Jennifer Duvalier, executive vice president, people, ARM
Works 90% contracted hours
Duvalier is responsible for delivering the global people strategy for one of the UK’s leading tech businesses, ARM. She leads a function of 70 employees and manages a £15m budget at the Cambridge-cluster favourite, which designs the processors providing the intelligence in a third of all the digital electronic goods sold each year around the world, including smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. Since the company started in 1990, around 60 billion chips utilising ARM technology have been shipped. Jennifer has worked part time in a variety of organisations and sectors since returning from maternity leave 14 years ago and chooses to maintain her working pattern for better personal balance. She is often approached by professionals looking to adopt a similar pattern and says her answer is always: "You can!"
Pascale Demont, UK chief operating officer, AXA Investment Managers
Works 4 days per week
Pascale is the UK Chief Operating Officer at AXA Investment Managers, a global asset management firm with €607bn in assets under management and approximately 2,400 employees. For the last 13 years, Pascale has worked four days a week primarily because she has three children. She has been promoted five times since changing her working pattern. She has held various positions at AXA IM including head of fund distribution, client service director, head of corporate finance and now Chief Operating Officer. Ahead of each new appointment she has discussed with the business whether she would revert to working full time. However, she has chosen to maintain her four-day week, as she believes this is the most productive arrangement for both her and the business.
Jo Moffatt, chief engineer, Atkins
Works 3 days per week
As a chartered civil engineer and operations manager in Atkins’ oil and gas business, Jo leads a team of 70 engineers. She started her career at Epsom-based Atkins - the UK’s largest engineering consultancy -18 years ago, and has worked on a part time basis for the last 12 of them.. Jo’s major career progression has happened while working part time: she has successfully moved from technical work to project and business management, including a key role as delivery manager during the London 2012 Olympics, as well as her current senior management position. Jo originally started working part time to spend more time with her children, now aged 10 and 12, and says she always feels motivated to take on new challenges.