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Menopause: Everyone’s Business

Mar 10, 2021
Menopause isn’t a women’s issue, it’s everyone’s issue.

This panel discussion aims to demystify menopause, highlight how it impacts us all, and explore how individuals and organisations can better support women experiencing it.

We will cover:

• What is the menopause, and why are we talking about it today?

• Why is there stigma around menopause, and what are the myths that need busting?

• The impact on everyone including the physical/emotional/mental impact on women experiencing it and how this also affects their family and friends and the impact in the workplace, and why businesses should care.

• What support is available to women, and how can we drive broader change in society and at work covering the medical and wellbeing support available

• How to effect change in the workplace

Followed by Q&A

Chaired by Nicola Kemp – Editorial Director, Creativebrief with WACL panelists, Helen Normoyle, co-founder of My Menopause Centre and Tanya Joseph, Managing Director of Hill + Knowlton Strategies and Trustee of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. With Jane English co-chair 4Women, C4’s gender equality network, and led their launch of the UK media industry’s first menopause policy in 2019.


Nicola is Editorial Director for Creativebrief, where she oversees consumer trends, innovation, and interviews with industry thought-leaders from across the creative industries for all areas of the business. She is a member of the Associate Board and focused on growing the reach, relevance and reputation of Creativebrief and BITE. She started her career as a financial journalist before specialising in technology, social trends and marketing. Her work has appeared across titles including Campaign, WGSN, M&M Global, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Observer. A passionate advocate for diversity in all its forms she won The Women in Marketing Journalist of the year award for her work championing diversity in the creative industries, and was featured in Timewise’s Power 50 for her work on flexible working. She was named as one of the 200 women redefining the creative industry by The Dots an #EverydayAction award winner by Bloom, a Pitch 100 Superwoman and a Campaign Trailblazer of the future. With a 5-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, Nicola is always on the look-out for new feminist fairy-tales to add to their ever-increasing book collection.



Helen is co-founder of My Menopause Centre, alongside Dr Clare Spencer GP and Menopause Specialist. My Menopause Centre is online healthcare provider supporting women going through the menopause with a wealth of evidence-based information and holistic advice on the menopause and its symptoms. She has held Chief Marketing Officer roles across the healthcare, beauty, broadcast, furniture and property sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide respectively. She has also worked in the mobile technology sector with Motorola and in broadcast and telecoms regulation at Ofcom. Helen is also a non-executive director at Allied Irish Banks.


Tanya is Managing Director Hill + Knowlton Strategies. She writes a regular column for Marketing Week on diversity, reputation management, brand building and other industry issues. She is a trustee of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Liberty, the human rights organisation, the Thomson Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising standards of journalism across the world; and of London Sport, which aims to make London the most active city in the world. She was previously vice-chair of the Fawcett Society, the oldest established organisation campaigning for gender equality. She started her career as a journalist before becoming press secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair. After almost five years at No 10, she left the civil service and has spent the last few years moving between senior consultancy and in-house roles. A former Marketer of the Year, she was the architect of the award-winning This Girl Can campaign.


Jane co-chairs 4Women, Channel 4’s gender equality network, and led Channel 4’s launch of the UK media industry’s first menopause policy in 2019. Jane believes passionately that menopause isn’t a ‘women’s issue’, it’s everyone’s issue, & hopes Channel 4’s actions will inspire others to help end the silence and stigma around menopause in the workplace. Jane also leads Marketing strategy and campaign development for priority Channel 4 genres, and was previously Business Director in 4Creative, Channel 4’s award-winning in-house creative agency. She is on the Advertising Association, IPA and ISBA’s Inclusion Group which recently launched the ‘All In’ initiative, and is a 2019 WACL Future Leader Award winner.

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Mar 10, 2021
9:00 am– 10:30 am