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Jonathan Aspinwall

Jonathan Aspinwall

Deputy Editor, BBC Breakfast

Employer: BBC Breakfast
Sector: Media & Entertainment/Creative

FEATURED

“I do a job share with the other Deputy Editor on BBC Breakfast. We work ‘set’ days, we’re on call and we’re also flexible when there’s breaking news.

We adopted two children and it has given me crucial time to get them settled into our family and support them during a key time in their development. I’m having a go at writing a TV drama script and I’m able to spend more time with my Dad who has been ill.

As our job share, our boss gets two perspectives for roughly the price of one role! The work / life balance means that we spend more times in our communities – we can bring back audience insights, which helps the programme. We’re less stressed, more focused and more efficient at our jobs.”

Daniel Feeney

Daniel Feeney

Head of Visitor Services, Buckingham Palace

Employer: Royal Collection Trust
Sector: Tourism

Compressed hours FEATURED

“After my wife returned to work in a senior role with the National Trust we both made the call to take the same flexible working steps, condensing our hours into 4 days so that each of us gets one full day with our son and the full weekend together as a family.

We’re 6 months into it now and it certainly feels like it is working, and indeed we think he is benefitting from having the three days at nursery too in the middle of the week. From a personal perspective, I know that I am benefiting from having a day of dedicated Father and Son time, and am more motivated when in the office knowing that I have an employer who understands how important my role as a Father is to me.”

Barbara Collins

Barbara Collins

Head of Women in Leadership, Cabinet Office

Employer: Civil Service, GEO
Sector: Public Sector

Staggered hours FEATURED

“As a mother of four children, the ability to work flexibly has always been important, but this became critical when my youngest child left nursery and all my children were at school. I was fortunate enough to have a really enlightened manager – who was willing to think and act flexibly – and he agreed to a personalised flexible full-time working pattern, which enabled me to start work early in the morning (7:00) and leave in the afternoon to collect the children from school. We also agreed a back-up plan when occasional urgent afternoon work emerged, but the ability to pick issues up later in the evening largely solved any problems. This early-early arrangement worked for the family because my husband (who works for the Ministry of Justice) was able to negotiate a complementary late-late pattern and look after the children in the mornings.

We all benefitted: my husband felt fully engaged with caring for the children; I have been able to support my children with their studies and after-school activities; and, the children (now in their twenties) never considered us to be working parents. This pattern wouldn’t work for everyone and is ideally suited to couples. The early mornings are sometimes tough and the days are busy and long. Nevertheless, it has been rewarding to share the care and has enabled us both to progress in our careers.”

Anna Cook

Anna Cook

Director of Customer Service, Sky

Employer: Sky
Sector: Media & Entertainment

Part time FEATURED

“Back in 2013 I was returning from maternity leave, living in Newcastle, with a job that I loved in Sky in communications that was based in Scotland and London. I wanted to come back to work. I loved my job but had no clue how I could be a brilliant mum and be brilliant at work.

My solution, which Sky fully supported, was part-time. Working 4 days a week but with flexibility so that I could be at work when I needed to be and still do some drop offs and pick-ups in Newcastle.

And for me it has worked. Through two promotions, numerous home life changes (my son starting school, a critically ill parent) and shuffling of hours, I manage to balance a big, broad job with being around at home.”

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