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Understanding Data Alert On UK Gender Pay Reporting

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 12:55 PM

It's Monday, it's freezing, and we can't stop talking about the UK weather. So let's talk about the semblance of fog in boardrooms when it comes to the use of data.

First up this morning was my piece on Forbes on European CFOS, their understanding of 'margins' and their use of data in pricing. The UK, by the way, is ...

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UK Middle Manager Pay Rises: Let's Talk About Diversity

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Back in the heady days of 2011 when we all spent a lot of time in the UK talking about gender diversity, there was just the very occasional mention of something rather important: the role of (mostly male and probably mostly white) middle managers in UK plc when it comes to the promotion of diversity.

Today, five years later, we learn that when it comes to middle management, the UK ranks highly in Europe in terms of its base-salary offering, moving past Denmark, Belgium and N...

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BAME: 'Underrepresented At Every Level In UK Education Sector'

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

It's a vicious circle. The lack of representation of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) faces at the top of Britain's powerful elites needs to be addressed on all levels, with urgency.

Education provides a very visible pipeline.

The UK's ethnic minority student population has been rising over the past decade. This population as a whole (not just students) is predicted to more than double by the year 2051 to between 20-30% of total population. But t...

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1st Woman Chair For Europe's Confederation Of Directors

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

It seems I keep good company. Well Done to Norway's Turid Solvang, who has been elected as the first female chair of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa).

eCoda, which represents 55,000 business leaders across Europe has clearly decided to 'lead by example.'

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Ms Solvang is c...

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Calling It Like It Is On 'All Male' Boards

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

I am a little surprised at the sentiments expressed by Lord Davies of Abersoch.

The Guardian recorded his 'disappointment' yesterday at the all-male boards of Hastings, the insurance company and Worldpay, the payment processing firm- both hea...

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'New Blood' In UK Boardrooms : Women

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Good news: the proportion of first-time FTSE 350 non-executive directors (NEDs) who are women significantly increased last year, according to new findings from Korn Ferry, the leadership and talent consulting firm.



Analysing all the first-time NED  appointments to FTSE 350 companies in its 'Class of 2014' report, it finds that 39% of first-time appointees in 2014 were women, up from 28% in 201...

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Global Real Estate Markets Need To Reflect 'Sustainable Business'

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Martin Bruhl is starting his Presidency of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors  (RICS) with a bang.

"Our sector needs to unite and ensure sustainability is fully considered across the whole lifecycle. Responsible action needs to become 'business as usual' within global real estate markets" he will say in his inaugural speech today as the first continental European to take on this role.

I can ...

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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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Need For Technology Skills Calls For Rethinking Recruitment

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 12:40 AM

More than half of business leaders in the global financial services sector are planning to increase their headcount over the next 12 months, with asset management the most likely to be taking on new staff.

But 70% of CEOs interviewed by PwC see "the limited availablity of key skills as a threat to their growth."

PwC's report

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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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