John Duncanson, Capgemini Scotland MD, has been named in the 2015 Power Part Time List, a national roll-call of the UK’s top 50 senior executives who perform at the highest level on fewer than five days a week.
John has two roles in Capgemini UK: as UK Head of Local and Devolved Government, he looks after the work we carry out for the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales, for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales and for the National Health Services of all three countries. John is also Managing Director of Capgemini Scotland.
Compiled annually and now in its fourth year, the Power Part Time List is designed to create more role models, debunk the myth that a top level job cannot be carried out on a part-time basis and change the conversation from what is perceived as impossible, when working flexibly, to what is possible. The list is compiled by Timewise in association with Management Today.
John works four days a week, choosing to take Mondays off. He describes this approach as “a way of easing into retirement. In my late 50s, I discovered that one of my colleagues had reduced his working week to four days. I approached the company with the same idea and they agreed. The key is flexibility – on my part and on the company’s.”
The proof of what he can achieve by working in this way is ample. Since he began working part time, we have won several major contracts with key Scottish clients including Scottish Government and key utilities companies. In Wales we have been involved in important work with the Welsh National Assembly, including the very successful Rural Payments Wales scheme.
As one of the top 50, John is in excellent company. Other senior executives on the list belong to such diverse organisations as Amazon, the Bank of England, Deloitte, Diageo, Goldman Sachs, the Metropolitan Police and the National Grid.
Commenting on John’s success, Capgemini HR Director Frances Duffy said: “Work/life balance and business success are not mutually exclusive, but there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Achieving harmony in our work and personal lives requires open conversations between employers, employees and colleagues to understand individual and business priorities, and a level of mutual trust and respect to ensure arrangements are sustainable for all parties.
“At Capgemini, we recognise that colleagues have many and varied needs, and we are exploring how teams can work together to create greater flexibility and work/life harmony.”
UK Chairman Christine Hodgson was the first to offer her enthusiastic congratulations to John.