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Blog : BOARD TALK

RemCo : Changing Faces & Time To Rethink

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

It comes as little surprise that the role of RemCo (remuneration committee) chair is now viewed as the most challenging of the committee chair roles in the boardrooms of UK plc. Its only equivalent perhaps, is chair of the risk committee at a financial services company. 


Significant research from headhunters Hedley May leads to these conclusions - and others - that may tangentially be of particular interest to those...

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Women On Boards: The Illusion Of Change

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I launched this blog on February 7, 2011 - Lord Davies was looking into why there was such a serious lack of women in the boardrooms of UK plc and I needed a platform to express my views. I also thought the general level of debate in the media around 'glass ceilings' was shockingly banal.


Having been a headhunter and worked with many of the people who make the decisions at this level, I had some unique insights. I had also only recently made a re-entry into journalism and st...

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Let's Talk About Mining & The LSE #Women

Posted on March 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

I love it when nuggets of information come together and BAM - it's a story. So it is with my interest in the mining sector, its current challenges, women, and the boardroom.


I'm feeling lazy, so no links -  you'll have to use the search function (it does work) to find my old posts on the subject.


A few facts:

  • the top 100 mining companies have more women on boards, but the top 101-500 mining companies have more women in senior executive po...

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"When Times Change, So Must We"

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Anyone huddled up under a duvet in frozen Britain wondering if it's safe to come out yet in 2013 needs to get moving. One way is to watch Barack Obama's inauguration speech, setting the tone for his next four years as President of the United States. You can do that here, if you missed it. 


It was always going to be rousing, and we should all give thanks...

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The Ripple Effect In Raising The Game @ UK plc

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

It's important to keep reporting the intitiatives that are taking place to develop and sustain the pipeline of female talent for business......even though I do feel the numbers are still painfully small.


Still, the excellent FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme, launched by Peninah Thomson of Praesta Partners is evolving in new directions - here's an update from Business Focus.

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Taking The Pulse of The Boardroom Against London 2012

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Chairmen of FTSE-100 companies appear to be losing their faith in the UK government's economic policy, according to a survey by headhunters Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann. Its 'Boardroom Pulse' survey has found that there is 'a 50/50 split amongst FTSE-100 Chairmen on whether the Government is striking the right balance between driving growth and tackling the budget deficit."


Unsurprisingly, there is also great concern about the threat of the disintegration of the Eurozone, with ...

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Women On Top: Make The Journey 'Inspirational'

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Let's talk about putting more women at the top of businesses, and not just as non-executive directors in the boardroom. It's important not just because of the need for better businesses and the need to stop the wastage of talent. It's also critical to increase the female executive pipeline because unless we do that in the UK, we are going nowhere. (And nor are we likely to sustain these levels of appointment at NED level in a successful manner).


We are at a point now where t...

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And Then There Were Ten......But There Is More

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

On May 1st 2012 Diana Layfield - CEO of Standard Chartered Bank's Africa region - becomes a non-executive director on the board of Aggreko plc. This will mean there will then be only 10 companies in the FTSE-100 with all-male boards. Definitely a moment for a W00t!


Ms Layfield is an alumna of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme run by the enterprising Peninah Thomson, who has been instrumental in...

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For WOB : Speak Loudly (But Still Carry The Big Stick)

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Fact: It is much better to educate and persuade than hit people over the head.


On the other hand, best to remember 'Speak softly and carry a big stick" - Theodore Roosevelt, one-time US President allegedly quoting a West African proverb (biut I confess that's Wiikipedia, so go easy now.......)


I would like to point to the sort of material I believe might/will/must make a difference to appointing more women in senior roles in UK plc (and elsewhere). So today...

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One Year On : Think, Share, Comply (Not Complain) Or Explain

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

In the UK we are inching forward to the better representation of women in the running of our plcs, and I'm beginning to think too much focus on the boardroom is a mistake. What is essentially needed is a change of culture, a fresh way of looking at what senior roles actually require of an individual (eg do they really need to be able to jet off to Australia at a moment's notice ?) and urgent concentration on the executive pipeline. That is going to take a lot of conversation - and time - for ...

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