National Grid narrowly missed out at the Working Families Top Employer Awards at the Vintners’ Hall in London, held on 18 June.
Represented by Paul Cudby, John Cooper and Clair Richards, National Grid had been shortlisted for the Father’s Programme, an initiative of the Work & Life Matters Employee Resource Group (ERG). Paul, the programme lead presented the ‘Best for Flexible Working’ award, sponsored by National Grid to Centrica and we picked up the Finalist Award for the ‘Best for All Stages of Fatherhood’, with London School of Economics (LSE) the winner.
Paul said: ” It’s an honour to even be named in the same breath as LSE and Citi for supporting Fatherhood as both of these companies have been doing so much, so well, for so long. There is lots for us to learn and keep improving on, and we must make these changes in the business to make sure we reach every single father that works for National Grid. Flexibility and support must be for everyone.”
Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO of Working Families, opened the event and presented the awards. Caroline Waters OBE, Vice President, Carers UK gave the key note speech on ‘Future world of work’. Caroline said “We need to deal with everyday life, people are at the heart of what we do and we need to turn complexity into simplicity. We need to build flexibility in to make work and life agile and join together to make strategic change”.
Reflecting on the evening, Clair said: “The event was well attended and we came away with lots of good feedback and learning. It is great to get recognition for the hard work and success that has gone into the fathers programme and adds to being shorlisted in this year’s Chairman’s Awards.
John Cooper added: “The positive comments from Sarah Jackson about how National Grid is developing our initiative, tells us that what we are doing with the Fathers Programme is the right thing to do.”
Working Families website