EU to implement quotas to get 40% women board members by 2020

Today (14th November 2012), Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights sent a tweet with the news “It’s done. The Commission has adopted my proposal for a European law so that women represent 40% of company board members by 2020”. In a statement, The European Commission outlined that “it has taken action to break the… Read More »

Only one in five senior City workers is female

Just one in five mid to senior level jobs across the City (from analyst to managing director) are filled by women,* according to new research by Astbury Marsden, a leading financial services recruitment firm. Mark Cameron, Chief Operating Officer at Astbury Marsden, says: “Our latest research shows that there is still a glass ceiling for women who work… Read More »

AIM-listed companies offer more opportunities for women

Controversy about the lack of women in British boardrooms has focused almost entirely on the country’s biggest public companies. Statistically, however, the lack of diversity is more evident in smaller firms. New research from campaign group BoardroomMum entitled ‘UK Plc Gender Diversity Statistics’ shows that the percentage of women on the boards of AIM-listed companies is 5.2%*, substantially… Read More »

IPCC appoints five new Commissioners

The Home Office has today (5th November 2012) announced the appointment of a five new operational Commissioners to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).  Cindy Butts, Derrick Campbell, Mary Cunneen, James Dipple-Johnstone and Jennifer Izekor have been appointed for an initial four year term and will be starting at the IPCC between now and early January. They will… Read More »

3 new NEDs for Homes and Communities Agency

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday appointed three non-executive members – Richard Hyde, Anthony Preiskel and Ruth Thompson – to the Board of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) following open competition. The  HCA is the Government agency tasked with supporting and enabling places to deliver their housing and regeneration needs and helping to drive… Read More »

Women more likely to face “slippery ladder” than a “glass ceiling”

A new report, entitled ‘Cracking the Code’, by executive Search and board advisory consulting firm MWM has found a “massive loss of talented potential leaders” from among the pipeline of many leading companies. The authors claim that “the common characterisation of the problem as a ‘glass ceiling’ is a misnomer; the issue should instead be seen as a… Read More »

Food Standards Agency appoints new expert member to the GACS

The Food Standards Agency today (30th October 2012) announced the appointment of  Professor Colin Dennis as an expert member and the reappointment of two existing members: Professor Janet Bainbridge (expert member) and Mrs Pamela Goldberg (lay member) to the General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS). Established in December 2007,  GACS provides independent advice on the Agency’s governance and… Read More »

Call for resignation of Amnesty International UK’s director, Kate Allen

Unite members at Amnesty International UK (AIUK) have called today (28th October 2012) for the resignation of the director, Kate Allen, as the organisation is engulfed in a crisis that could see up to 40 job losses.  Staff – members of Unite, the union, are calling for Kate Allen to step down, as her leadership ‘lacks transparency, accountability… Read More »