Andrew Matthews, Oxford Instruments Group Operations Director: honoured in the 2013 Power Part Time list
05 December 2013
Andrew Matthews, Oxford Instruments Group Operations Director, has been named in the 2013 Power Part Time list, a roll call featuring 50 powerful UK executives - who all happen to work part time or flexibly.
The 2013 Power Part Time List has been put together by the Timewise Foundation (timewisefoundation.org.uk), a leading social business that champions the social and business benefits of creating good quality flexible working opportunities.
Co-founder Karen Mattison MBE built the list to ‘shine a light’ on modern day patterns of work, after taking nominations from all round the UK. Mattison aims to de-mystify the process of climbing the career ladder, while working flexibly.
Andrew is responsible for high tech manufacturing and its supply chain across the Oxford Instruments Group. His role has a global remit and Andrew additionally undertakes strategy work for the Chief Executive, Jonathan Flint, including assessing the strategic fit of potential acquisitions. He decided to work four days a week to support a healthy work/life balance, something that he feels gives him a useful perspective on difficult business issues. When Andrew began working part time, the transition was initially questioned by some colleagues, but he has made it work through passion and commitment and is now fast becoming a role model.
The Timewise Foundation conducted both the nationwide call to action for nominations in July, calling upon the public to nominate inspirational individuals they knew, who work part time / flexibly at senior levels. Founder Karen Mattison led the judging panel which included:
Steve Varley, managing partner for the UK and Ireland of EY
Andy Saunders, Deputy Editor of Management Today magazine
Katie Bickerstaffe, CEO of Dixon’s Retail plc in the UK and the Nordics
Lynn Rattigan, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of EY.
After hearing from hundreds of people, the judges compiled a list of 50 deemed to be the most outstanding. The list is not ranked or numbered in any way.
“I’m honoured to have been included in the Timewise Foundation’s 2013 Power Part Time list,” says Andrew. “I hope that, by opening up about my own personal working patterns, I can help pave the way for future generations of workers – men as well as women - who will need to fit work with other major commitments in life.”
The Timewise Foundation’s founder and judge Karen Mattison MBE, who led the initiative from the start says: “Andrew and the other 49 individuals on the list represent the face of modern work. In sharing their stories, they prove there is more than one path to success. So much of the conversation around flexibility, until now, has focused on what’s not possible. Andrew is helping to change the conversation, to what is. The Power Part Time Listers are trailblazers, paving the way for future generations."