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carol Rosati

The Inspire UK summer event to support the launch of Board Apprentice UK is fast approaching and we are looking forward to seeing you on the terrace at the House of Lords on the 2nd July. 


This is our largest event to date and there has been huge interest in this new initiative.  If you are unable to join us on the night, there will be further details in the next edition, but please take a look at their website and see how you can be part of something, which will improve diversity in all its forms at board level.


I was delighted to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June and pleased to be part of the 51% of women recognised for their services. Congratulations to all of them and to those who are members of Inspire.


We would love to include your news in the next newsletter, please email any updates. I also want to thank all of my colleagues who have helped me make Inspire what it is today and also all of you who continue to be part of it.


Carol Rosati
Global Head of Inspire

Latest Inspire news


Improving diversity in engineering and manufacturing


To coincide with National Women in Engineering Day (23 June), Inspire joined HR leaders from the Transport, Manufacturing and Industrial sectors at an event hosted by Harvey Nash Executive Search and Impact Executives to discuss practical solutions to improve diversity from entry level to the boardroom. Read the event blog for tips from businesses on how to effect change.


Harvey Nash pledges to support greater boardroom diversity in Singapore


The Diversity Action Committee (DAC), formed in 2014, has launched a Statement of Good Practice in Executive Search for Board Directors, bearing strong similarities to the Lord Davies initiative in the UK. Harvey Nash has joined ten other executive search firms in support of higher standards to improve female representation on corporate boards. Read more here.


First instalment of Women’s Directorship Programme a great success


Seventeen exceptional women have completed this year’s first session of the Women’s Directorship Programme in Hong Kong, joining from leading companies such as Ageas, Accenture, Citibank, Hitachi, HSBC, MasterCard, McKinsey & Company and Schneider Electric. Applicants are now being accepted for the next instalment on 10-12th September 2015. Read the full update here and find out how to join on the WDP website.

New Appointments

Congratulations to the recent board appoints of:Alison Brittain appointed as Chief Executive at Whitbread. She will become the sixth female CEO of a FTSE 100-listed company

Patricia A. Woertz, a Non-Executive Director, has been appointed as a member of the Remuneration Committee of Royal Dutch Shell Group

Euleen Goh, a Non-Executive Director, has been appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Royal Dutch Shell Group

Elisabeth Stheeman, was appointed to the Supervisory Board role at Aareal Bank AG and will be the Deputy Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the newly created Innovation and Technology Committee

Pauline Egan, has been appointed to the board of AIB Group (UK) plc as a Non-Executive Director

Mary Reilly, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Ferrexpo

Rosemary Leith, appointed as Chairman of the Board's Remuneration Committee of YouGov plc and as a member of the Board's Audit Committee

Skye Bank Plc made four appoints to its Board of Directors including, Markie Idowu as Executive Director of Technology and Service Delivery Channels and Abimbola Izu as Executive Director of Corporate services

Jayne Maclennan, appointed as Non-Executive Director to Board of Glasgow Prestwich Airport

Meena Hemchandra, appointed as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Mai Fyfield, Director for Strategy and Business Development at Sky, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Nationwide

Mattioli Woods Plc, has appointed Joanne Lake as Deputy Chair, ahead of planned appointment as the Chairman in 2016

Anita Balchandani, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to board of Majestic Wine

Elizabeth Holden, has been appointed the board of HML Holdings Plc as a Non-Executive Director

Bank of Ireland has appointed Fiona Muldoon to its Board of Directors as Non-executive Director

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

Opportunities from Harvey Nash Board Practice

Recent events


Digitalisation & Diversity - Inspire Summer Event in Helsinki


Inspire Finland held its summer event hosted by Alumni, connecting Finnish female board members around a discussion of digitalisation and the changes this has brought to the business environment. Merja Karhapää, from the Sanoma Group lead discussion and shared her own experiences on the topic of how digitalisation is changing our business reality. Read more here.

Upcoming events


Inspire UK network evening at the House of Lords
London - 2 July 2015


Inspire UK invites members to a special evening at the House of Lords on the 2nd July 2015, to support the launch of Board Apprentice UK. This event is now fully booked.


Women’s Directorship Programme Second Session
Hong Kong - 10th-12th Sep 2015


The second instalment for 2015 of this world-leading programme, takes place over three days in September (10-12th) 2015. There is still time to register for a place, please visit the WDP website.

Global diversity news


Saudi drafts law to allow women to vote for first time
Saudi Arabia has drawn up the legislation required to allow women to vote in council elections for the first time.


Intel to invest $125 million in start-ups run by women and minorities
This new Intel Capital investment fund is separate from an existing $300 million diversity plan.


This sad chart shows that women are paid less the men in ALL 50 states
Women are on average paid less than men in all 50 states, but the gap varies greatly from state to state, according to research on 2014 pay rates by Expert Market.


Almost one in four London tech companies employ no women at board level
Research reveals that only 12% of tech firms in the UK have gender parity on their boards, whilst 23% have no female board members at all.


Firms adopting diversity policies but few commit to targets for women on boards
Only 56% of Canadian corporate boards surveyed have adopted formal policies on gender diversity.


Don’t Blame Women When Family Policies Backfire
Women in the U.S. have fought long and hard for better family policies that would support the choice to have children while continuing to work.

African Development Bank Unveils First-Ever Study of Female Board Membership in Africa
Africa 3rd (14.6%) behind Europe (18%) and US (16.9%) for female representation on boards.

10 minutes of inspiration with...

...Angela Morrison, CIO, Direct Line Group



Angela is Chief Information Officer for Direct Line Group. Her objective is to run DLG’s technology and deliver change across the business to enable it to meet the needs of an ever-increasing digital environment within a clear regulatory framework. She also sponsors the corporate and social responsibility agenda for DLG.


Read the full interview here

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