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Blog : BOARD TALK

Gender Targets For Women on Boards: Time To Rethink Recruitment

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 5:20 AM

So it has happened. On a sleepy Monday in August, BBC News was the only media outlet with the story - most big financial firms will have to set a target for the number of women on their board of directors from 2014. They will also have to say just how they are going to do it. That should wake everyone up.


The binding European Union directive has been revealed in consultation papers on the broader '

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More Women, More Inclusion, Better Leadership - Or Bust

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Thinking ahead clearly isn't a strong point of UK plc.


I say this as we are still talking, two years on, about the serious under-representation of women in business. It has taken us two years in the UK to work out that - oops, there's a problem with the pipeline - and it needs multiple measures to fix it.


I wonder how long it will take before tax breaks are considered in any serious capacity. How about one for maternity ? That would both send a strong mess...

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A Call to Measure Success "In Miles, Not Inches"

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

We hear a lot in the UK about 'toning from the top." But - dare I say it - we hear less from the top about the way things should be than we could.


I'm not shy about saying that Ernst & Young regularly stands out in the way it is forging ahead, not just on clever ways to work flexibly as unique human beings  with different preferences on many things including sexuality, or in working for gender diversity, but...

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Time For a Chief Reality Officer ?

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

With all the talk in the UK, US and Europe about more women in the boardroom, more women in the executive pipeline and generally better conditions for men and women in the workplace for better business, it is easy to forget something.


Bandwagons - and those who stand up at the front to give them direction- almost always also have a few personal agendas as well.


So it's worth taking a moment to think about a thought that isn't revolutionary : each business w...

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In Pursuit of Growth: Changing the Faces in British Business

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I started that day off at #FemaleFTSE and I ended it at Ernst & Young at an inclusion event around the PowerList Foundation.


Harry Gaskell

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Three words: Asian/Women/Achievement

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The words 'Asian', 'Women' and 'Achievement' go together far more often than many people in the UK realise. But put together they can also represent a whole set of challenges which anyone from outside those particular cultures could be forgiven for missing.


It is doubly important then, to showcase the achievements and the individuals behind them as inspiration for other women looking towards careers and progression in an open society based on merit.

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Here's A List To Emulate In Business #inclusion

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I have a certain amount of healthy journalistic disdain for the constant flow of 'lists' and rankings of 'very important people. Like the ! they are often a waste of space.


But here's one that should be emulated in UK plc : take a look at the MBA rankings,  'the 50 most influential professors of 2013.' You don't even have to read the words, the photographs capture a won...

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Stalling on #WOB And In #Business : UK plc Boardrooms

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

It's a real problem, getting overly excited at the first hint of spring after a grim winter. And so it goes with 'women on boards' in the UK as well.


The Professional Boards Forum's BoardWatch figures, just out, suggest that progress has slowed in terms of women going on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 boards. 


In FTSE 100, 34% of all new appointments since March 2012 have gone to women - and judging by yesterday's blog post about the research from

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More Women, More Diversity Of Experience In Boardrooms

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

At last - intelligent research from an intelligent headhunting outfit. The profession as a whole has been remarkably quiet since it was first cast into the spotlight around the review by Lord Davies on the lack of representation of women on the boards of UK plc. 


I like the look of The Ashton Partnership . And the lack of time spent on waffle and 'building of mystique." It set out to examine the earl...

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Lack Of Innovation : Danger Danger For The Boardroom

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

There's something in the wind - or rather, the problem is, there isn't - and that something is 'innovation.'


Of particular importance to technology companies perhaps, but actually I think  a concern for all business, regardless of sector.


Boardrooms everywhere should have it highly placed on their agenda, and in the UK it doesn't look as if many of them are paying attention. This came up recently when I was talking to Michael Jackson, a former cha...

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