Laura Hinton Working Mother Interview
Posted: Wednesday January 10 2018
By: Abbie Coleman
Laura is a member of PWC's UK Executive Board and the Chief People Officer, responsible for setting and delivering the People Strategy across the UK Firm.
LAURA HINTON TAKES OUR WORKING MUM INTERVIEW
Laura is a member of PWC’s UK Executive Board and the Chief People Officer, responsible for setting and delivering the People Strategy across the UK Firm. She is also a Partner within PwC’s People and Organisation Practice, where she works with FTSE100 clients across a number of sectors to advise on culture change, workforce transformation and performance management.
It’s a role that is full of variety, with the opportunity to meet amazing people and learn from them everyday. No two days are ever the same, or dull!
When not at work Laura spends her time relaxing with her husband Brett and daughter Liberty aged 10 and Freddie aged 7 who bring balance and perspective to life.
What were or are the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place after children?
I’m incredibly lucky, and have fantastic support at home as my husband is a stay-at-home Dad. This meant that I didn’t have to face the common challenges of juggling childcare and making logistics work. It also allowed me return to work without a feeling of guilt as I knew the children were with their Dad and very happy. I did, however, have huge empathy for my husband who found the transition to being at home far more challenging than either of us had expected. I would often run out of the house to catch a train, leaving him to total chaos with two young children, and I struggled with that for a while. There were also a few more practical challenges, such as the inevitable bugs / colds / sickness illnesses that young children get and are generous enough to pass onto their parents. I felt as if I had a constant cold for about two years where I existed in a fog of tiredness and illness – and that made it difficult being totally effective at work. Thankfully, those days are well behind me as the children are now 10 and 7.
How do you achieve your work life balance of career woman and mother?
I’m really clear on my boundaries and have a great team around me at work, and at home, who help me find the right balance. I’m try not to weekends as a routine and always protect my holidays to avoid last minute cancellations and disappointments. I think it’s important to find the right equilibrium, but not to put too much pressure on yourself to be super-human. I have realised I do not yet have the power of time travel (!), so I need to plan well around important events at home and work to make sure I am in the right place at the right time. It’s not always easy, but I’ve learnt that I have been my own worst enemy in the past in trying to be all things to all people and that’s not possible.