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We’re over halfway through 2015 and looking back it’s already been a very busy year. Across our Inspire chapters, we have held events in Hong Kong, Finland, the UK and across the US through our affiliate partners ARA.


Expect many more to come in these regions including, a launch of Inspire Scotland and a long overdue Inspire West Coast event in San Francisco.


Our Diversity Toolkit has proven extremely popular with businesses of all sizes seeking ideas for creating a more diverse workforce – the second series is under way!


We’ve also loved hearing your stories of how you arrived to where you are now. I recently told my own journey to over 700 students and teachers at a London school end of year ceremony, volunteering through the Inspiring the Future campaign.


I think it’s time to recharge the batteries! So this is our bumper edition for July/August, we will be back with you again in September!


Carol Rosati
Global Head of Inspire

Latest Inspire news


Have your say on gender pay


The UK Government has announced that it will introduce regulations requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish gender pay differences. It has launched a consultation seeking views on these measures, which closes on 6 September.


Have your say by submitting a response online or by filling in the response form. If you would like to share your views with us, please contact Amanda Ciske (, she will be coordinating a submission on behalf of Inspire.


 ‘Don’t you know that it is different for girls?’


Rosalind Searle


A featured article from Rosalind Searle, Coventry University, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Co-founder and co-Director of the Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour, explores findings from her recent research of the experience of women en-route to the top of organisations.


Read more


Inspire meets Inspiring the Future – Volunteers wanted


Inspire is joining forces with the Inspiring the Future, Inspiring Women campaign to invite outstanding women to spend an hour of their time talking to young girls about their careers and how they got to where they are today.


We are looking for volunteers to take part in an event in the autumn. Please contact Amanda Ciske ( if you want to be involved.

New Appointments

Congratulations to the recent board appoints of:Carolyn Fairbairn appointed as first female director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Jacqueline de Rojas, VP for Northern Europe at Citrix, named the most influential woman in UK IT, has been appointed as the first female president of techUK

Suzanne Harlow appointed as a director of Ermes Department Stores Plc

Vicky McDermott appointed as new chair of Care and Support Alliance

Marike van Lier Lels appointed as a non-executive director of RELX PLC and RELX Group plc

Blythe Masters appointed as non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.

Rachel Kentleton appointed as non-executive director of Persimmon and will also become a member of the company’s audit and risk committees

Jayne Almond appointed as non-executive director of International Personal Finance

Muriel Zingraff-Shariff appointed as non-executive director of eXPD8

Kathryn Foster appointed as non-executive director of Class

Elizabeth Chambers appointed as first female non-executive director of Smith & Williamson

Margaret Rice-Jones appointed as non-executive director of Xaar Plc

Enkhmaa Davaanyam appointed as non-executive, non-independent chairperson of the Board of Petro Matad

Belén Romana García appointed as an independent non-executive director of Aviva plc. She will also join the Governance, Nomination and Risk Committees

Carol Sergeant CBE appointed as a non-executive director of Tullett Prebon Plc. She will also chair the Board's newly formed Risk Committee and be a member of the Audit Committee

If you have exciting news about a recent appointment, please get in touch with

Opportunities from Harvey Nash Board Practice

Featured roles: Top consulting business seeks to balance the scales…

The CIO Search Practice at Harvey Nash is working with a very prominent consulting business in the UK to recruit three Directors and one Partner. Their aim is to help the Technology Advisory grow and to redress the gender imbalance at Director and Partner level.

Neil Pilkington, senior consultant at Harvey Nash CIO, leading the project team said, “Whilst many clients these days are keen to see female representation on short lists, few are as committed to addressing the problem of poor representation.

They have moved on from the short term thinking that focusses on the performance of individuals; to a long term employment strategy, where better gender balance will lead to better performing teams.”

The closing date is 13 September 2015. For further information please contact the research team at Harvey Nash through or 0207 333 1599.

  • Non-Executive Director, Royal United Hospitals Bath, closing date 10 August 2015 – apply here.
  • Medical Director, University Hospital Southampton, closing date 13 August 2015 – apply here.
  • Executive Director of Nursing and Organisational Development, University Hospital Southampton – apply here.
  • Executive Medical Director, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust – apply here.
  • Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest, closing date 10 September 2015 – apply here.
  • Chief Executive for Al Wakra Hospital – Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, closing date 14 September 2015 – apply here.

Recent events


Photos and blog from Inspire UK House of Lords event


London, UK – 7 July 2015


Earlier this month we hosted a special networking event to support the launch of Board Apprentice, a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the pool of senior board-ready talent.


Hosted at the House of Lords, Inspire members had the unique opportunity to hear from its founders and discuss how the scheme works in practice with a live Q&A with a current host board and its new apprentice.

Upcoming events


ARA Silicon Valley Event: Advancing Women in Technology & Influencing Change


Mountain View, California, USA – 20 August, 2015


This event marks the official launch of ARA Silicon Valley! Sponsored by Mozilla and KPMG, the evening will feature a panel with prominent women in the Silicon Valley market including Barbara Massa, Senior Vice President, FireEye; Sylvie Veilleux, Vice President  of Information Technology, Mozilla Corporation; and Anita Scott, Director of Global Operations, eBay.


The panel will be moderated by President and COO of ICon, Dana Shaw, who together with Anita Scott, was recently announced as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Global diversity news


FTSE 100 achieves 25% target
British business has hit their target of 25% women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies by the end of 2015, as set out in the 2011 independent Davies Review.


Shareholders name and shame the gender offenders
In Australia, where women currently hold 25% of the ASX 200 board seats, shareholders have now chimed in to name and shame the 32 companies without any female representation.


Indian regulator fines 530 companies for delay in appointing women directors
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has slapped fines on 530 listed companies for failing to meet a deadline to appoint a women director and boost gender diversity in their boardrooms.


Finland Chamber of Commerce’s Women Leaders Program wins the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project at World Chambers Competition
Finland Chamber of Commerce won the first prize for its Women Leaders Program in the best corporate social responsibility project category at the World Chambers Competition in Torino.


Women don't believe they're discriminated against at work
Most women don’t think they are victimised in the workplace despite growing reports to the contrary, according to new research.


Women joining but not leading boardrooms globally
More women in board positions, but the number of women chairs remains low globally finds report from Deloitte.

Tasmanian boards given five years to get 50% female
Tasmanian government boards and committees are up for a major gender overhaul, with the State Government giving them five years to become 50% female.


Army hopes to lure mothers back with part-time and flexible hours
The head of the army plans to offer soldiers the chance to work part-time, job share or request flexible hours in a radical break with military routine that he hopes will almost double the number of female troops.

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