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Rachel Cook, associate director in Atkins’ Energy business, has been named as one of the UK’s top 50 men and women who work in senior, business-critical roles, all on less than five days per week, as part of the 2015 Power Part Time List.

The 2015 Power Part Time List - now in its fourth year - is compiled annually by Timewise co-founders Karen Mattison MBE and Emma Stewart MBE, to create more role models, debunk the myth than you cannot work a top level job on a part time basis and change the conversation from what is perceived as impossible when working flexibly, to what is possible.

The list has included an Atkins employee for the last three years; Sarah Long, principal engineer in Atkins’ Aerospace business in 2013, and Jo Moffatt, chief engineer in Atkins’ Energy business in 2014.

Rachel said: “I’m so proud to be included in the 2015 Power Part Time List. I have been working part time for the last six years and although it requires disciplined time management to make the most of your working hours, I’ve not looked back since. I hope to show that it’s possible to progress in a male dominated environment, successfully delivering at a senior level whilst working part time.”

“I’m passionate that more people – men and women – consider flexible working options to improve not only their work/life balance but to push for a fundamental change in the way we work. Small practicalities such as the increasing need to work across different time zones means that to many of us the working day simply doesn’t look like it used to. We also shouldn’t assume that flexible working can only apply to mothers; many in more former team, both men and women, had flexible working patterns. I’m an example that it can be done and I hope to inspire others that they can do it too.”

A chartered engineer and associate director in Atkins’ oil and gas business, Rachel is responsible for delivering one of the division’s most complex global contracts in addition to her role on the oil and gas director’s board. She also supports the leadership of the European oil and gas team. Prior to this, Rachel was oil and gas operations manager leading a diverse and multifunctional team of civil/structural engineers, naval architects, human factors/ergonomic specialists and project managers who delivered technically challenging engineering projects often involving collaboration with colleagues across the energy sector.

Martin Grant, chief executive officer of Atkins’ Energy business, commented: “We are very pleased that Rachel has been selected as part of this high profile list of successful professionals who work part time. She is a role model for people across Atkins who want to work flexibly and succeed in a demanding career.

“At Atkins, flexibility is not a one size fits all approach, different people will have different requirements throughout their lives and we try really hard to be mindful of this – it’s a powerful tool that can be used to help both individuals and organisations grow and become stronger.”

Timewise conducted both the nationwide call to action for nominations in June, 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 of:

• Lynn Rattigan, deputy chief operating officer of EY
• Andrew Saunders, deputy editor of Management Today magazine
• Karen Blackett OBE, CEO, MediaCom UK
• Katie Bickerstaffe, CEO UK & Ireland, Dixon’s Carphone plc
• Sally Bundock, presenter, BBC World Business Report
• Patrick Foley, chief economist, Lloyds Banking Group
• Andrew Porter, head of talent engagement, Diageo

Timewise co-founder and judge Karen Mattison MBE, who led the initiative from the start says: “Rachel and the other 49 individuals represent how work in the UK is changing. Part time working has reached a tipping point, and this year’s Power Part Time list is testament to this – with more entries than ever and – crucially – more men than ever. Part time and flexible working has moved from the sidelines to the centre stage. The world of work has changed, and our List tells the story of the incredible people who are shaking up the status quo.”


For more information:

Paul Childs
PR manager, Energy
Tel: +44 207 121 2828

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