Halebury co-founder and CEO Denise Nurse has been named in the 2018 Timewise Power 50 awards, a roll-call of the UK’s top flexible and part-time workers who are delivering in high-earning, business-critical roles with non-traditional working patterns.

With part-time and flexible working at senior levels continuing to move further into the spotlight, the unveiling of today’s new Timewise Power 50 awards, champions the people who are doing it best, and the organisations who are responding to how people in the UK want to work.

This year’s awards feature 50 of the UK’s most senior part-time and flexible workers, across five different categories, recognising new definitions of success and an ever-evolving flexible jobs market – the Power Part Timers, the Power Job-Sharers, the Power Climbers, the Power Returners, and the Power Founders category.

For the first time ever, businesses and organisations have also been recognised with Employer Awards for demonstrating excellence in flexible job design – creating jobs with built-in flexibility that suit employers and employees alike, and flexible hiring – consistently offering flexibility at the point of hire and saying so.

The awards are compiled annually by Timewise co-founders Karen Mattison MBE and Emma Stewart MBE, to help make flexible working the new normal – by creating more role models, debunking the myth that you cannot deliver in a top job in less than full time hours, and changing the conversation on how businesses recruit senior talent.

Timewise is a multi-award winning social business working to unlock the flexible jobs market in the UK, running a series of services to articulate the business benefits of quality part time and flexible work, designed to boost the number of jobs that are advertised with flexible working possibilities in the UK.

The Awards, designed to inspire more employers to open their doors to talented people who need flexible and part-time work, has been published today in association with Management Today and is supported by three businesses that champion workplace change and are at the cutting-edge of finding the best of talent: EY, Diageo and Dixons Carphone.

As well as co-founding NewLaw firm Halebury, Denise is the CEO and is responsible for leading the lawyer and HQ team and setting the Vision, Mission and Culture of the business. She has built a team of outstanding lawyers in the technology, media and telecoms field and attracted and nurtured key clients including Sky, BT and Pearson.  Together with her co-founder and HQ team Denise has lead this nimble team of 35 lawyers to a listing in the Legal 500, recognised for their work in the TMT sector.  Denise works across all aspects of the business particularly focussing on finance, operations, business development, talent attraction and management, IT and marketing. Denise co-founded Halebury to be a fully agile model and leads by example in this respect by adopting a completely flexible working pattern which focuses on outputs rather than “days worked.” Doing less and achieving more is something Denise believes in and the Halebury mantra is to be more efficient, effective and empowering. This runs through the business and enables more flexibility for all in the way they work.

Timewise conducted the nationwide call to action for nominations in 2017, calling upon the public to nominate inspirational individuals they knew, who work part-time and flexibly at senior levels. Joint CEO Karen Mattison MBE led the judging panel which included:

  • Lynn Rattigan, Chief Operating Officer, EY UK&I
  • Katie Bickerstaffe, Chief Executive Officer, Dixons Carphone plc, UK&I
  • Andrew Porter, Head of Talent Engagement, Diageo
  • Nicola Mendelsohn, VP for EMEA, facebook
  • Sophie Cornish, Co-founder, notonthehighstreet.com
  • Sam Baker, CEO & Co-Founder, The Pool
  • Sally Bundock, Presenter, BBC World Business Report
  • Andrew Saunders, former Deputy Editor & contributor, Management Today
  • Emma Stewart MBE, Joint CEO, Timewise


After receiving a wide range of industry nominations, the judges compiled the lists of people and businesses deemed to be the most outstanding. The awards are not ranked or numbered in any way.

Denise says: “I’m honoured to have been included in the Timewise 2018 Power 50 awards and 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.”

Timewise Joint CEO and judge Karen Mattison MBE, who led the initiative from the start says: “Denise and all winners from our top 50 represent how work in the UK is changing, and offers us a glimpse into how jobs will be designed in the future. All it takes is an open minded employer who is prepared to try something new in a bid to hire or keep the best people, and an innovative solution is born.  I am delighted that the conversation is moving away from WHY people need to work flexibly, to HOW businesses and individuals are making it work.”

For the full list of this year’s Timewise Power 50 and Employer Awards winners, visit www.timewise.co.uk and www.managementtoday.co.uk 



For more information on the Timewise Power 50 awards Part Time list or to arrange an interview, contact Campaign Director, Daniela Marchesi:

t: 0207 633 4553 / e: Daniela.Marchesi@timewise.co.uk

About Timewise

Timewise (www.timewise.co.uk) is a multi-award winning social business, working to unlock the flexible jobs market in the UK. We share market insights on flexible working and flexible hiring, deliver training and consultancy to help businesses attract and develop the best talent, and conduct research such as our annual Flexible Jobs Index.

We also run Timewise Jobs (www.timewisejobs.co.uk), a national jobs board for roles that are part time or open to flexibility.

Timewise is led by award-winning founders and Joint CEOs, Karen Mattison and Emma Stewart. They have been listed as two of the UK’s leading radical thinkers by the Observer newspaper and Nesta; named ‘Small Business Heroes’ by Management Today magazine and ‘two of the key social entrepreneurs to watch’ by Real Business magazine; and are winners of the Institute of Directors’ Women Changing the Business World award, following nominations from the UK public. In 2010 they were made MBEs for their services to social enterprise.

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