28th March: Karen Mattison
Karen Mattison is the innovative co-founder and joint CEO of Timewise , the £1.6m organisation that helps organisations unlock the business potential of flexible working. Experts in flexibility, with more than 10 years of experience, Timewise runs several services designed to build the market for flexible work in the UK, including a jobsite, a recruitment agency, a content site showcasing flexible work in practice and consultancy and training services. 60,000 people who want flexible work are registered with Timewise, which has advertised roles for businesses ranging from EY, to LVMH, to Diageo. Karen and her co-founder Emma Stewart have both been made MBEs for their work, named as two of the UK's most radical thinkers by the Observer; are Management Today magazine ‘small business heroes’ and have been listed by Real Business magazine as one of the ‘12 leading social entrepreneurs to watch’. In 2014 Director magazine named Karen and Emma as the UK's most influential 'Women Changing the Business World' following a landslide public vote. Karen campaigns to prove that that flexible work can also mean committed, ambitious and business-critical.