“I don’t know why people expect me to whisper about it!” one woman said to me over a Zoom call. “It’s just a bloody hot flush isn’t it? It’s natural. There’s no need to be embarrassed!”.

She is right. I’ve been talking to many women over the last few months about their experiences. Those conversations have been a real joy and a privilege — I’m thankful to everyone to whom I spoke.

Loud and clear, I heard this message: we need to smash the stigma around the menopause.

Women need to talk. Families need to talk. Employers need to talk.


For the public and non-profit sectors, how can greater collaboration help change more lives for the better?

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Digital is disrupting traditional norms. Online retailers such as Amazon, Asos and Ocado are creating conditions in which conventional high street shops are finding it hard to compete. Aggregator sites, like Compare the Market, are having a huge impact on traditional insurance providers. Challenger banks, such as Monzo and Starling, are changing the landscape of retail banking.

Over the last decade, whilst the landscape of the public and non-profit sectors has certainly not changed as dramatically, change is certainly afoot.

For those of…


Amongst large UK charities, less than a third of our Chief Executives are women. That’s a scandal. How are we going to change it?

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Those of us who work in charity-land often talk about wanting to make the world a better place through our work. As someone who has spent the last decade of my career working in mental health, there is no more important issue to me than that of inequality.

It is simply not right that, in 2020, your opportunities in life can be limited because of your gender, race, sexuality, religion, disability or the economic circumstances into…

Becky Cotton

Founder at Lumino. MBA from Cambridge University. Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

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