About

Our objective is to enable individuals, to work in a part-time or flexible working capacity. Enabling a better work/life balance.


Talent Gateway was set up in 2012 with a view to encouraging organisations to think differently about work. The objective was to enable individuals, to work in a part-time or flexible working capacity. Enabling a better work/life balance.

After much success of recruiting in this manner, it became evident that our candidates fall into two camps; Those that are work ready, already employed and looking for a new challenge and those that due to a prolonged career break, aren’t quite there.

The Returners Gateway program was established, in order to assist those people not quite work ready to gain access to rewarding work, regain lost confidence and re-establish connections with the world of work.

Meet the team

Nici Jupp – Founder and Managing Director

Having setDSC_5067 up Talent Gateway in 2012 I realised that there is a gap in the market for those looking to return to work.  Talent Gateway focuses on getting executives working for great organisations who are open minded and think differently about attracting and keeping the right people in their teams.  However, if you have taken a career gap, it is very difficult to feel confident enough to apply for jobs that are advertised and often they don’t offer any flexibility(or it isn’t advertised that way) which can often be key, if you are the one with the main child caring responsibility. Returners Gateway is about helping individuals find their way back into executive roles.  Using the skills and experience you have spent many years developing.  Just because we don’t want to work 15 hour days or to commute for 3 hours on top of a working day any longer, this doesn’t mean we aren’t dedicated, loyal and high performing employees.  Returners Gateway provides projects for those looking to ‘test the water.” These are challenging and rewarding projects that will bring value to the organisations they are delivered for.  The aim is that you will feel confident in your abilities, part of a network and clear on what your goals are going forward.

Hannah Gower – Operations & Business Development Director

Details coming shortly!

Charlotte Eve – CV and LinkedIn writing expert

Charlotte EveFor the last 15 years I have been a professional CV writer and Managing Director of CK Futures Ltd – I love my work and cannot imagine doing anything else.

Most small businesses begin with a genuine passion, my story is no different. I always enjoyed writing but wasn’t sure how to carve a successful career out of it, so I opted for business and completed a degree in Business Administration, gradually moving into a career in HR with Hilton Hotels. During this experience I was in charge of the recruitment for 2 large hotels in the South as well as contributing towards their graduate recruitment nationwide. It troubled me that so many candidates at all levels were presenting very poor quality CVs, many of which were similar in layout, wording and presentation.

As the employer, I found it increasingly hard to recruit the best candidates based on their CV and slowly the idea of forming a CV writing business began to take shape. I set up CK Futures in 1998 and haven’t looked back since. Applying my employers perspective, I write CVs that employers actually want to read and respond positively to. A great believer in ‘no rules’ when it comes to CVs, I always wanted to steer clear of the text book approach to CV writing, because every candidate is unique and their CV should reflect this.

Within a couple of years of starting CK Futures, I was approached by a leading welfare to work provider to write CVs for their hardest to help clients who were struggling to find work. I jumped at the chance, realising that this client group was the one that could benefit the most from what we do. Since then, we have steadily become specialists writing CVs for individuals who are not presently working and we find this the most rewarding aspect of our work.

From this expansion of the business, I had to find more CV writers to cope with the volume of the work we were beginning to receive. At one stage, we were writing up to 700 CVs per month across the UK with a team of 22 writers.

Alongside the CV writing side of the business, I have also been asked to train numerous recruitment and back to work organisations in how to create interview generating CVs, job searching techniques, interview coaching, covering letters and application form supporting statements. I have enjoyed training over 5000 professionals in the UK who in turn work with a range of clients who are seeking employment.

Since starting CK Futures, I have also had two children and am eternally grateful to have a business I can run from my home!
CV Writing has changed a great deal since I started in 1998 with LinkedIn becoming increasingly more important and Applicant Tracking Systems selecting CVs even before they reach a human. I constantly strive to be up to date with emerging trends and technology making sure my customers are always ahead of the competition.

To view Charlottes full range of services please go to her website: CKFutures

Hilary Lees – Coaching services

Photo for Essence ArticlesHilary is a Career Transitions Coach who specialises in coaching professional working mums to find a new career direction and follow their passions. Many of her clients either want to return to work after having a career break but don’t know where to start or are working but realise they have come to a crossroads where something needs to change but they don’t know how to move forward by themselves.

As a mum herself Hilary is all too familiar with the challenges of losing sight of yourself in motherhood and multiple roles and losing confidence in your abilities which can then make negotiating a new career path by yourself a daunting prospect.

Hilary’s coaching programmes aim to overcome these challenges by reconnecting mums to their skills, strengths, values and passions and rebuilding confidence in their abilities. She has a variety of tools and techniques to help mums clarify which career path to choose and she then focuses them on specific action steps to get moving in the right direction. She also has strategies to deal with the inevitable ‘inner critic voice’ or gremlins – the doubts, fears and anxieties that naturally occur as mums make positive changes to move towards the work they love.

Hilary has negotiated several career transitions herself and finds herself in transition again as she builds her coaching business alongside working in a Psychological Therapies Service as a Specialist Occupational Therapist in the NHS.

In total Hilary has over twenty years experience of supporting clients to overcome challenges and lead more fulfilling, meaningful lives and her background in mental health informs her passion for helping mums find work they love that balances with the other priorities in their lives.

Hilary delivers her coaching over the phone or by Skype – which makes it essence-life-and-career-coaching-logoeasier to fit around work and family commitments. She offers a free 30 minute consultation so mums can explore working with her with no obligation.

TO VIEW FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING HILARY’S SERVICE PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE: www.essence-coaching.com

Contact us today for further information info@returnersgateway.co.uk