Resources and contributors

Reports and further reading

Sink or Swim — The Impact of covid and how to bridge the widening equalities gap

Forever Flex — Making flexible working work beyond a crisis

Flexonomics — The economic and fiscal logic of flexible working


Working Families — The UK’s work-life balance charity

Pregnant then Screwed — The leading charity working to end the motherhood penalty.

Maternity Action — The UK’s maternity rights charity

Business Disability Forum — Resources on disability employment law, including:

Role Share — An organisation that matches people to share jobs

Working Dads— A jobsite and community connecting dads with employers

JobsharesWork — An organisation that provides advice and creates opportunities to raise the profile and availability of job sharing in charities


The ACEVO and NCVO Flexible Working Group was announced in August 2021 — to galvanise lasting positive change about flexible working in the charity sector post pandemic. The Working Group was chaired by Becky Hewitt, former CEO of Changing Faces, and sponsored by Starfish Search.

Eleven working group members were recruited via an open selection process out of over 60 applicants to build the strongest strength, depth and diversity of knowledge and experience around flexible working.

Working group members are listed below. The working group met three times during October and November 2021 — and their research included focus groups, wide-ranging expert interviews, many informal conversations and desk research. We are enormously grateful to everyone who shared their experiences, perspectives and knowledge.

Working group members

Akiko Hart, CEO, National Survivor User Network

Alice Klein, Assistant Director of Communications, Shelter

Ama Afrifa-Tchie, Head of People, Wellbeing and Equity, Mental Health First Aid England

Claire Reynolds, Head of Digital and Data, Changing Faces

Darren Knight, CEO, George House Trust

Helen Reed, Co-founder, JobsharesWork

Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families

Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO, Kidscape

Katie Hillitt, Co-founder, JobsharesWork

Michael Maddick, Director of People and Culture, The Children’s Trust

Pip Gardner, CEO, The Kite Trust

Expert interviewees

Rosalind Oakley, Association of Chairs

Katharine Sacks-Jones, Become

Lisa Freshwater, Blood Cancer UK

Claire Walker and Hannah Essex, British Chambers of Commerce

Diane Lightfoot, Business Disability Fund

Laura Bennett, Carers Trust

Katherine Wilson, Carers UK

Clare Moody, Equally Ours

Kathryn Howard, Samaritans

Andrew Bazeley, Fawcett Society

Paul Farmer, Mind

Sarabajaya Kumar, Trustee, NCVO

Ruth Blazye and Louise Youngman, Scope

Tanya Stevens, Society

Kirstie Axtens, Working Families

Victoria Benson, Gingerbread

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 10 February 2022