The Power Part Timers 2018 A-E

These part-time powerhouses prove that quality beats quantity any day.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 23 Feb 2018

Counsel and Head of Fuse
Allen & Overy
Pattern worked: 3.5 days a week

In addition to her role as Counsel, Shruti heads up Fuse, A&O’s new tech innovation space, which launched in September 2017. She was responsible for co-developing the Fuse concept, as well as creating and managing all aspects of the programme, from devising the selection process to ensuring internal buy-in and running client-facing activity. A mother of three, who is also a school governor and charity fundraiser, Shruti was promoted into both her current roles while working part-time. She is a strong advocate for the benefits of flexible working, believing that Fuse’s technology agenda will help drive increased flexibility within the firm, and showing by example that it is possible to do cutting-edge legal work on a part-time basis.

Company Secretary and Director of Governance
Auto Trader Group
Pattern worked: 4 days a week (annualised)

Claire is responsible for managing the Board of Directors, as well as ensuring that the company complies with Stock Exchange listing rules and has a robust framework for governance, compliance and risk management in place. She is also joint lead of the Finance Tribe, the company’s financial department, managing around 70 people. Although the Company Secretary role was advertised on a full-time basis, Claire persuaded her interviewers that she had the skills and experience to fulfil it part-time, allowing her to spend more time with her young twins. She champions flexible working through her membership of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and has more part-time workers in the Finance Tribe than any other department. 

Director of Delivery and Growth
Pattern worked: 4 days a week

With a remit for developing the strategic direction of the Delivery and Growth team, Carolyn has been instrumental in expanding Simplyhealth’s service offering to include everyday healthcare delivery and support. She is a member of the senior leadership team, with strategic, management and financial accountabilities. Carolyn’s newly created role was advertised as full-time, because whilst Simplyhealth embraces part-time working, it had not yet delivered it at director level. Carolyn applied wanting a part-time role, to allow her time for family, medical and religious commitments, and persuaded her interviewer that she could deliver her KPIs in a four-day week. By making a success of her role, she has created a strong case for flexible working which has been supported by the company’s leaders and her team.

Gowling WLG
Pattern worked: 4 days a week

Alex is a leading Intellectual Property (IP) litigation partner, who also co-chairs Gowling WLG’s global tech sector team. She combines her legal practice and strategic activity with networking support, helping her clients make long-lasting business connections. Recent recognition includes listings in the Global Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property, and Trademark Star and Patent Star recognition in the 2017 IP Stars Guide. She was also described as a great strategist and tactician in Chambers UK. Alex has been promoted twice, to Director and then Partner, since going part-time to balance work and family life. She also helped pilot and launch the firm’s internal mentoring programme aimed at senior female lawyers, as part of the firm’s Inclusion Strategy.

Editor-in-Chief, Style Magazine and Luxury Content Director
The Sunday Times, News UK
Pattern worked: 4 days a week

Lorraine’s two roles at News UK centre on the development of the company’s luxury fashion and beauty presence. She is responsible for developing new ideas across both digital and print platforms, and creating new collaborations and partnerships within the luxury sector, all of which extend the awareness and influence of the Sunday Times brand. She has recently spearheaded a redesign of Style magazine and introduced StylePlay, a new video-only channel. Lorraine negotiated a part-time role when she joined News UK, having previously worked part-time at Elle UK to balance work and family life, as a mother of four. She also supports the paper’s partnership with The Female Lead, which promotes the mentoring of young women at work.

Partner and Director of Human Resources
Mishcon de Reya
Pattern worked: 4 days a week

Vanessa works with Mishcon de Reya’s senior team to bring together the strategic, financial and people elements of their future business strategy. She has reset the firm’s people agenda, creating and promoting a performance culture that maximises talent at all levels, whilst having the operational flexibility to meet the evolving expectations of both colleagues and clients. Vanessa was hired into the firm on a part-time basis, and has shown through her promotion to Senior Equity Partner that flexible working is not a barrier to success. As well as spending time with her children, Vanessa uses her time outside work to give business support to a local homelessness charity. She is also a Non-Exec Director of an information and on-line solutions business, supporting school leaders and governors.

Managing Director
Kantar TNS
Pattern worked: 3.5 days a week

Eve is a member of the Kantar TNS UK Board, representing the consumer, retail and leisure sector, as well as mother to two primary school aged boys. As the Managing Director, she leads a team of 70 people; in her Board role, she helps drive the strategic direction of the organisation and holds responsibility for the P&L. She also enjoys unlocking purpose, pride and passion in her colleagues and clients.

Throughout her career, Eve has worked with global brands, providing them with insight to help drive growth within their business. Outside of her sector focus, she is a leading figure in Kantar’s inclusion and diversity strategy. She champions greater awareness of mental health issues at work and is a qualified business coach.

Continuous Improvement Leader, Europe and Global Delivery
Pattern worked: 90% contract

Christina’s current role was created specifically with her skill set in mind. Her goal is to drive client service delivery excellence, improving the culture whilst achieving efficiency savings across a global team of 3,200 individuals. She is also charged with helping prepare the firm and its teams for the impact of new technologies including AI. Using her flexible arrangement to balance family, charity and personal wellbeing needs with her career, Christina has been promoted five times whilst working part-time at Mercer. As well as mentoring colleagues, she is highly visible as a flexible-working role model on social media, and is often asked to share her story to show that part-time working doesn’t have to limit career progression.

Executive Vice-President
Capgemini UK
Pattern worked: 50% contract

Lance has worked at Capgemini for over 22 years, during which he has successfully managed a variety of projects. His highlights include turning a European automotive account into one of Capgemini’s top performers, leading a customer’s successful Data Security programme and, most recently, extending and deepening the relationship with another key account to secure its future. Lance requested a part-time arrangement as an alternative to retiring, and now works one week on, one week off, with the full support of his managers and customers. He is keen to show by example that flexibility is possible for senior, client-facing roles, and has a history of encouraging others to consider flexible working.

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