Meet the makers who march to a part time beat

POWER PART TIME 50: It's time to meet three inspiring makers who build even greater things - and greater products - thanks to their flexible working hours.

by Andrew Saunders
Last Updated: 01 Sep 2016

Are you a power part-timer? Do you know one? Enter the fifth annual Power Part Time 50 here

There's just over a fortnight to go until the entries for the next Power Part Time 50, the biggets and best line up of top executives who work a part-time week, close. So there's still plenty of time to get your entries in.

Here are a few inspring role models from last year's list, all of them involved in actually making stuff - from oil and gas engineering to architecture and FMCG's. And all doing it on a 3 or 4 day working week. If they can do it, so could you.

There's even going to be a new category this time, for ones to watch. Introduced at the behest of the judges, our Ones to Watch will recognise those part timers who are younger and less senior but equally impressive in terms of where they have got to on the career ladder.

So don't be shy - if you are a part-timer, or you know someonewho is, why not enter? You could be on the next Power Part Time 50.


Works: 3 days a week

Rachel is a Chartered Engineer and Associate Director in the Energy business of Atkins - one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. She is responsible for delivering the company’s key global account with BP. Rachel supports the European Oil and Gas Business Director in managing a 300 strong team and sits on the European board. Prior to her appointment as Key Account Manager and Delivery Director for BP, she led a £13m business with 90 staff as Atkins’ Oil & Gas Operations manager, while working part time. She requested part time hours at Atkins after the birth of her second child in 2009 and has since helped to roll out flexible working across the business for all staff. 


Works: 4 days a week (inc one 1 from home)

Director of EPR’s technical team, Dieter is responsible for the practice’s contract, risk and quality management, including professional indemnity issues. He oversees and advises EPR’s design teams on best practice, and maintains the practice’s RIBA Chartered Practice status. Dieter is a member of the RIBA’s equality, diversity and inclusion forum, Architects for Change, as well as its regulations and standards advisory group. He is also a Project Co-ordinator for FLUID, a construction industry diversity mentoring scheme. Dieter currently works part time to manage the design and construction of a new-build home for himself and his husband. Once the house is complete, Dieter will continue working part time to enable him to take an active role in supporting his mother to continue living independently.


Works: 4 days a week

Becky’s career at P&G began in 2002 and she is currently responsible for leading P&G’s entire category management capability alongside the commercial planning of the P&G beauty portfolio, which includes world-famous brands such as Olay and Max Factor. Her role covers six European markets and she oversees 250 employees across category management, in-store execution and beauty. An authentic leader, Becky supports recruitment, learning and development across the wider business and is a sought-after mentor. During Becky’s career at P&G she has led numerous successful businesses across different categories. She adjusted her working pattern following the birth of her son.

Are you a power part-timer? Do you know one? Enter the fifth annual Power Part Time 50 here


Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

The Big Pharma gender conundrum

The pharmaceutical industry is championing women in its workforce - but is failing to get...

How one profitable company manages the four-day week

CEO and owner of CMG Technologies, Rachel Garrett, makes every week a bank holiday for...

How can SMEs cope with the latest hike in inflation?

MT Asks: With the latest inflation update from the Bank of England crushing any business...

Karen Blackett

Leadership clinic: "How do I motivate my team when we're all exhausted?"

Karen Blackett OBE, UK country manager of WPP, Group M UK CEO and a former...

Dog, bear and cat

The Animal Rich List: These animals are worth more than you

C-suite roles might be famously well paid, but these animals are worth more. Much more....

How leaders can create a culture of learning

Rich Westman, CEO and founder of start-up Kaido, argues that creating a strong learning culture...