By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com
Ernst & Young partner, Fiona Sheridan, has been named as an inspirational role model in the Power Part Time Top 50 list.
She is a client facing partner at Ernst & Young and has worked flexibly for the last 14 years, varying her patterns according to her family’s, her own and the business’ needs. She now works four days a week and is responsible for developing new business and leading teams to deliver multiple client projects.
Fiona’s career has gone from strength to strength while working part time, becoming a member of the leadership team for the UK firm’s advisory business in 2010, where she was led the people strategy for more than 1000 team members.
Steve Varley, UK Chairman and managing partner at Ernst & Young,commented: “As a judge on the programme, I was deeply inspired by everyone’s stories – each a trailblazer, making the difference to how Britain works now and in the future. I was also encouraged by the real diversity of the people and perspectives represented.
“To achieve a flexible working culture requires a high-trust workplace environment, leadership from the top and individual accountability. Everyone on the list brings this fundamental leadership to their businesses. Most vitally they demonstrate that working less than full-time is not an inhibitor to success. There are times in all our careers, including my own, when we need to work more flexibly, but reduced hours never means reduced commitment.”