These are the UK's 50 most powerful part-time executives

Get inspired by this year's selection of 50 of the UK's most senior and inspiring part-time executives from MT and Timewise Jobs - the Power Part Time 50 2015.

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Last Updated: 19 Apr 2016

THIAGO DE MORAES, CREATIVE PARTNER & HEAD OF CREATIVE INNOVATION, AMV BBDO

Works: 3 days a week

De Moraes is part of the management team at AMV BBDO, the UK’s largest advertising agency, and is also a creative director. In the last year he has led the creative output in three winning global advertising pitches, and ground-breaking campaigns for clients including Braun and Pepsi Max. Winner of numerous industry awards, De Moraes was named ‘one of the 50 people that will shape the digital future’ by Revolution magazine and one of the UK’s best digital creative directors by Campaign magazine. He works part time to spend time with his wife and two young children, and to focus on his second career as an author and illustrator of children’s books. His first book - 'The Zoomers' Handbook' - was published in October.

ARABEL BAILEY, ACCENTURE DIGITAL LEAD FOR UK & IRELAND, ACCENTURE

Works: 4 days a week

Bailey leads Accenture Digital for the UK and Ireland. This is Accenture’s fastest growing practice and critical to the firm’s growth strategy. She also represents Digital on the UK and Ireland executive committee, working as part of the geographic leadership team to shape the business here. Bailey moved to a part time flexible working pattern following the birth of her first child and continued with it after having twins 3 years later. This has not prevented her from taking on increasingly large leadership roles which she balances with client work. She was promoted in 2013 before being asked to take on her current role in 2014. Working four days a week enables Bailey to spend more time with her three young children,  and her elderly parents.

SONIA CAMPBELL, PARTNER, ADDLESHAW GODDARD                                                                                

Works: full time, during school terms only

Campbell works in Addleshaw Goddard’s litigation department in London. After switching to part time work following the birth of her first child in 2001, she was promoted twice:  from managing associate to legal director in 2011, then to partner in May 2015. Campbell switched from four days a week to a term time working pattern after returning to work in 2011, following the birth of her second child; she was promoted to partner whilst working her current term time schedule. While she is flexible with her work pattern, she normally takes all school holidays off to be with her children. Campbell is approached regularly by associates to understand more about flexible working and recently discussed diversity issues in the UK legal profession at a FTSE 100 legal summit in the US.

KATIE MCQUAID, DIRECTOR, FULFILMENT BY AMAZON, UK AMAZON EU SARL (UK)

Works: 4 days a week

McQuaid is a director for Amazon’s Marketplace division, which enables thousands of SMEs and household brands to sell products on Amazon, and she is also responsible for the UK Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) business.  Today 45% of worldwide purchases from Amazon’s sites are made from third-party sellers. FBA is one of Amazon’s fastest-growing businesses, with 70% more UK sellers using the service last year and 40% of stock in Amazon’s fulfilment centres globally being seller-owned. Since joining, McQuaid has reconfigured her management team and recruited talent to collaborate with teams across Amazon, maintaining rapid growth. McQuaid began working part time in her previous role at Tesco, launching Tesco’s marketplace and subsequently becoming UK Clubcard director. A mother of two young sons, McQuaid is pioneering new flexible working arrangements at Amazon.

STUART CLARKE, PRINCIPAL, A.T. KEARNEY

Works: 4 days a week

At management consultancy A.T. Kearney, Clarke leads the business development and delivery of strategic projects with multinational consumer goods companies, across strategy, supply chain transformation and acquisitions. He has won several company awards for leadership and client project work. Clarke’s other responsibilities include leading the company’s European supply chain planning centre of excellence, judging its annual global competition for MBA students, as well as recruitment, training and mentoring. He is also the company’s flexible working champion, helping to improve existing working arrangements for 180 employees, 18% of whom are on flexible work arrangements. He moved to a four day week in 2012 after 2 years with A.T. Kearney, to be able to share childcare with his wife

RACHEL COOK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ATKINS

Works: 3 days a week

Cook 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 – where she is responsible for delivering the company’s key global account with BP. Cook supports the European oil and gas business director in managing a 300 strong team and sits on Atkins’ European board. Prior to her appointment as key account manager and delivery director for the BP account, she led a £13m business with 90 staff as Atkins’ oil & gas operations manager, also 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.  

ROB PRICE, HEAD OF DEPOSIT TAKERS DIVISION, BANK OF ENGLAND

Works: 4 days a week
 
Price’s role is within the Bank of England’s Legal Directorate, which performs wide-ranging legal advisory and support services both for the Bank and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), working closely with business areas on a wide range of key UK and international issues. Price leads a team of 18 lawyers and provides support to key stakeholders throughout the Bank and PRA. He moved to part time working in 2007 just before the financial crisis, when he supported the (then) Financial Services Authority (FSA) whilst working four days a week. Price works part time to share childcare responsibilities for his two children with his wife.

SIMON STEEDEN,PARTNER AND HEAD OF TWO PRACTICE GROUPS, BATES WELLS BRAITHWAITE        

Works: 4 days a week (inc 2 half days from home)
 
 As a director of Friends of the Earth and head of commercial solicitor BWB’s electoral, political and campaigning law and environmental practice groups, Steeden has advised numerous environmental and campaigning organisations, including 38 Degrees, Amnesty, the Green Party, Shelter and WaterAid. He advises charities, social enterprises and other civil society organisations on establishment, financing, governance, restructuring and trading. He was recently appointed by the Cabinet Office to provide legal advice to the independent statutory review of election campaigning by non-parties. Steeden has worked part time since the birth of his daughter in 2010 and was appointed partner at BWB last year. He is recognised as a leading individual for electoral law by Legal 500, a Super Lawyer for charity law advice by Super Lawyers magazine, and a ‘charity star under 35’ by Charity Finance magazine.

JOHN DUNCANSON, SENIOR VP & MANAGING DIRECTOR CAPGEMINI SCOTLAND , CAPGEMINI

Works: 4 days a week
 
As UK head of local and devolved government, Duncanson is responsible for Capgemini’s work for Scotland and Wales’ devolved governments, for local authorities and the NHS. In addition, he is managing director of Capgemini Scotland, with approximately 1,500 employees in key business areas including consulting, technology and infrastructure services. The Capgemini Group is Europe's largest information technology company: in Scotland, its main clients include the Scottish Government and several utilities and financial service companies. He has been MD since 2004 and requested part time hours in 2008, aiming to maintain his portfolio of skills and diverse interests including golf and travelling. He planned to retire two years later at 60. Now 65, he still enjoys working, and has continued to help grow and develop both the business and his team.

CATH INGHAM, PARTNER, DELOITTE  

Works: 4 days a week

An equity partner in Deloitte’s corporate tax practice, Ingham specialises in serving large multinational clients; she leads a team that helps UK listed businesses with their tax affairs. She is also Deloitte’s talent lead for Reading and Southampton business tax practice, and performs a central role in key firm initiatives, including developing its market strategy for the FTSE 250. Additionally, she helped to launch Deloitte’s new Tax Analyst Graduate Academy. Ingham was promoted to equity partner in June 2015 on a part time basis. She has worked part time since returning from her first maternity leave in 2010, enabling her to spend time with her family and fit in her love for eventing horses.

ANGELA RYKER GALLAGHER, INVESTOR RELATIONS DIRECTOR, DIAGEO

Works: 3 days a week

Ryker Gallagher has worked in a number of roles for Diageo for more than a decade, spearheading initiatives in Thailand, Nigeria, Trinidad and France and leading key projects for Diageo’s global functions. In her current position, she plays a key role between Diageo and the financial community, using in-depth analysis of financial information to help cement Diageo’s reputation with investors as a well-known, trusted FTSE 100 company. Her work helps drive Diageo’s reporting, encompassing its diverse portfolio of brands and many listed subsidiaries that span more than 180 countries. With a fluid approach to her working pattern, part time working helps Ryker Gallagher to balance key ‘set piece’ events, such as results announcements, capital markets days and key investor roadshows with family life and spending time with her three young children.

MARK WEBB, HEAD OF GROUP SOCIAL MEDIA, DIXONS CARPHONE PLC

Works: 4 days a week

Webb launched and manages Dixons Carphone’s ground-breaking corporate social media strategy, targeting media, stakeholders and employees via three Twitter and other social media feeds as part of the £10bn company’s wider communications plan. His work has won numerous awards, with CEO Sebastian James comfortably the most ‘followed’ CEO on the FTSE 100. James was also named #1 in Retail Week’s ‘Power 100’ and is one of the media’s ‘go-to’ people for industry comment. Previously, Webb was head of media relations and company spokesperson for Dixons Carphone, including throughout the financial crisis. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008; his current part time role was established to enable him to manage his chronic illness whilst still fully supporting business goals.

DIETER BENTLEY-GOCKMANN, DIRECTOR, EPR ARCHITECTS

Works: 4 days a week (inc 1 from home)
 
Director of EPR’s technical team, Bentley-Gockmann 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. Bentley-Gockmann 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. He 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, Bentley-Gockmann will continue working part time to enable him to take an active role in supporting his mother to continue living independently.

SIMON ALLPORT, NORTH REGION MARKETS LEADER, EY

Works: 80% of full-time hours
 
Allport leads a 1,500-strong team across nine EY offices in the north of England and Scotland. He sits on the firm’s UK & Ireland leadership board and is also Managing Partner for the north west practice. Throughout a 30-year career as a restructuring partner, Allport has led many high profile administrations, and has been at the forefront of developing EY’s strategy in the UK & Ireland. Allport began working flexibly in 2013 at the peak of his career. He takes extended leave to pursue his passion for skiing, water sports and cycling. Spending these periods overseas with his wife and three sons re-energises him both personally and professionally.

NICOLA TASKIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SENIOR ENGINEER, GOLDMAN SACHS 

Works: 3.5 days a week

As a program manager, Taskis is responsible for providing transparency and direction for large, widespread projects across the engineering organisation at leading investment bank Goldman Sachs. Her primary focus is on coordinating the development and rollout of a new sales and trading framework across three asset classes in fixed income. In this and other projects, her role is instrumental in consolidating strategy and integrating different project streams. Taskis switched to a four day week in 2009 following the birth of her second child, continuing to manage the EMEA securities surveillance development team in Goldman Sachs’ Compliance Technology group. After her third maternity leave in 2012, she moved into program management, which has enabled her to manage her time and workload more autonomously. She was promoted to senior engineer last year.

ALICE BREEDEN, DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE OPERATIONS, GOOGLE

Works: 4 days a week

Breeden’s role is one of the most senior HR positions at Google. She is responsible for overseeing People Operations in five areas of Google's sales organisation, including sales operations, partnerships and marketing across the entire EMEA region – encompassing employees in over 20 countries. Breeden joined Google in 2014 after being recruited to work with its most senior sales leaders; prior to this, she led a highly-influential team at global management consultancy McKinsey. A mother of three, she has worked part time for a decade. She actively advises the sales business about flexibility at work, helping Googlers across teams to find creative ways to work better and smarter in all that they do. She is also a mentor for others wishing to work flexibly.

ANITA KIDGELL, VP CORPORATE STRATEGY, GSK

Works: 4 days a week

Kidgell works closely with GSK’s CEO, corporate executive team and senior management to identify, evaluate and then act upon key areas of strategic importance at GSK, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies. She works in a variety of different areas from evaluating opportunities within R&D, through to corporate competitor intelligence and the execution of new strategic directions. In the last six months, her role has extended to include the coordination and direction of matters relating to the office of the CEO, reporting into the Chief Strategy Officer and CEO. She has worked part time for the last 13 years while raising her family, and having previously worked for GSK from 1998- 2006, she  was appointed to her current role with the firm in 2008 on a flexible part time basis.

SAM LYTHGOE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UK & EMEA, HILL+KNOWLTON STRATEGIES                                                                       

Works: 4 days a week (inc 2 at home)
 
Lythgoe is responsible for PR agency H+K Strategies’ central new business efforts as well as its centralised marketing, external communications, social media and digital channels across the UK and - since last year - the whole of the EMEA region, covering 40 markets and more than 900 people. Her increased remit in overseeing the agency’s biggest region reflects her success while working part time: she switched to four days in 2009 on return from her first maternity leave and currently works two days in the office and two from home. On joining the agency 17 years ago, Lythgoe progressed quickly, establishing her own 2m Euro business unit in a previous role and and becoming H+K's youngest board director in 2003.

JOANNA MUNRO, GLOBAL HEAD OF FIDUCIARY GOVERNANCE, HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD

Works: 3 days a week

Previously CEO of HSBC Global Asset Management Asia, Munro moved to part time working on her return to the UK last year. In addition to her fiduciary governance responsibilities, she is a sponsor of the firm’s conduct program and the graduate program.  She is on the boards of HSBC Global Asset Management Ltd and the HSBC Global Investment Funds in Luxembourg. She is also a director of industry body The Investment Association.  Munro works part time so that she can make time for her two sons while also taking a Masters in Creative Writing.

LUCY JEFFERYS, UKI DISTRIBUTION SECTOR LEADER, IBM

Works: 4 days a week

Jefferys is an executive partner within the global business services of IBM, the world's largest IT and consulting services company. Recently, she has also taken on the role of leader for IBM’s distribution sector in UK and Ireland, having previously led a service line for the European distribution sector. She is now responsible for a business unit that delivered $250m+ in revenue last year, and will oversee growth strategy and management of sales and delivery for all consulting projects across numerous industries, including life sciences & pharmaceutical, retail and transport. Jefferys moved to part time working eight years ago to spend more time with her two daughters; since then, she has been promoted to associate partner and then to executive partner, and has won numerous industry awards.

ALISON WILSON, HEAD OF TREASURY & GOVERNANCE, INNOCENT DRINKS

Works: 4 days a week
 
In seven years at innocent (five of those working part time), Wilson has been promoted from treasury manager to treasurer to her current role, where she is responsible for managing financial risk and is accountable for funding and cash management, supporting significant European growth. She is also innocent’s ethics officer and key contact for shareholders on governance, and sits on the company’s people steering group, advising on HR matters. She is also a trustee of the innocent Foundation, innocent’s programme to support global charities fighting hunger. Wilson has two children and continues to run a medical device business she started in 2004.

JAYNE AINSWORTH, MD & INSTITUTIONAL EMEA COO, J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT 

Works: 4 days a week
 
Ainsworth is directly responsible for end-to-end client service functions for approximately 1,300 corporate clients. Her role includes the management of strategy and projects, as well as recruitment and people development; she oversees more than 70 employees. Ainsworth began working part time at J.P. Morgan in 2001, following her first maternity leave. After a second maternity break in 2004, she worked in one of J.P. Morgan’s first senior job share roles, leading the US and sovereign client account management teams. Her proven track record as a respected partner led to further promotions: to executive director, then managing director in 2014. Under her leadership, her team consistently achieves high scores in annual surveys on partnership, client service and overall business support. Ainsworth works part time to spend more time with her children and elderly mother.

SUZANNE BUDSWORTH, HEAD OF OPERATIONAL SERVICES, KINAPSE

Works: 3 days a week

Budsworth oversees global operational services for Kinapse, which provides services to the life sciences industry and has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. She has been instrumental in its success and is responsible for the delivery of technical documentation on drug safety and clinical trial reports in every country in the world – and for nine of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical companies. Originally working full time in client advisory roles, when Budsworth returned from her first maternity leave she moved to a part time project role in which she advised the Board and CEO on strategy. Her success led to two promotions: to head of strategy then to head of operational services, where now she leads nearly 500 staff in the US, Europe and India.

KATIE OWEN, SENIOR PRIVATE BANKER, KLEINWORT BENSON

Works: 60% full-time hours
 
Owen has responsibility for assets under management worth approximately £150m, on behalf of individuals, families, charities and trusts, and provides assistance on all aspects of wealth management and preservation. She recently returned from her second maternity leave, during which she launched her own luxury wider-fit shoe brand, Sargasso & Grey. Despite the adjustment to her working hours, she has retained the majority of her banking clients. Owen spends Fridays with her two young sons but is flexible with the rest of her working time, enabling her to meet client demands while also focusing on her fledgling business.

MAGGIE MORRISSEY, PARTNER, KPMG

Works: 4 days a week

Morrissey describes herself as a KPMG ‘lifer’, having joined the big four accountants straight from university. 30 years later, she is one of the firm’s most experienced transactions specialists. For the last two decades, she has provided financial due diligence support to a mixture of corporate and private equity clients when they are buying or selling companies. She now leads London region transaction services, a 20-strong team she built from scratch, which advises mid-market and privately-owned companies. Throughout her career, Morrissey has demonstrated a love of people development and is a mentor to many colleagues. She takes Fridays off to mentor students at Burlington Danes Academy, and to volunteer at two charities: MyBnk (providing financial education for young people) and Honeypot (respite breaks and outreach support for young carers and vulnerable children).

SOPHIE BLACK, PARTNER, MERCER

Works 90% full-time hours

As a partner in the talent business within leading global consultancy Mercer, Black delivers strategic projects for some of the UK’s largest companies. She oversees a challenging portfolio, creating thought leadership and innovative methodologies. She is part of the leadership team and is enthusiastic about developing colleagues. In 2012 Sophie moved to a 90% work pattern to pursue her interest in psychotherapy; she is currently studying for an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and as part of that course works with clients in low-cost psychotherapy and volunteers on a psychiatric ward. Mercer’s senior leadership team have been fully supportive of this move and believe it has enhanced Black’s ability as a consultant. She was promoted to partner a year after changing her work pattern and is one of the highest-performing partners in the talent business.

ELLIE PYEMONT & PENNY COOMBE, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR, PUBLIC INQUIRY TEAM, METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE

Work: 60% full-time hours each (job share)

Detective Inspectors Pyemont (right) and Coombe are the Metropolitan Police Service’s most senior jobsharers. They are the deputy leaders of the team responding to a current public inquiry into undercover policing. This role involves managing highly sensitive material, and liaison with key stakeholders on issues of substantial public concern. They have also worked on the MPS's response to the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review and a project to improve the service’s information management. Pyemont recently gained an MSc in Police Leadership, receiving a distinction. After maternity leave with twins, she has worked in full time and part time roles. Coombe was promoted during her second maternity leave, having previously worked part time. They have found the best fit for career development in their jobshare, which enables them to combine time with their families with a challenging career.

LOUISE FARNWORTH, UK HR DIRECTOR, NATIONAL GRID

Works: 80% full-time hours

Farnworth is a UK executive committee member for National Grid, leading the HR function for all five of its UK businesses and reporting to the group HR director and the executive director, UK. She oversees all HR responsibilities, covering nearly 9,000 UK employees. Farnworth joined National Grid on a part time basis in 2005 as HR strategic projects manager, where she was responsible for managing a wide range of strategic HR projects including strategic workforce planning and creating the performance management and talent process. She is a mentor to colleagues and is helping to show by example that National Grid embraces flexible working patterns. She works an 80% contract to allow her to manage her time between work and family.

JAMES MCEWEN, HEAD OF CREDIT & CAPITAL QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH, NOMURA INTL

Works: 4 days a week

McEwen leads a London team of eight highly-skilled quantitative analysts for Asia-based financial services group, Nomura. As part of one of the City’s most successful quantitative research groups, his team is responsible for building financial models used to manage risk and guide complex trading decisions. McEwen has worked part time at Nomura for seven years, enabling him to share childcare responsibilities for four young children with his wife, who is a GP. He has been promoted several times and was recently selected for an internal programme to develop Nomura’s future leaders. He is a role model as one of a small number of male part-time managers in the investment banking industry. Nomura has a flexible working policy designed to complement work-life balance and accepted more than 95% of formal requests last year.

ADRIAN DYER, TRADE MANAGER, NYK GROUP EUROPE

Works: 4.5 days a week

Dyer and his colleagues run a fleet of 120 roll-on/roll-off vessels for one of the world’s largest shipping companies, overseeing the loading of European auto manufacturers' vehicles and shipping them around the globe. He is responsible for ensuring budgetary targets are met, and chairs monthly profit and loss meetings. He directly manages two teams, overseeing recruitment and training and all other aspects of line management. In 2013, Dyer took four months of additional paternity leave, and requested a 4.5 day working week on his return. He also runs a worklife website for dads (citydaduk.com), as well as guest blogging for other sites.

VICTORIA PARRY, PARTNER, HEAD OF UK EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE, OSBORNE CLARKE

Works: 4 days a week

Parry is recognised within the industry as one of the UK’s most prominent employment lawyers, leading various complex high-profile litigation cases. She became the first person to be made partner at Osborne Clarke while working part time in 2003, after switching to a four day week following her first maternity leave (she now has four young children). Parry champions diversity initiatives at OC and mentors other senior lawyers. Since becoming Head of UK Employment in 2014, she has overseen a 17% growth in income for the FY14/15, with FY15/16 currently on course for a similar performance. OC ‘s UK employment team is made up of 24 highly experienced lawyers, including part time and flexible workers across three UK offices, forming part of the firm’s international employment business across 20 international locations.

BECKY GOODALL, COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS & BEAUTY DIRECTOR, NORTHERN EUROPE, PROCTER & GAMBLE

Works: 4 days a week

Goodall is currently responsible for leading P&G’s entire category management capability, alongside the commercial planning of the P&G beauty portfolio (which includes such world-famous brands as Olay and Max Factor). Her role covers six European markets and she oversees 250 employees across category management, in-store execution and beauty. Goodall supports recruitment, learning and development across the wider business and is a much sought-after mentor within P&G. Her career with the firm began in 2002 and she has led numerous successful businesses across different categories. She changed to part-time hours following the birth of her son.

EMMA COX, PARTNER, UK SUSTAINABILITY & CLIMATE CHANGE LEADER, PWC

Works: 3 days a week

Cox has worked a three-day week at PwC since becoming a parent in 1998 - something that was viewed as ground-breaking at that time. In 2001 she moved from her long-term career as an auditor to help build a transaction structuring business, becoming a partner in 2003. Cox has since been ppromoted to a number of leadership positions including a role as people partner for PwC’s advisory practice, responsible for implementing all aspects of people strategy. Currently, Cox leads a team of 100 sustainability and climate change experts who work with corporate and donor clients on some of the world’s most complex and long term sustainable development issues. She is a member of PwC’s consulting leadership team and was a founder member of the firm’s diversity council.

AMANDA LOVEWELL, DIRECTOR, CORPORATE TREASURY SOLUTIONS, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND

Works: 3.5 days a week

Lovewell is responsible for a portfolio of FTSE 350 companies across the industrial, construction, infrastructure and media industries. She provides advice to the treasury executives of these top corporations, helping structure complex global cash management deals. Working with numerous internal teams, she is also considered a ‘go-to’ point for internationally-related matters. She was hired on a part-time contract five years ago after having twins, and has continued this pattern in three different roles. Within two years of returning to work, Lovewell was promoted from an internal business management role to a director level client-facing position. She was one of the first directors in the transaction services business to work part-time.

CLAIRE FOX, GLOBAL HR & CHILD SAFEGUARDING DIRECTOR, SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL

Works: 4 days a week

Fox is part of Save the Children International’s extended leadership team and has recently begun working with several trustees on the global board. She oversees employee engagement, reward and team effectiveness for 17,000 employees, leading a team of eight managers located across the world. Fox also sets the charity’s strategic direction for the function of child safeguarding. She was appointed to her role earlier this year, continuing a high-profile HR career that included leading a groundbreaking trial at Unilever, in which all job vacancies within a category were advertised as offering flexibility. In six months at Save the Children International, Fox has led its first global employee survey involving all employees. In September, her first book Work-Life Symbiosis was published. She began working part time in February 2013 to spend more time with her family.

JESSICA GROUND, GLOBAL HEAD OF STEWARDSHIP, SCHRODERS

Works: 4 days a week

Ground has two key roles at Schroders, global head of stewardship and UK fund manager. In the latter, alongside two colleagues, she manages funds totalling £10bn on behalf of institutional investors in the UK equity market. As global head of stewardship, a role she was promoted to last year, Ground oversees the eight-strong responsible Investment team. The team votes on 6,000 AGMs, advises companies on improving environmental, social and governance performance, and produces research into issues such as climate change. Jessica also serves on a number of industry bodies. Her working pattern was adjusted in 2007 following the birth of her first child; she now has three children. Since working part time, Ground has won significant new clients and taken on responsibility for an important area of Schroders’s strategic focus.

LUCY CARVER, DIRECTOR OF THE BIGGER PICTURE, SKY

Works: 4 days a week

Carver leads Sky’s responsible business strategy across Europe, and also leads the delivery of Sky UK’s initiatives aimed at inspiring consumer action to drive positive societal change. This includes the Sky Academy, aimed at unlocking the potential of one million young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020 through building practical skills and experience. Carver’s achievements include helping launch Sky’s partnership with British Cycling to encourage 1.7 million more people to cycle; building partnerships between arts organisations and the Sky Arts channels across the UK; and developing the Sky Rainforest Rescue partnership with WWF to help save one billion trees in the Amazon. She has worked part time since 2012 to devote more time witoth her two sons and to her work as a trustee of design incubator Cockpit Arts.

NATALIE LYONS, DIRECTOR, SOCIETE GENERALE

Works: 4 days a week

Lyons is a director of the securities financing and Delta One sales desk in the global markets division of French investment bank Societe Generale. Renowned for her strong success rate, she also manages trainees on the desk, mentoring them within a highly-competitive market. She joined SG in 2013 on a full-time basis and transferred to a part-time working arrangement in February 2015, in order to spend more time with her two young children. Previously, she was a director at Goldman Sachs, where she started her career in 1996. She is leading a trial for introducing successful part-time working contracts into SG.

ANNE-MARIE IMAFIDON, CO-FOUNDER & CEO, STEMETTES

Works: 2 days a week (weekends only)
 
In 2013, Imafidon launched Stemettes, a social enterprise which encourages girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects. She now oversees the running of each of its five impact streams - which include mentoring schemes and public events - while also working a ‘day job’ in a technology role at a global investment bank. She has won numerous awards including the British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year 2013; Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014; Evening Standard’s list of ‘25 under 25s’ and the Guardian’s ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’. Imafidon started Stemettes as a side-project in her spare time; in two years, it has grown to a team of 10 with a forecasted turnover of £250,000.

AMELIA TORODE, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, TBWA\LONDON

Works: 4 days a week
 
Torode is part of the executive leadership team at TBWA\London, one of the best-known and most highly-awarded advertising agencies in the world. She heads up the 15-strong planning department, which she has helped to rebuild since joining in January 2015, and provides strategic leadership on all new business pitches. Torode is also responsible for the launch of ‘Disruption Live’, a new fast-track creative process, and has helped to develop a new vision and strategic ambition across the agency. She works closely with the global CSO based in LA and is increasingly involved in global initiatives. Named ‘Planner of the Year’ and ‘one of the top 10 digital talents in the UK’ by Campaign magazine, Torode was hired into the TBWA\London team on a part-time arrangement, which enables her to spend Fridays with her young sons.

EMMA BUNNELL, PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

Works: 4 days a week

Bunnell leads The Boston Consulting Group's technology advantage practice in London. BCG is one of the world's leading management consulting firms with 82 offices in 46 countries. As a Partner, Bunnell directs teams that deliver work and strategic advice to clients, is responsible for making management decisions for the practice and driving the commercial growth of the business. Her extensive experience helps companies, including major clients in the banking and technology sectors, to tackle important business issues and challenges. As a result of her excellent client work and commercial acumen, she was promoted to a leadership position relatively early in her career. She began working part time three years ago to spend more time with her daughter.

JO MORRELL, COO, THE POOL

Works: 4 days a week

Morell is responsible for the commercial performance of The Pool UK Ltd, the innovative, mobile-first, women’s lifestyle content platform that launched earlier this year. She oversees commercial deals, operations, marketing and investor relations. In less than six months, she has worked to successfully establish the website as a key part of the women's media landscape, growing traffic to over 350,000 unique users every month and securing key commercial partners including Clinique and Microsoft. Morrell’s career in women's media spans almost 20 years, during which time she has overseen the performance of many of the UK's most famous magazine brands including Grazia, Eve and Ideal Home. A mother of three boys, Morrell has worked part time since 2008; she does the school run most days, studies nutritional therapy and volunteers at her son's school.

BECKY BARROW, MONEY EDITOR, THE SUNDAY TIMES

Works: 4 days a week
 
Barrow edits the award-winning Money section of The Sunday Times. Prior to joining The Sunday Times in September last year, she worked at both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail for a number of years. she moved from a five to a four-day week following the birth of her third child to help balance her job and her family life. Barrow was named HeadlineMoney's ‘Journalist of the Year 2015’, with the ST’s Money section winning ‘Consumer Money Title of the Year’ at the same event. She is passionate about supporting women in journalism and helping parents to work flexibly, as she believes that she would not have been able to cope with continuing to work if this lifeline had not been given to her.

MELVYN GRIMWOOD, MONITORING & OVERSIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UBS

Works: 4 days a week

A qualified chartered accountant, Grimwood returned to university six years ago to earn an MSc in Psychology before commencing a short-term contract role in operational risk at UBS. He subsequently completed another MSc in Occupational Psychology. Now in a permanent role at UBS, Grimwood is the global lead and manager of a new holistic employee monitoring capability being rolled out to cover over 90% of firm headcount. Under his leadership, a team of four has implemented the capability in the UK, Americas and APAC regions in just over a year, with global completion due by the end of 2015. A father of two, Grimwood works part time to share childcare with his partner.

ANITA WATERS, GROUP LEGAL DIRECTOR, VIRGIN MANAGEMENT

Works: 4 days a week
 
Waters acts as legal director to Virgin Group’s head office and the Branson family, protecting and enhancing Virgin’s broad portfolio of investments and its reputation by advising on significant transactions and strategic matters. Virgin Group’s assets span a wide range of sectors including travel and leisure, telecoms and media, financial services and health and wellness. Waters was promoted to her role while working a four-day week, having adjusted her working pattern to enable her to spend more time with her young daughters. She is viewed as a ‘trailblazer’ at Virgin, actively supporting flexible working in her role as a senior figure in the business. Waters feels strongly that career progression while working part time is entirely achievable in a supportive, forward-thinking business which genuinely values its people.

AMY MCCONNELL & KATHARINA GROTE, HEAD OF ENTERPRISE LEGAL – PRODUCTS, VODAFONE

Work: 22.5 hrs a week each (Job share)

McConnell (right) & Grote are responsible for ensuring that all elements of Vodafone’s diverse portfolio of products are legally compliant. They manage a team of seven lawyers and liaise with a number of company experts to find solutions that work globally from a regulatory, privacy, tax and legal perspective. Both parents of young children, McConnell and Grote have worked part time for several years, in order to spend more time with their families without compromising their careers. Their job share was established in 2013. Since then, their successes include providing legal support to the integration of products following Vodafone’s acquisition of Cable & Wireless in 2013, and being key drivers behind the launch of an initiative to overhaul Vodafone’s legal entity and billing structures.

SARAH SIMPSON, HEAD OF PRODUCT, PREMIER INN, WHITBREAD

Works: 4 days a week
 
Simpson is the lead decision-maker on all aspects of concept design and physical product innovation for Premier Inn’s 700+ UK hotels, and is currently leading product development for the brand’s launch in Germany. She is the ‘guardian of customer brand standards’ for new builds and refurbishments, covering everything from room designs to team member uniforms. Simpson has worked part-time at Whitbread for 16 years, since the birth of her first child, and joined Premier Inn on a part-time basis 11 years ago. She was promoted to her current role in 2013 and has since led significant brand innovation – such as introducing a new design framework and leading the product development of urban hotel concept, hub by Premier Inn – helping to drive a 15% increase in Premier Inn sales in 2014/15.

HELEN HOLMES, PRODUCT DIRECTOR, RISK MANAGEMENT, WORLDPAY

Works: 4 days a week

Holmes leads the risk management product team in her role at global payments giant Worldpay. On a typical day, Worldpay processes around 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions worldwide. Holmes defines and implements strategic initiatives to drive growth from Worldpay’s suite of anti-fraud products. She joined Worldpay in January 2015 after the birth of her second child, negotiating a four day week for a role advertised as full time. She has since defined a new product strategy and her team is on track to deliver 25% revenue growth. She spends her free day with her two young daughters and uses any spare time in the evenings to write: she is a published teen fiction author with two new titles coming out in 2016.

SUSAN DEARDEN, PARTNER, WRAGGE LAWRENCE GRAHAM & CO

Works: 4 days a week

Dearden helps businesses that are facing prosecution after serious accidents to minimise the financial and reputational consequences. Well-regarded by the legal directories, she has led emotive, challenging and often high profile cases throughout her career. Mother to two teenagers, she qualified as a solicitor 29 years ago and has been an equity partner for 20 years. Dearden leads the women’s networking programme at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and is deputy chair of the Midlands Two Percent Club, which encourages women to seek NED board positions. She volunteers on a local committee which organises monthly cafés for dementia sufferers and their carers; organises an annual national four-day course for young musicians, and is currently using her business contacts to organise a career conference for girls in the Birmingham area who are interested in careers utilising Maths and Science.

JANE VINCENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WS TRAINING

Works: 3 days a week

Twenty years ago, Vincent established private training provider WS Training, working part time from home while bringing up her children. WS Training is now the largest business of its type in the Suffolk region, with five training centres and more than 120 employees. The business delivers 1,000 apprenticeships and trains 6,000 delegates annually, and last year had a turnover of more than £5 million. Vincent oversees three directors in the overall running of the business, and sits on a number of boards in the region, focusing on developing skills strategies, She is passionate about supporting and developing her own staff, many of whom work flexibly.


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