Meet the Return with Resilience Team

As a participant on the Return with Resilience programme, it’s important that you know who you will be working with.  Our team is a collaboration of experts in their own field.  A team of experts who have come together to offer a blend of support to help you get back to work with confidence and resilience.

Morna Ronnie and Helen Tuohy from The People Portfolio have backgrounds spanning over 25 years each in recruitment and human resources.  They know what employers and recruiters are looking for when it comes to applications, CVs and interviews.

They will run a series of virtual group workshops on employability skills, drawing on their experience to help you to present your best self to potential employers and unlock the hidden jobs market.  These group sessions will also provide the opportunity for networking with other likeminded women on the programme which we know can be a real benefit.

Louise Scott and Kirsty Ritchie from Mind & Mission Ltd are qualified psychotherapists who previously had business careers in HR and Accountancy respectively.  They will provide one-to-one, confidential coaching sessions to help explore and develop your mental fitness. We know from the previous Return with Resilience programme that these sessions were hugely impactful and really help the returners to feel ready for their return to work.

Angie Garton is the menopause specialist on the programme and  will share some of the science behind the menopause, common symptoms and what you can do to manage and control them.  Angie has a vast array of knowledge and resources, so whatever your question about this potentially challenging stage of life, she can help.

All-in-all we believe our team is second to none in delivering a return-to-work programme for women in their 50’s or experiencing the menopause.

Return with Resilience is funded by The Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.

Applications for the current programme are currently open to women throughout Scotland and can be made here:

Return with Resilience

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Government is funding a third cohort of this life changing women returner’s programme in 2022.

Return With Resilience, is an employability skills programme, tailor made for women aged around 50 who have had a career break of at least six months.

We know that at this stage of life, returners might also be experiencing the menopause – a natural, but for some, extremely challenging part of the aging process.

Recent research shone a light on the effect the menopause can have on women in the workplace, with a new study finding that one in 10 women who have worked during the menopause, left their  job due to their symptoms.

So for women looking to re-establish their careers, the mental and physical symptoms of the menopause, can make this feel like an even more unrealistic objective.  

‘Return With Resilience’ provides a vehicle for women at the same stage of life, to share experiences and support each other.

We will be running the programme in September but are accepting expressions of interest now.

Programme participants will receive:

  • A friendly onboarding experience with our team of experts
  • Virtual sessions, meaning all you need is access to a laptop and good connectivity
  • Five hours’ worth of one-to-one mental fitness coaching to assist in restoring lost confidence, and building optimism and resilience
  • Group workshops on CV writing, interview skills and job search strategies
  • Participation in a Menopause Expert led workshop, and access to fabulous resources
  • Personal support with job applications and introductions to great employers
  • Ongoing support and guidance as part of our professional network

Our delivery partners on Return with Resilience are Mind and Mission Ltd and Angie Garton.

Return with Resilience is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.

Feedback from last year’s participants included

Everything was clearly explained hence a great demystifying experience. The support and shared knowledge was fantastic. 

I felt like there was room for me as a whole person and that I got such useful advice and genuine support. Everything felt like it was coming from such a genuine and useful place, I felt trust and that I could explore what it’s possible for me to do next. 

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    We Meet with Skillseeder

    Morna was recently pleased to be asked by Skillseeder to talk about our delivery of the Scottish Government funded Be Your Best Self programme for women in agriculture. It was great to be able to spread the word about this fantastic course and explain a bit more about working with our consortium partners, what the programme includes and how to apply.

    If you or someone you know is thinking about applying it should make a useful watch.

    Be Your Best Self

    We are delighted to announce that The People Portfolio will be delivering The Be Your Best Self personal development programme for women in agriculture on behalf of The Scottish Government.

    This work is an expansion of the pilot programme run in 2020 and is an integral part of the Scottish Government’s vision to make Scottish agriculture a fairer, more inclusive industry, where farm succession is not determined by gender, training is accessible to everyone, and more women take on senior roles in agricultural organisations.

    Be Your Best Self aims to support women living or working in agriculture in Scotland to build their confidence, enhance their skills, and develop their leadership abilities.

    We are thrilled to be working as a part of a consortium with our friends from Mind & Mission, Leeway and Scene & Herd PR to provide an exciting and impactful programme which will run 10 times over the next 2 years.

    Our first course is now underway but we are accepting applications for a range of courses throughout 2022. More details and the application form can be found here: Any questions can be emailed to

    Find out more about the delivery partners at: