Today on BBC Radio4, Charlotte Crosswell was interviewed by Andrea Catherwood about her career in banking. Charlotte Crosswell is Chief Executive Officer of the trading derivatives platform of NASDAQ in London. She has a daughter aged 5 and went back to work when her daughter was 10 weeks old.
Working in the City her hours were too long for a nursery. So a nanny was her only childcare option. For some parents, a nanny is vital to them being able to work due to the hours of work expected by their industry, commute time, global travel. Especially for women working in the city, as Charlotte explains in the interview. Time management – she has breakfast with her daughter, comes home for bedtime but may work in the evening such as a conference call at 8pm but won’t do a call at 7pm.
She has never had a nanny who has had a day off sick. Nannies do not tend to take sick days unless absolutely vital, certainly I do not recall when I have taken a sick day.
It is nice to hear how Charlotte respects her nanny, realises that the getting a child to school is not that easy at times, that having a nanny has meant that she can work and have a family.