewand, Mary Quant OBE, Maureen Rice, Professor Jane Somerville, Christopher Ward and Michael Wolff.
Schools and establishments that worked with us included Girton College, St. Paul's Girls' School and the William Morris Academy while we were also supported by one hundred other head teachers.
Our many celebrity friends included Joanna Lumley, Jamie Oliver, Lynda La Plante, Susie Orbach, Joel Cadbury, and Christopher Lee.
Many journalists have also been encouraging and helpful. Spreaders of the word include: Rufus Olins, Will Hutton, Steve Crabb, Sarah Dunant, Maureen Freely, Justine Hancock, Lindsay Nicholson, David Frost, Kerry Fowler, Ruth Gardiner, Valerie Grove, Gloria Hunniford, Adrienne Katz, Ann McFarren, Jenni Murray, Jack O'Sullivan, Allison Pearson, Libby Purves and Dr Miriam Stoppard.
We are also indebted to Jonathan Harris, CBE; Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern FBA, Mistress of Girton College; Professor Cary Cooper, Professor Petruska Clarkson, Elizabeth Diggory, High Mistress of St Paul's Girls School; Liz Walton, Head of the William Morris Academy; Dr Eileen Rubery, CB, Dr Karen Janman, Dame Judith Mayhew, DBE; Antonia Byatt, CE of the Women's Library; Elizabeth Howell, Trevor Phillips, Sylvie Ann Hewlett, David Utting, Stephen Burke, John Steele, Dr Ellen Galinsky, Belinda Harley, Surinder Sharma, Lucy Daniels, Sue Levett, Pam Walton, Joanna Foster CBE, Patricia Mulcahy, Susan Atkins, Stephanie Ellis, Pauline Henderson, Jayne Buxton, Derek Klyhn, David McLaren, Cilla Snowball, Adrian Pope, Norma Jarboe, Mary Best, Peter Wilson, Sue Belgrave, Sarah Jackson, Piers Dudgeon, Ann Watts CBE, Linda Hutchinson, Debbie Mellor Sarah Churchman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Harriet Goodman, Phillipa Hird, Calvin Wilkes and Carl Hylton of Black Men's Forum; Claiborne Mitchell, Margot Sunderland, and Patricia Corcoran.
Our aims were to introduce the phrase 'Work-Life Balance' to the British public, to spark debate and spur action. These people all helped to do that.
Organisations that endorsed the work of the Work-Life Balance Trust
PRESIDENT: Shirley Conran OBE
TRUSTEES: Lindsay Cook Janet Fitch Sandra Hepburn
PATRONS: Gillian Ayres OBE The Baroness Brigstocke CBE Professor Petruska Clarkson Elaine Clifton
Professor Nigel Coates Jasper Conran Sebastian Conran Dr Dennis Friedman Kathy Gilgunn Richard E Grant
Felicity Green Hill Lady Irvine Lynda La Plante Prue Leith OBE Nonie Niesewand Sian Phillips
Mary Quant OBE Maureen Rice Professor Andrew Samuels Professor Jane Somerville Christopher Ward
Michael Wolff Peter York Jennifer d'Abo Girton College St. Paul's Girls' School William Morris Academy
W-LB Trust Charity Commission Registration No. 1088149
'Work-Life Balance Week is organised and run by W-LB Limited (Company No. 4154218) with the assistance of a media-based Advisory Committee. For projects which are charitable, the company receives financial and other assistance from Work-Life Balance Trust, registered charity no. 1088149'