The Hampton-Alexander Review was an independent review body which ran from 2016 until 2021, building on the excellent work of the former Davies Review to increase the number of women on FTSE 350 boards. Both Reviews adopted a voluntary business-led approach, with the Hampton-Alexander Review providing a wider, dual focus of improving women’s representation on boards and also in leadership roles two layers below the board and covers 23,000 leadership roles across all sectors of British business. The Review was chaired by Sir Philip Hampton and led by Denise Wilson OBE as Chief Executive.
Sir Philip Hampton
Chair, Hampton-Alexander Review
Sir Philip Hampton is the former Chair of GlaxoSmithKline. His previous positions include Chair of RBS and Sainsbury’s and Group Finance Director at Lloyd’s Banking Group, BT and BG. He also led the Hampton Report into regulatory inspection and enforcement in 2005. He has extensive FTSE experience and has shown clear commitment to increasing women’s representation in his own organisations and championing greater cause with others.
Denise Wilson OBE
Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review
Denise Wilson has served as a Non-Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends and member of the Royal Academy Audit Committee. Her previous appointments include Chief Executive of the Davies Review and various senior executive roles at National Grid, BG Group and British Gas. She is a business coach, mentor and passionate supporter of women in business.
Steering Group Members
The Review was overseen by an independent steering body, made up of business and subject matter experts who along with the Chair and CEO, support FTSE companies in their efforts to increase women in senior leadership positions and on their Boards. The Steering Group acted as a catalyst for sustained momentum and monitoring of progress.
Alison Platt CMG
Non-Executive Director, Tesco plc
Alison Platt is currently a Non-Executive Director at Tesco plc. Her previous appointments include CEO of Countryside, Chair of Opportunity Now and a Non-Executive Director at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, having spent her executive career in various key positions at Bupa and British Airways.
Former Chair of Severn Trent and Chair of Elementis
Andy Duff is the former Chair of Severn Trent and Chair of Elementis, and senior trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support. His previous non-executive appointments include Senior Independent Director at Ferguson. Andy’s early career was at BP. He later held senior executive positions at National Power before joining the board of the demerged company, Innogy, on its IPO in 2000. He became CEO of its successor company, RWE npower in 2003.
Former Chair of Centrica Plc and Chair of Weir Group
Charles Berry is the former Chair of Weir Group and Centrica plc. He previously held Chair appointments at Senior Plc, Drax Group plc, EAGA plc and Thus Group and as Non-Executive Director of Impax Environmental Markets and Securities Trust of Scotland. He also held several executive positions at Scottish Power, Norwest Holst and Pilkington plc.
Fiona Cannon OBE
Group Sustainable Business Director, Lloyds Banking Group
In addition to her role at Lloyds Banking Group, Fiona has held a number of public positions and external appointments including Non-executive Director of the Government Equalities Office; Deputy Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission and Chair of Women’s Justice Taskforce. She is a founding member of a number of other campaigns including the UK Race for Opportunity and Employers for Fathers campaign. Fiona is Director of the Agile Future Forum, an alliance of 33 UK FTSE 100 Chairmen and Chief executives and author of ‘The Agility Mindset’ published in 2016.
Melanie Richards CBE
Former Deputy Chair of KPMG and Chair of The Eve Appeal
Prior to KPMG, Melanie spent 15 years with NatWest and 3 years with Hambros’ Fixed Income Group. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee. Melanie was named #1 in the 2017 FT Female Champion of Women in Business list and was awarded the inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards 2018 ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award for her work to advance inclusion and social mobility in the workplace.
Director Corporate Governance Investment Association
Brenda Trenowden CBE
Global Chair 30% Club
Director General, Confederation of British Industries
Institute of Directors
Chair Women’s Business Council
Susan Vinnicombe CBE
Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield University
Tribute to the late Dame Helen Alexander
A video tribute to Dame Helen Alexander
(Created by Peel Hunt, founders of the Non-Executive Director Awards)