Menopause at Work: It’s about Time!

Issued: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:41:00 BST

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This event has been postponed to a later date. 

As many as one million women in the UK are currently experiencing menopause while working. In this webinar we will discuss the economic and social importance of understanding menopause as a workplace (rather than individual) concern, current organisational best practice for supporting menopausal transition, and the importance of speaking up and out about menopause to combat stigma and promote gender equality. 

To mark World Menopause Day 2020, leading voices will discuss why now is the time for organisations and society to support women through menopause and how this might be done​. 

Expert panel:

Christina McKelvie MSP​, Minister for Older People and Equalities​

Christine Barr, Executive HR Director, University of Glasgow​

Anastasia Sidari​, The Coca-Cola Company ​

Professor Kathleen Riach, Adam Smith Business School​, University of Glasgow

Panel biographies:

Christina McKelvie MSP was appointed Minister for Older People and Equalities in June 2018. An elected MSP since 2007 and formally convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRIC), she has been a vocal and passionate advocate for women’s equalities and menopause in particular, having led the debate on Menopause in the Scottish parliament in May 2019. Having previously worked for Glasgow City council as a learning development officer, Christina has a wide range of political interests including children and young people, employment, community empowerment and regeneration, human rights and international development. 

Christine Barr is the Executive Director of Human Resources at the University of Glasgow. Christine is a solution focused leader with a track record of delivery at corporate and strategic levels both within the public and private sectors. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development with an MSc in Human Resources Management and Christine spent her early career in a series of HR professional roles in the retail, manufacturing and water industries. Christine has led the development and implementation of the University’s People Strategy in the achievement of major HR strategic initiatives aligned with the ambitious strategic plans of the institution. She is an active participant in the UHR, Russell Group and Universitas 21 networks. 

Anastasia Sidari is Communications Director for The CocaCola Company, providing leadership across 26 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, and brings with her almost 30 years of professional experience in the Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs fields. Anastasia started her career with Procter and Gamble and held a series of senior positions in large Greek and multinational companies including FAGE, Boutari, DIAGEO, DHL and the Athens International Airport. She is an advocate of lifelong learning, is NLP trained, speaks 6 languages and is passionate about youth empowerment, women’s leadership and gender equality. 

Professor Kathleen Riach is Professor at Adam Smith Business School and an international expert in gender and ageing at work. Her pioneering research on menopause at work led to the first Australian-based online support for line managers (, a free and open access toolkit to support menopausal transition in the workplace that has been downloaded over 10,000 times worldwide and has led to invitations to speak across Europe, Australia and the US. Recognising the power that organisations and managers have to support women’s mid-later life careers, she is currently working on an intervention-based study with corporate partners exploring inclusive menopause support and a research council funded project on successfully promoting Women’s leadership in the healthcare sector. 


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