Watch Stepping Up on Parental Leave, a frank and useful conversation with Philip Vivian of Bates Smart, Zoë King of Cox and Richard Sucksmith of John Wardle Architects – includes bonus footage from the conversation after the event.

Purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand. (See below for Parlour Collective and concession codes, along with CPD details.)

Good Parental Leave schemes are important for improving equity and supporting and retaining women in the profession. This is not just a matter of supporting women to access leave, it is also a matter of ensuring that everyone is able to play full and meaningful roles as carers. Parental Leave schemes are now a key factor in attracting and retaining excellent employees. So what is best practice? What is the business case? What does the process of developing a Parental Leave Policy look like and how does this interface with practice cultures?

Watch Philip Vivian of Bates Smart, Zoë King of Cox and Richard Sucksmith of John Wardle Architects as they discuss the many ways in which excellent parental leave schemes can help improve equity, in conversation with Justine Clark and Monica Edwards. The resounding message from this session is to get started as early as possible.

For more on the topic, watch the Light at the End of the Tunnel session on Parental Leave with Chi Melhem and Hari Pliambas.


Parlour Collective / ACA members – $25 (Use the promo code CollectiveACA at the Vimeo checkout)
General ticket – $40
Concession – $10 (Students, part-timers and anyone else who needs it. Use the promo code CONC at the Vimeo checkout)

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Any proceeds over and above the costs of delivering the Stepping Up program will be set aside for future equity projects led by Parlour.

Bookings are open for future sessions – you can book these here.


One hour of formal CPD is available for each session, on completion of the CPD questions. See the learning objectives for the series as a whole.

Once completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.

Stepping Up is a collaboration between Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture group. This session was recorded online 6 June.

For more on introducing a Parental Leave policy, see What is Parental Leave and Why Does it Matter? and How to Create an Effective Parental Leave Policy.