To celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked some of the mums at our Coca-Cola London HQ to tell us about their families, what their ideal Mother’s Day would involve and, of course, the best thing about being a mum.

Aedamar Howlett, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Marketing Director

What are your little ones called and how old are they?

My husband and I carry on the tradition of large families in Ireland! We have two girls aged 13 and 11, named Siúin and Kate and two boys, aged 8 and 5, called Johnny and Patrick.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
There are lots of working mums at Coca-Cola so it is a very supportive place to be. Working at Coca-Cola makes me really happy which I believe is critical to setting the tone for a happy home – an important ingredient for being a good mum regardless of whether you are working in the home or outside the home. 

What’s the best thing about being a mum?
When I see my kids growing in confidence. I also feel a huge sense of pride when I see them being kind to each other and to others. Watching your children becoming their best happy and self-assured selves is our dream as parents.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?
It would definitely be to have a chore – and activity – free family day with my husband, children, siblings and their families to celebrate our families together. Having lost my own mum a few years ago, I now fully appreciate the unique and special gift that is motherhood.

“Watching your children becoming their best happy and self-assured selves is our dream as parents.” – Aedamar Howlett, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland Marketing Director

Charlotte Davies, Coca-Cola GB&I Communications Manager

Charlotte Davies’ children: Darcey and Marley.

What are your little ones called and how old are they?
Darcey, 4 years old and Marley 6 months.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
Every working mum will tell you that it's not always easy to balance your homelife with your worklife, but having an employer that supports you certainly helps. My team at Coke have always been great at allowing me the flexibility I need to juggle both worlds – whether that's working from home, or working flexible hours allowing me to do nursery pick up or drop off. These are the things that really help.

What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Watching your children laugh is honestly one of the best feelings in the world.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day yet?
Spending the day together as a family, including my mum.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?
Rest!

Emily Pittman, Coca-Cola GB&I Senior Manager for Revenue Growth Management

Emily Pittman, enjoying a Diet Coke.

What are your little ones called and how old are they?
Sophia who’s 4 and Harrison who’s 2.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
Being a mum at Coca-Cola is great, I have an amazing manager who understands the demands of being a mum but also respects my ambition to be the best at work and allows me the flexibility to do both jobs to the best of my ability.

Balance is always hard, but I believe that if you make a choice to be a working mum then make the most of what you have decided upon and embrace the positives.

What’s the best thing about being a mum?
The unconditional love and harmony it brings me – I can’t imagine my life without my children.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day?
So far I have an early pub lunch with a few other mums and their families arranged.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?
Brunch with the kids, then a full spa treatment a bit of shopping then sun at the park with the kids.

Clara Leal, Coca-Cola GB&I Senior Finance Manager

Clara Leal and her family.

What are your little ones called and how old are they?
Camilla, who’s 3 years old and Anna who’s 8 months.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
Coke is a great employer for working mums, allowing flexible work and perks. Balancing work and family is always a challenge. What works for me is splitting everything 50/50 with my husband and being 100% focus on what I’m doing at each time of the day – but weekdays are crazy busy and exhausting! 

What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Having fun and cuddles with my girls.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day?
I’m expecting a surprise from my husband!

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?
Sleeping in and then a lovely family brunch.

“Coke is great employer for working mums, allowing flexible work and perks.” – Clara Leal, Coca-Cola GB&I Senior Finance Manager

Hilary Quinn, Coca-Cola TM Western Europe Business Unit (WEBU) Marketing Director

Hilary Quinn and her girls.

What are the names of your little ones and how old are they?
I have three daughters: Amelia 12 years, Louisa 9 years and Freya 6 years.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family? 
Coca-Cola GB is very supportive of working mums. We’re offered flexibility and support in lots of different ways, such as having summer hours every Friday during the summer months where we finish at 12.30pm so we can spend more time with our family. 

What’s the best thing about being a mum? 
My three little ladies (as I call them) are my greatest achievement and as I watch them grow up I am constantly in awe and so proud of what smart, beautiful and kind people they are becoming. They also make me laugh more than anyone else.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day?  
I will be spending the day with my husband, my three little girls and my own mum, probably having a big lunch and then taking our dog Alfie down to the beach for a swim.  My husband insisted on a male dog given how many women there are in our house!

“Coca-Cola is very supportive of working mums.”
– Hilary Quinn, Coca-Cola WEBU Marketing Director

Joan O’Connor, Coca-Cola WEBU PR Director

Joan O’Connor with her daughter, Molly.

What’s your little one called and how old are they?
Her name’s Molly and she’s 15 and 5ft 10! She makes me feel very small.

What's it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
I was three years into my role at Coke before I got pregnant with Molly so she has only ever known her mum working for Coke. When I returned from maternity leave my boss at the time was amazing and he was keen to motivate me to stay and help me balance being a mum with having a career. 

What's the best thing about being a mum?  
Honestly it’s hard to put into words but every age and phase for me personally has been a wonderful experience and a lot of fun so far! Who knows, I still have a few teenage years left to navigate…

Do you know what you'll be doing on Mother's Day?
Taking Molly horse-riding no doubt at 9am in the morning – but later I’ll be enjoying some quality time with my mum and Molly.

What would your ideal Mother's Day involve?
The Notebook or Marley and Me – we sob every time we watch them without fail, which is weirdly rather therapeutic!

“When I returned from maternity leave my boss at the time was amazing and he was keen to motivate me to stay and help me balance being a mum with having a career.” – Joan O’Connor, Coca-Cola WEBU PR Director

Lucy Leverett, Coca-Cola WEBU Internal Communications Director

Lucy Leverett and one of her boys take a refreshing break from skiing.

What are your little ones called and how old are they?
My not-so-little ones are 16, 16 and 14 years old.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
My kids are at an age where they understand that there are busier times and quieter times. I did miss the boys’ birthday three years in a row because I was travelling, but generally I’m lucky that my role is flexible enough that I can get to most parents’ evenings and school shows.

What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Watching them develop their own weird and wonderful personalities.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day yet?
Taking a mum-friend from New York out to dinner. (It’s not Mothers’ Day in the US until May so she’ll be celebrated twice!)

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?
Spending time together as a family.

Donnay Carter, WEBU Senior Brand Manager

What’s your little one called and how old is she?
I have a naughty little daughter whose name is Gia and she’s 3 and a half.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?
I think being a mum comes with many pressures. There’s the constant need to make sure you’re doing what’s right for your child: am I feeding her the right foods? Teaching her the right manners? Protecting her from danger? Am I overprotecting her? The list goes on and on!

When you add work to the mix, the overall pressure increases and you’re given a nice juicy side order of guilt for not spending more time with your child. But my line manager is understanding to the needs of working mums so I’m not made to feel guilty if I have to work from home if Gia is unwell, or leave early to go to her concerts or ballet recitals.

The greatest benefit about being a Coca-Cola mum is that I believe I am setting a good example for Gia and she already tells me that when she grows up she wants to do what I do.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?
Sleeping late (anything after 6am would be great), breakfast in bed with the family and ideally if I could spend the rest of the day at a spa, I would be happy.

“The greatest benefit about being a Coca-Cola mum is that I believe I am setting a good example for Gia and she already tells me that when she grows up she wants to do what I do.” – Donnay Carter, WEBU Senior Brand Manager

How are you spending Mother’s Day? Tweet us a pic @CocaCola_GB.