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Babita Devi named as a winner of the 2022 Timewise Power List

Babita Devi named as a winner of the 2022 Timewise Power List
  • The 10th annual Timewise Power List is published on Tuesday 10 May.
  • Profiling some of the most successful people in the UK who happen to work part-time.
  • Everyone on the List has been hired or promoted - all on a part-time basis
  • Previous winners include Nicola Mendelsohn now VP at Facebook, Katie Bickerstaffe, now co-CEO at M&S & Lynn Rattigan, now COO of EY UKI..
  • To mark a decade since the initiative began, Timewise aims to expand the initiative next year – to track 1,000 part-time experiences.


Tuesday 10 May 2022, London: The 10th annual Timewise Power List is revealed today, telling the stories of some of the most successful people in the UK who have either been:

  • hired part-time from day one in their jobs
  • or promoted while working part-time.


And Babita Devi of Cambridge features on it, she is the Innovation Director at The EpiCentre – part of Oxford Innovation, working 2 days per week. Babita’s role is to drive economic growth in the East of England. She took on the role of the Innovation Director during the pandemic and has spent the last 18 months accelerating high potential start-ups and SMEs that are developing cutting-edge innovations. After managing the challenges of raising children, whilst working full-time, Babita decided to change her work commitments and created a portfolio career. This enables her to coach and mentor companies on various programmes, assume Board level roles and build her own company, without compromising time spent with her family.    


The Timewise Power List aims to change perceptions around part-time work and what kind of roles can work successfully on 4 days per week or fewer.

For 10 years, the Timewise Power List has found and profiled more than 400 people in top jobs. Proving that in great companies, part-time can mean ambitious, can mean senior – can even mean being the boss.

Part-time workers account for 8 million people – that’s a quarter of the UK’s entire working population 1. According to new research from Timewise, 750,000 of them now work part-time in roles with a senior and responsible remit2.

The winners of the List represent their skills, experience, talent and dedication to their jobs.

With 9 in 10 people wanting flexibility in their next job3, they also represent the future of work in the UK.

From 10 May 2022, you can see the new Timewise Power List in full at It is  backed by EY, Diageo, Lloyds Banking Group and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).


From next year onwards, Timewise will expand the scope of the List, which aims to capture real-life voices and experiences. It will run the UK’s first ever omnibus of part-time workers, representing the voices of people in all kinds of part-time jobs, at all kinds of levels.


Timewise CEO Melissa Jamieson says: “Babita Devi is a true role model for others who want and need to work flexibly. Conversation around part-time work in the UK usually pivot around what’s not possible. The Power List showcases what is. Flexible workers may be facing their toughest year yet, in terms of stigma as well as the dominance of hybrid working in the flexible working conversation, reducing critical discussions around other forms of flexible and part-time work.  We must keep making sure their voices are heard, their experiences are understood, and that their incredible talents and achievements are seen.”


For more information please contact Jo Burkill:
 m: 07960 472097 / e:



1 8,042,000 people in the UK currently work part-time hours, classed as 30hrs/wk or fewer by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Source – monthly labour market update, published in April 2022. See p.12:


2 Source: New analysis, based on data taken from Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) – estimates of hourly earnings excluding overtime and annual earnings by occupation for each percentile, UK,  available via ONS, which was last surveyed in April 2021. Paul Bivand, Associate Director, Statistics & Analysis at Learning & Work Institute analysed the data on behalf of Timewise in April 2022. The median salary of corporate managers and directors in the UK, i.e. people with ‘strategic responsibility’ within their jobs is £47,000 (FTE). £40,000 FTE was the benchmark Timewise used when looking at the equivalent data in 2012. £47,000 is the updated figure, taking into account wage inflation.


3 Taken from A Talent Imperative. Timewise commissioned the survey from ComRes, who interviewed 3,001 UK adults online between 13th and 26th June 2017. 


About Timewise

Timewise is the UK’s leading flexible working consultancy and has been working for over 15 years with employers, recruiters, social change agents, policy makers and other stakeholders to design, implement and share innovative flexible working solutions that attract and retain talented, productive and happy people, and create fairer, inclusive workplaces. 

It is a social change business with a mission to create a healthier more equal society with a labour market where everyone has access to good flexible and part-time work. Millions of people seeking flexible work can’t access it, preventing them from progressing in work, moving to a new job or even entering the jobs market in the first place. The resulting structural inequality is a key driver for a range of wider socio-economic problems. 
 Our social consultancy model means that the profits we make are fed back into further research, fuelling the design of new or improved solutions and the development of campaigns for sharing insights and learnings, all designed to drive momentum, deepen impact and scale change.




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