Now that the dust has settled on the UK election results, regardless of your politics, it’s great to see a notable increase in the number of elected female MPs and individuals from many more cultural backgrounds than ever before. It’s also heartening that a third of the Cabinet are now women.
I am very much looking forward to seeing you at the House of Lords in July for the summer UK Inspire event, which will also launch the UK Chapter of Board Apprentice. This fantastic initiative really will help to change the face of the Boardroom. To find out more please visit their website - boardapprentice.com.
Finally, I am sure you will all agree Amanda is doing a great job of keeping us up-to-date with diversity news from around the world and there is so much more to share throughout the month, so please follow us on twitter to gain instant access to current stats, articles and information.
Global Head of Inspire
Latest Inspire news
Take part in our Board research survey
Last year’s Harvey Nash Board Survey found that there is a stark mismatch between the skill sets on boards and the challenges organisations face, another indicator of the need for increased diversity in the talent-pool of board-ready individuals. If you are a non-executive and have not done so already, we invite you to participate in this year's research and we will share the insights and findings from this year’s report with you – Click here to complete the survey.
EHRC review of FTSE350 board appointments
Harvey Nash has participated in a new piece of research on the recruitment and appointment of board directors to FTSE350 companies carried out by Optimity Matrix on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). They are now looking for candidates to interview. If you have been involved in a board appointment process and are open to a confidential discussion about your perceptions and experience, please get in touch. Interviews will last about 45-60 minutes. Contact Dr Nena Foster at FTSE350@optimityadvisors.com or 020 7553 4809 for more information.
Inspire calls on new UK government to make pipeline of women on boards a priority
In our view, the Coalition Government has done a good job of encouraging gender diversity at board-level, however one key area where little progress has been made is around executive diversity, which remains stubbornly low. We set out a list of priorities the new government should consider as it plans the UK’s agenda for the next five years.
Do you agree that the government should set gender targets for the executive pipeline? Please respond to our brief survey with your views
Congratulations to the recent board appoints of: Aileen Richards appointed as first female board member of Welsh Rugby Union
Rachel Eng appointed as an independent non-executive director of StarHub, a Singaporean mobile operator
Fru Hazlitt, an existing board member of Merlin Entertainments plc appointed to the Audit Committee
Paula Rosput Reynolds appointed as non-executive director to the Board of BP p.l.c. with immediate effect.
Helen Nash appointed as independent non-executive director to the Southern Cross Media Group board
Ruth Markland appointed as non-executive director of Deloitte.
Genevieve Shore appointed as a non-executive director on the board of Santander UK.
If you have exciting news about a recent appointment, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities from Harvey Nash Board Practice
Calling all Non-Executive Directors
The UK Healthcare ecosystem is rapidly changing. Faced with budget cuts, a changing model for healthcare delivery and increased pressure by regulators to provide a top quality service, the NHS is an interesting and multidimensional environment for inspirational leaders looking to expand their Non-Executive portfolio. We are currently handling 6 Non-Executive opportunities across the country and are keen to hear from individuals who are passionate about healthcare.
For more details, contact our Head of Healthcare Research Thomas Patterson at Thomas.email@example.com or please visit our dedicated microsites:
Chief Executive – NatCen Social Research
NatCen Social Research is the largest independent social research organisation in Britain, undertaking research on a wide range of social and public policy issues to better society. Its influential annual British Social Attitudes Survey has been running for over 30 years and it also runs a number of high profile government surveys. They are now seeking a dynamic, ambitious leader with a successful management track record to be their new Chief Executive and take NatCen forward to the next stage of its development. For more information and to apply, please visit our dedicated microsite.
Vice Provost Enterprise – UCL
Consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, UCL’s global reputation for excellence in research and education extends across all academic disciplines. Enterprise is important to all universities but resonates particularly with UCL in ensuring that the University’s academic endeavours deliver broader societal benefits. UCL now seeks an exceptional Vice-Provost, Enterprise who will lead UCL’s transformational enterprise agenda in the next exciting phase of its development. If you are passionate about innovation and academia, have a keen entrepreneurial mind and would like to find out more, download a copy of the assignment brief here
Women’s Directorship Programme 2015 dates
Hong Kong - 28-30th May 2015
The fourth instalment of this successful, world-leading programme takes place over 6 days in May (28-30th) and September (10-12th) 2015. There is still time to register for a place, please visit the WDP website.
ARA Seattle - Women in Business & Tech: Celebrating Breakthroughs
Seattle - 4 June, 2015
ARA Seattle’s summer evening featuring one-on-one conversations with three prominent women in the Seattle market, including special guest speaker and moderator, Dana Shaw, who was recently announced as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is a member of ARA's Advisory Board and the President & COO of ICon. To register, please visit the ARA Seattle website.
Improving diversity in the Industrial sector
London – 17 June 2015
Harvey Nash and Impact Executives are bringing together HR leaders for a breakfast roundtable led by Carol Rosati, global head of Inspire and Aspire, to explore simple and practical solutions to improving diversity at all levels within the Industrial sector. Hosted at our offices in the Heron Tower, the meeting will take place from 8.30 – 10.00. Please RSVP to Anita Acavalos (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ARA Houston – Roundtable dinner
Houston – 18 June 2015
An evening of discussion with a strong line-up of leading women across the Houston business community. Topics will include: embracing challenges, facilitating success, managing trade-offs and building confidence. Register here.
Inspire UK network evening at the House of Lords
London – 2 July 2015
Inspire is delighted to invite members to a special evening on the terrace at the House of Lords on 2nd July 2015. For the last seven years, we have been connecting senior businesswomen worldwide to improve representation at Board level. As such, we will use this occasion to support the launch of Board Apprentice UK. This event is by invitation only.
Global diversity news
IOD host event in Nigeria and call for more women on boards
The President and Chairman, Council of the Institute of Directors (IOD), Eniola Fadayomi, has called on the Nigerian government and corporate organisations to consider women for top leadership positions in order to ensure gender balance in the public and private sector of the economy Fadayomi made the call at the luncheon organised by women members of IOD in Lagos recently.
The boards of Australia are changing, they’re getting younger
Australia’s population might be aging, but not the boards of ASX 200 companies. An analysis of Directors on Australia’s top ASX 200 companies shows the average age is falling and Directors under 40 years are becoming a more popular choice for Boards.
Gender quotas law came into force in Germany with mixed reviews
Germany's new law guaranteeing women a set amount of seats on corporate boards doesn't have businesswomen popping the Champagne just yet.
Gender pay gap twice the global average in Canada
Canadian working women are making about $8,000 less a year than men doing an equivalent job, says a study that highlights the persistence of gender inequalities in the workplace.
Maybe we need less maternity leave and instead turn to dads
Video: Despite decades of social progress in the workplace, women still have to contend with the lion’s share of child-care. While most countries allow up to three months of maternity leave, only around half a dozen countries offer fathers more than two weeks paternity leave. In Denmark, 90% of dads take more than a fortnight’s leave.
Malaysia behind on 2016 target for 30% women on boards
Malaysian women only make up 16% of the boards of public companies, far behind Putrajaya's target of 30% women participation in top positions by 2016, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The number of women sitting on listed boards is even more abysmal, registering at only 10.3%.
The Highest-Paid Female C.E.O.s
There are very few women on the list of top-paid executives — just 13 out of 200 — and their average pay, $20 million, is 11.5 percent less than the $22.6 million overall average.
10 minutes of inspiration with...
Bolette is CEO at the Danish-based NGO BØRNEfonden working to strengthen the development of African children and youth base on the notion that sustainable development begins with the children, families and communities. Prior to this, she spent 17 years as the deputy director-general of the Confederation of Danish Industries.
Read the full interview here