4-Day Week Round Table
October 28, 2021, 16.00 – 17.30
We are hosting an inclusive round table event to explore what the realities of a 4-day working week could look like in practice. What are the opportunities and where do the challenges lie? And what other solutions might also help us create a wellbeing economy in Scotland?
As we recover from the pandemic employees and workers alike are more likely than ever to highlight that long and inflexible working hours does not maximise productivity and is damaging the health and happiness of our citizens. It is no wonder we are looking for a smarter way to live and work. The 4-day working week model is gaining global popularity, with the Scottish Government committing to fund a pilot in Scotland.
Guests will hear from a range of speakers from a policy and economic perspective as well as the business community including employers in Scotland that are already operating a 4-day working week. There will be an opportunity to share your views.
Host - Bonnie Clarke - Chief Executive, Remarkable
Bonnie is the Chief Executive at Remarkable, a leading organisational and leadership development business who have been successfully supporting and improving organisations of all types, sizes and sectors since the early ‘90s. Remarkable is in the People Business, supporting organisations to flourish through their people. We operate a triple bottom line approach to business and have people, planet and mutual prosperity at the heart of all that we do.
Her previous experience includes Director for Scotland at Badenoch & Clark and Regional Director with Hays. She is curious about people and about business.
Bonnie is a Non-Executive Director with Women’s Enterprise Scotland. She was the Chair of Women onto Work and the Chair of The National Theatre Scotland Advisory Development Board.
In 2014 she was awarded the Institute of Directors (IoD) Female Director of the Year and in 2015 the IoD Director of the Year for Family Friendly Flexible Working.
Outside of work, Bonnie’s interests include her horse and all things equestrian.
Nikki Slowey - Co-Founder and Director, Flexibility Works
Nikki is one of Scotland’s leading experts in flexible working and has dedicated the past 8 years to directly supporting and encouraging employers to create flexible workplaces. She is a regular media commentator, public speaker and has contributed to research and books on flexible working.
Nikki’s background is in marketing and communications, previously running her own communications consultancy. Her career started in the finance and property sectors but as a true social entrepreneur, she has been drawn to working with, and for, non-profit organizations. Nikki is mum to three boys, enjoys being outdoors, cooking vegetarian food and she also runs wellbeing events.
Lisa Gallagher - Co-Founder and Director, Flexibility Works
Lisa is the Co-Founder and Director of Flexibility Works - a social business dedicated to supporting employers to create flexible workplaces in Scotland. She is one of Scotland's leading experts in flexible working and is a media commentator and public speaker on the topic. Lisa has been the Director of third sector and private sector organisations including INSP - International Network of Street Papers and activpayroll.
Lisa is a Saltire Fellow for Entrepreneurship and has served on the boards of The Homeless World Cup, Impact Arts and the Network of International Development Organisations. She has three young boys who keep her busy.
Jimmy Paul - Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland
Jimmy is the Director at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland (also known as WEALL Scotland). WEALL Scotland is working to deliver a Wellbeing Economy, one which is in service of people and planet. WEALL partners with organisations across Scotland through the flagship 'allies' programme to deliver meaningful, sustained changed in line with the five 'WEALL needs' of fairness, dignity, participation, connection and nature.
Jimmy has worked in a range of leadership roles across health & social care for nearly ten years. He was latterly a Consultant at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and was a co-chair at the world-leading Independent Care Review. He is an executive coach, a fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts and has represented Scotland internationally through initiatives at the World Economic Forum and the British Councils. He is particularly passionate about participation and the creative, meaningful involvement of communities which would benefit most from change.
Rachel Statham - Senior Research Fellow, IPPR
Rachel is Senior Research Fellow at IPPR Scotland. Rachel’s research focuses on progressive solutions to public policy challenges in Scotland, specialising in economic and social policy, gender and devolution. Rachel is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, and has led research on social security, inclusive growth, and the economic impacts of automation and technological change. Most recently, her research has explored how the Scottish goverment could take forward commitments to exploring a shorter working week.
Rachel has appeared on UK and national broadcast media, including BBC News, BBC Scotland and Radio 5Live. She has written for a range of online and print publications, including for the Independent, Tribune, and the Scottish Anti-Poverty Review. Rachel is also an editor of IPPR's journal of politics and ideas: Progressive Review.
Rachel joined IPPR in 2018 as an Economic Analyst working across the Centre for Economic Justice and IPPR Scotland. She previously worked on policy and campaigns at the newly-founded Women’s Equality Party, and is a member of the board of the Scottish Women's Budget Group. She holds an MSc in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and BA in History from the University of York.
Lorraine Gray - COO, Pursuit Marketing
Lorraine Gray is Director of Pursuit Marketing (4icg Group), a Glasgow headquartered Demand Generation Agency specialising in the Technology sector.
Winner of ‘Business Woman of the Year 2019’, Lorraine has been pivotal in the creation and development of Pursuit’s renowned workplace culture – the first business to launch a true 4-day week in September 2016.
In the past two years, the business has expanded internationally, opening offices in Spain and Turkey, where Pursuit’s award-winning flexible working programmes have been replicated with great success.
Chris Kelly - Managing Director, Upac
Chris Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of The UPAC Group, Scotland’s leading packaging supplier- based in Glasgow. Chris joined the company after being asked by his father for help restructuring the business in the early 2000’s.
Chris takes on all roles as the managing director and explains; ‘I sit in the middle of the open office, overseeing every aspect of the business, without micromanaging. I want to have enough of an understanding that I can offer advice and instruction without having to carry out tasks… It’s more of a guidance role.’ He is seen as an inspirational leader within UPAC and it was in fact Chris’ idea to move to a 4 day working week after wanting to spend more time with his daughter after coming back to work post lockdown.
Charandeep Singh - Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Charandeep Singh is the Deputy Chief Executive at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Scotland’s largest business network. Charandeep was awarded Scottish Professional of the Year 2019/20 at the Scottish Asian Business Awards.
Charandeep is the founding member and Director of the national charity, Sikhs in Scotland, established in 2009. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award for his work with The Sikh Food Bank which supports vulnerable families throughout Scotland.