Political and business leadership in the United Kingdom is making it clear that it is determined to build on progress in advancing the role of women and making good use of all its diversity of talent. In 2015, almost a third of FTSE 100 senior appointments went to women. A fifth of the FTSE 100 are already either meeting or exceeding a new target of at least 33% of their executive pipeline positions filled by women by 2020.
“This clearly proves that it’s perfectly possible for at least a third of senior positions to be filled by women. Nor should it be a stretch to see at least two-fifths of appointments to operating committees and direct reports going to women” said Business Minister Margot James yesterday, speaking in London at the launch of an independent, government-commissioned review by Sir Philip Hampton and Dame Helen Alexander.