Victoria Miles, MD, emerging markets credit trading, J.P. Morgan
Works 4 days per week
One of the first people within J.P. Morgan’s markets business to formally move to a part-time schedule, Miles has been promoted several times since she went flexible, becoming a managing director in 2008. She was previously the firm’s number one analyst in the EM corporate bond market and moved from research into trading in 2010. Miles is a senior member of J.P. Morgan's Emerging Markets Credit Trading team, and oversees structured and illiquid investment opportunities for the firm, across global emerging markets including Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. Miles has worked part time since 2003, giving her more flexibility to spend time with her three children, and also allowing her to perform non-executive duties - most recently for a microfinance lender in Azerbaijan.
Aika Stephenson, founder, Just for Kids Law
Works 2 days per week
Stephenson co-founded Just for Kids Law in 2006, a service offering legal support to young people in crisis, while working as a criminal defence lawyer specialising in representing children, in particular those with special educational needs. Stephenson opted to go part time in order to set up the charity, after identifying a lack of support for vulnerable children in the criminal justice system. Just for Kids Law has since grown considerably and now employs frontline and managerial staff, allowing Stephenson to focus on developing the overall standard and ethos of its work. Just for Kids Law now helps more than 700 young people each year and Stephenson is leading a community development pilot to help increase the charity’s reach. She also has two young sons and continues to work part time as a lawyer for Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors.
Tim Hughes, managing director, ionStar
Works 3 days a week
For 13 years before joining ionStar, Hughes was UK MD of FTSE 250 firm IG, world leader in financial derivatives trading with 1,100 employees and annual sales totalling more than £360m. Wanting to ‘re-take control of his life’, Hughes turned down the opportunity of another senior appointment after leaving IG. Instead, he joined ionStar, at the time a brand new business, to lead its operations, grow the network and drive profitability. Compliance specialist ionStar relies upon a network of experienced compliance professionals who work flexibly and remotely to achieve a better work/life balance than typically associated with conventional, all-consuming City roles. As well as helping him stay fresh and engaged with his job, Hughes new flexible work schedule also allows more time to spend with his family and has helped him fulfil a long-held ambition to be a volunteer crew-member with the Thames Lifeboats.