Dadbloguk Q&A

A regular series of posts in which I interview someone with a particular interest or specialism relating to parenting. Subjects covered in the Q&A have included flexible working, mental health and online safety to name just a few.

Proof that men in senior roles can job share

A little while ago I did a little investigating. My aim was to find examples of dads working in senior management at FTSE 100 companies who had taken Shared Parental Leave (SPL). I wasn’t able to find a single example, but the blog post I wrote came to the attention of insurance specialist and FTSE 100 institution Aviva.

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Introducing Sam White (left) and Will McDonald. Both men job share the Group Public Policy and Sustainability Director role at Aviva and have done so ever since Sam took six months shared parental leave.
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Mental health and dads. Q&A with psychotherapist Noel McDermott

Over the past few years I have noticed a major change in how men’s mental health is viewed. Men themselves are getting more open about the subject and there is increasing awareness that men’s mental health is particularly sensitive when they become fathers.

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Q&A with Jonathan Aspinwall: A part-time, job sharing, adoptive dad!

I recently wrote a blog post highlighting that very few senior managers from the world of business are taking shared parental leave (SPL). While writing and researching that blog post, I was asked if I was interested in a case study involving a senior manager from the BBC who instead went on adoption leave after he and his husband adopted two children.

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Jonathan Aspinwall: Adoptive dad, job share pioneer and Deputy Editor of BBC Breakfast.
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