Heather McGregor, better known as Mrs Moneypenny, is a former investment banker with an MBA from the London Business School and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She began writing for the Financial Times in 1999 while based in Tokyo, then later in Hong Kong and Singapore. Subsequently, she returned to the UK and bought into a small but profitable headhunting business in the West End of London. She later led a management buyout and is now the Managing Director and majority owner of Taylor Bennett.
Heather runs her business while juggling three children (Cost Centres #1, #2 and #3) and a sport-obsessed husband, all of whom are subjected to relentless scrutiny and humour in her weekly FT column. She is the author of several books including Mrs Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women and she also presents Channel 4’s Superscrimpers. Her one-woman shows At Home with Mrs Moneypenny and Mrs Moneypenny Returns ran at the Edinburgh Fringe and off Broadway in 2010 and 2013.
Heather is a committed philanthropist in the area of employability and social mobility. She founded the Taylor Bennett Foundation in 2008, a charity which works to promote diversity in the communications industry by equipping talented graduates from ethnic minorities with the skills and confidence to pursue successful careers. She is also currently the chair of Career Academies UK, which works with 16 – 19 year olds to raise their aspirations through the provision of a structured programme including a six week paid internship and was a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the UK’s publicly quoted companies.
Sarah Stimson is a working mum with a feisty toddler and over 12 years of recruitment and training experience, specialising in employability skills and career readiness. Currently she’s the Course Director for the award-winning Taylor Bennett Foundation, leading their training programmes and delivering their employability content. In addition she takes on headhunting, training and writing projects on a freelance basis. She also donates her time to Working Chance, interviewing female ex-offenders to help them re-enter the workforce. In 2013 she published her first book, How to get a job in PR.