Karen Mattison MBE – Joint CEO of flexible-work recruitment firm Timewise


What motivates you?

Belief that what I am doing makes a difference and is improving the world in some way….however small.  For the past ten years that has been about growing the recruitment market for people who want or need flexible work.

What has been the biggest learning curve in your career?

Learning to ignore the voice that tells me i can’t.

What matters more, ambition or talent?

Well….both – mixed in with a very good work ethic. That’s a killer combination!

What advice would you give to your 30 year old self?

Success is for you to define for yourself – not let others do it for you.  Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should…. so surf your own wave and stop worrying about what track everyone else is on.

Who do you admire?

My co-founder Emma Stewart – calm, intelligent, innovative, modest…and an amazing person to have worked closely with for ten years

In what place are you happiest?

Looking at the sea

What’s your biggest extravagance?

Mmmm well I just bought a hot tub for the garden…and it is amazing

How would you change government policy to help women in the workplace?

I would publish data on job vacancies that are advertised as ‘open to flexibility’; and ensure that government looked at its own hiring too!

Do you believe in quotas?

No, but I believe in lots and lots of monitoring

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Positive, energetic, connector.

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