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FTSE 350 hits 40% women on Boards

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Who we are

The FTSE Women Leaders Review is an independent, business-led framework supported by the Government, which sets recommendations for Britain’s largest companies to improve the representation of Women on Boards and in Leadership positions.

For the first time this year, 50 of the UK’s largest private companies have been invited to submit their gender data as part of the Review. The full list of private companies invited to take part was announced in our press release on 1 November 2022.

Achieving gender balance in British business

Progress so far

We are targeting 40% women in Leadership, as well as on Boards, by the end of 2025. Find out what progress has been made.

How to bring about change

This helpful guide will provide you with tried and tested policies and ways of working that can support in creating a more equitable workplace for women.

The path ahead

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Denise Wilson

Chief Executive

“Never in the history of women in the British workplace has there been a stronger supply of skilled, capable women, ambitious for themselves, and ambitious for their organisations.

It is now for business to fully-utilise a talent pool filled to overflowing with educated, experienced women, to their own benefit and that of the UK economy.”

Nimesh Patel


“We need to achieve a more inclusive and equitable culture in business that celebrates our individuality rather than promoting an antiquated and very narrowly defined notion of talent.  The best way to do this is to keep an open mind and an open heart and to not be afraid of our differences but rather to embrace those differences.”

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Penny James


“This review champions equality of opportunity in business for all women, including at the most senior leadership and board levels. We must build on the advances of recent years, supporting business to remove remaining barriers to progression and drive further change to increase the representation of women.”

The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch

Secretary of State for Business and Trade

“I’m pleased to see that FTSE 350 companies have surpassed this target, showing that change doesn’t always require top-down interventions but can occur when everyone is pushing in the same direction. This progress is very welcome, and I’d urge business to keep up this momentum to achieve better balance in leadership positions as well as in boardrooms.”

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Board Stories

Over the years the FTSE Women Leaders Review has engaged with FTSE Chairs and CEOs to gather their perspective on the value for gender diversity at the top of British business. Their stories highlight the benefits and advantages of gender balanced board and the example it sets for the rest of the organisation.

Our reports

Our Reports from 2011 to present can be found in our Latest Reports section.