Today we celebrate – 25% of Women’s representation on the Boards of the FTSE 100

Today is a day to celebrate. Women now make up 25% of all board positions on the boards of FTSE 100 companies.
British business has met the target set out in the Davies Review in 2011 and some 6 months ahead of year end. This is a milestone event by any standards and one which frankly, many found difficult to imagine only four short years ago.

It signals a shift in the culture at the top of British business and near revolution that is taking place in the boardrooms of the UK’s biggest companies. However, we would not have achieved this without the huge groundswell of support from Chairman, businesses large and small and the efforts of Executive Search community, both on an individual level and as a collective. Without unified action and the support on this agenda the community has shown to clients and candidates alike, many capable, credible women would still be waiting in the wings for their rightful place at the top table and British boardrooms would be the poorer for it. Our sincere thanks go to you all.

Of course there is still more to do. More focus is needed on the Executive layer just below the board, we need to see more women appointed as Chairs and SIDs too. However, this is an excellent achievement from a very low starting point.

The Davies Steering Group will analyse progress to date over the summer months, reflect on what has worked well and where further efforts are required. We will do this in conjunction with the Executive Search community and other industry experts, publish a summary report of our findings at the end of October, along with recommendations for the next stage in the journey.

If we maintain the laser focus on this as a core business and talent issue, we have the opportunity over the next five years to remove the topic of gender parity in the boardroom from the debate, once and for all.
An achievement worthy of celebration.

Lord Davies (Chair) Sir John Parker
Dominic Casserley Susan Vinnicombe
Amanda Mackenzie Denise Wilson

For and on behalf of Lord Davies & the Davies Steering Group.

Women Corporate Directors European Institute 03 -05 March 2015 London

February 20, 2015:

Women Corporate Directors European Institute 03 -05 March 2015 London

We would also like to say that it is very timely that our colleagues and
partners at the Women Corporate Directors will be having their European
Institute 03-05 March in London.

The WCD will have a program for new Board Directors 03 and 04 March and
then one for existing Board Members 04 – 05 March

Please see the invitation below.
Please contact: for any questions you
may have !

Lady Judge appointed President of IoD

February 20, 2015:

Lady Judge appointed President of the Institute of Directors

It is with great pleasure that we would like to communicate that our GBRW
Founding Task Force Member, Lady Barbara Judge has been appointed Chair of
the prestigious Institute of Directors in London, thereby becoming the
first women to preside this venerable institution of 100 years!

Barbara has been an indefatigable advocate and supporter of the Global
Board Ready Women from day one. We congratulate, salute and thank her !

Webinar: Are You Looking to Join a Board of Directors? February, 25th

Dear GBRW members,

Joining a board can be a difficult process. It takes strategic planning, careful preparation, and expert knowledge to better position yourself for when new opportunities arise.

On February 25, 2015, the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and BlueSteps will be hosting a complimentary webinar related to the board recruitment process. Join our panel of senior executive search professionals, from leading global search firms, as they give exclusive advice and answer audience questions.

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