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Katie Houldsworth honoured in the 2020 Timewise Power 50 awards

25 February 2020

Katie Houldsworth, an audit partner at Deloitte, has been named in the 2020 Timewise Power 50 awards. This year’s awards feature 50 of the UK’s most senior part-time and flexible workers.

The list is a roll call of 50 powerful UK senior professionals, who work on a part-time or flexible basis.

Katie Houldsworth, Deloitte, is an audit partner working with listed and large private companies and leads 650 people in Deloitte’s Public Audit group. Katie is head of Deloitte’s Women on Boards programme, supporting senior female leaders in taking their first steps towards joining a board. Katie chose to go part-time 18 months ago to help combine the challenges of work with parenting her 11-year-old twins, one of whom has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, learning difficulties and mental health challenges.

Dimple Agarwal, Deputy CEO and managing partner for people and purpose at Deloitte, said: “Congratulations to Katie Houldsworth for her inclusion in the 2020 Timewise Power 50. She is a prominent role model for part-time working. Katie is a strong advocate and role model for Deloitte’s agile working approach. She actively encourages her team to seek a flexible working pattern, and mentors those returning from parental leave.”

Timewise co-founder and judge Karen Mattison MBE, added: “Katie is blazing a trail in professional services whilst working part-time. Success doesn’t come in one shape or size. With 9 in 10 people wanting or needing flexibility in their next job – it is vital we find and showcase modern day role models to aspire to.”


Note to editors

The 2020 Timewise Power 50 Awards have been compiled by Timewise (, a flexible working consultancy and multi-award winning social business, following a nationwide search.

The Timewise Power 50 provides a snapshot of what modern work in Britain is like and challenges the belief part-time work cannot mean ambitious, highly successful nor senior. The initiative also aims to inspire employers across the country with stellar examples of how flexible working can and should work – by providing trailblazing role models.

After hearing from hundreds of people, the judges compiled a list of 50 deemed to be the most outstanding. The list is not ranked or numbered in any way.

The awards are split between 6 categories:

  1. Power Part-Timers - senior leaders who work four days or fewer a week, or an equivalent percentage contract
  2. Power Climbers - for middle managers who are tipped for success, and work four days or fewer a weeks
  3. Power Job Sharers - pairs of senior individuals who work together in a job-share or a job-split
  4. Power Returners - professional people who have returned from a career break of two years or more, into a senior role on a part-time or flexible basis
  5. Power Founders - small business founders who have used their start-up status to work flexibly
  6. Employers awards - championing innovation in terms of flexible job design and hiring practices

The judges were asked to apply the following criteria to each category:

  • SENIORITY - challenging the notion that part-time or flexible working only suits junior roles.
  • INSPIRATION - stories that break new ground or hold personal interest that will provide a role model for others.
  • SUCCESS - evidence of advancement or significant achievement since working part-time or flexibly

About Timewise
Timewise ( is a flexible working consultancy that helps employers design innovative solutions to attract and retain talented people, and create fair workplaces.

The consultancy is part of a wider multi-award winning social business, that shares market insights on flexible working and flexible hiring, conducts research such as the annual Flexible Jobs Index and runs campaigns and advocates for change on the stigma surrounding part-time and flexible work. It also runs Timewise Jobs (, 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.

About Deloitte
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Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NSE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

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