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Family Businesses Favour Women In Leadership Positions

Posted on June 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Women are more likely to take on a leadership position within a family business than any of their non-family counterparts, with 70% of family businesses considering and 30% strongly considering a woman for the CEO position, according to research.

For a report entitled Staying Power: how do family businesses create lasting success, EY and Kennesaw State University surveyed 25 of the largest family businesses in each of the 21 top global markets. Those surveyed represen...

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Global Number Of Women Chairing Boards:? 4%

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Ah, the absence of women. It's an ongoing theme, this invisibility cloak worn by half the world's population - at least when it comes to positions of power and influence.

Women now hold 12% of boardroom seats worldwide but a paltry 4% are in the position of chairing a board, according to Women In The Boardr...

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Women Shun Financial Services For A Reason

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 10:40 AM

This is one of those rare moments when I am going to generalise, shamelessly : women - ok, many women - are put off by the financial services sector: working in it, putting up with having their men work in it even with all the financial perks, and also in their capacity as customers.

Now it seems we have some inter-generational evidence to back that generalisation. One in five young women born between 1980 and 1995 wouldn't work in financial services solely because of th...

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Women On Boards: Time For A Reality Check

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 7:30 AM

The good news: the UK is now fifth in the world when it comes to the number of women in non-executive director positions in plc boardrooms. Women hold 23.5% of FTSE 100 non-executive director (NED) positions, and the target of 25% by end 2015 - set by Lord Davies in his review for the UK government four years ago - is within sight. 

But before the champagne corks start popping, it is worth looking at

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Thawing The 'Permafrost' For Diversity In National Security

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

When the UK government first launched its review of the under-representation of women in the boardrooms of publicly listed companies four years ago, it almost certainly had no idea of the scope of the repercussions. That under-representation has become an issue which - like Topsy - 'has grow'd'....and continues to balloon up, just months before a general election.

The UK Parliament's Intelligence and ...

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First Female Chair For Institute Of Directors

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Well, it's about time. The UK's Institute of Directors (IOD) was founded in 1903, over a hundred years ago. In 2015 it has appointed its first female Chair - Lady Barbara Judge.

Lady Judge: Photo courtesy IOD

The IOD is a professional institute that promotes directors, involves itself in the corporate governance debate and is not allied to any political party. It has a 'to die for' address in central London in the heart of...

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Women In Mining: It's Just Not A Supply Problem

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 5:20 AM

STOP the presses? There has been a 3.1% increase in appointments of women to boardrooms of the top 100 global listed companies since 2012. At this rate it will take until 2039 for these companies to reach a 30% critical mass of women on boards. Clearly there are a lot of senior men in the global mining industry who have just been hoping the issue will go away.

A report just out by Women in Mining UK and P...

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Guest Blog: Boardroom Power, Succession Planning & The Woman Chairman

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Guest Blog


Gillian Wilmot Founder Board Mentoring, NED & Remuneration Chairman NISA, Elexon, IDAB.


Most commentators agree on the need to improve the executive pi...

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Ladbrokes, Diversity And Social Responsibility In The Boardroom

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A headhunter once told me that it was easier to get women on boards of slightly 'risky' companies involved in activities such as betting or manufacturing and selling tobacco, as the women were keen, and the men would avoid them. No comment.

As Ladbrokes plc, the FTSE250 business, says itself on its website "The name Ladbrokes is synonymous with betting and gaming: the hallmark of a leading betting...

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FTSE250 Begins To Find Antidote Spell To 'Invisibility Cloak' For Women

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Phew. There are signs of fresh thinking - and progress -in the FTSE250 when it comes to gender diversity in the boardroom. 

In March this year the 2014 Cranfield Female FTSE board report revealed good news on the FTSE100's ability to find appropriate women to sit at the table of its boardrooms. It also said...

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