Who We Are

Meet the founders of Career Returners

Career Returners is an Irish business which helps employers to develop programmes and launch other initiatives designed to attract and support returners.  We also help potential returners to navigate their way back to the workplace.

Anne-Marie Taylor set up Career Returners in 2017 when she recognised that:

  • Many Irish businesses were experiencing significant gaps in the pipeline of women in management
  • At the same time many women had left successful careers, often for family reasons, and now wanted to resume their careers but were unsure if employers were interested.

She established Career Returners to offer services to employers to tap into this pool of experienced professional women and, of course, men in similar situations.

Career Returners is conducting the first-ever research into the Irish returner market and is gathering insights from employers and from potential returners.  If you’d like to hear more, or indeed participate in our research, please get in touch through our Contact Us page.

Our founders
Anne-Marie has a background in management consulting and is an executive coach.  She sits on the boards of the Public Appointments Service and of the Irish Hospice Foundation. She is a member of the steering committee of the 30% Club Ireland  which aims to achieve better gender balance at all levels in Irish business.  She is a co-founder of the Board Diversity Initiative  which aims to promote the appointment of women on boards.

View Anne-Marie’s full career profile on LinkedIn

Aileen O’Toole is also involved with Career Returners.   She is a former media executive and co-founded The Sunday Business Post newspaper.  She currently works as a Digital Strategist and is a Chartered Director who sits on the boards of the Road Safety Authority and of Business in the Community.  Aileen has a number of other business interests.

View Aileen’s full profile on LinkedIn