Gender diversity in UK boardrooms struggles to keep up with European counterparts
Commenting on its key findings, Ann Cairns, global chair of the 30% Club said: “With the FTSE 100 on the brink of attaining 40% women in board roles, I am encouraged by Deloitte’s finding that UK parity could be reached by 2027.
“People often ask why the 30% Club is not the 50% Club given that our aim is parity. I think this report answers that question, we are still far from the 30% tipping point in many geographies.”
She added: “One of the report’s most interesting findings is the real balance that female leaders bring. If women CEOs can have more balanced boards, there’s no reason that male CEOs can’t. Finally, on the stretch, this speaks to the fact that women have a harder time being appointed if they don’t have previous board experience. Chairs and CEOs should be encouraged to give women their first board seat.
“There is plenty of talent out there who would make great directors. This is very true for people of colour too, many of whom would welcome the chance to make a significant contribution at the top of the corporate world but remain significantly under-represented.”