Women on Boards

New RBS boss Alison Rose, one of only six CEOs in FTSE 100 firms. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

As recently seen in the Guardian and IoD round up….

Britain’s top businesses are still missing targets on gender diversity, states the latest Hampton-Alexander Review.

The Review – an annual report first commissioned by the Government in 2016 – found that the number of ‘one and done’ boards (with just a single female member) had roughly halved over the year across the FTSE350 from 74 to 39, with only two male-only boards.

However, the proportion of women in senior roles still sits under 30 per cent, and there are only six female chief execs in the FTSE100.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday previously, IoD Chair Charlotte Valeur said, ‘Progress has been made on gender diversity in the boardroom but many women in UK boardrooms are in non-executive roles with frightfully few female CEOs in the FTSE 350.

‘Companies need to take a long hard look at their recruitment processes and ask what barriers are being put up that prevent women and ethnic minorities from advancing both in executive roles and to the board. Women must be trusted not just to be part of the discussion, but also to lead it.’