FTSE Board Stories

Over the years the Hampton-Alexander Review has engaged with FTSE Board members to gather their perspective on the need 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.

Personal perspectives

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A Company Secretary’s Perspective
Rosemary Martin | Vodafone


Vodafone aspires to become an employer whose track record in attracting and retaining female talent is so strong that by 2025 we are widely considered to be the world’s best employer for women.

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A Chair’s Perspective
Sir Peter Bazalgette | ITV


The Board of ITV is today made up of four women and six men including Chief Executive Carolyn McCall and is ranked 14th in the FTSE 100 rankings, having moved up from 90th position in 2015 with one woman Non-Executive director Mary Harris on the board. A journey of leadership, transparency and active pursuit of excellence.

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A Non-Executive Director’s Perspective
Carolyn McCall DBE | Burberry


It is testament to Burberry’s open and inclusive culture that it has been placed in the FTSE 100 top twenty best performers for many years and this year is ranked in fifth place with 45% women on the Burberry Board.

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A Senior Independent Director’s Perspective
Vivienne Cox CBE | Pearson


Collaborating with the board to develop talent and a leadership pipeline. Pearson has a proud and strong history of women serving on its board for the past two decades. Indeed when I joined the board in 2011 Dame Marjorie Scardino was the CEO.

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A Chair’s Perspective
Charles Berry | Senior PLC


Senior PLC is a FTSE 250 international engineering company employing 7500 people with 33 operations in 14 countries. We serve worldwide aerospace, defence, land vehicle and energy markets and operate in an industry often thought not to be a ‘natural’ one for women leaders.

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A Company Secretary’s Perspective
Amanda Mellor | M&S


The M&S’ Board efforts are geared towards giving our Nomination Committee exposure to the richest and deepest talent pool. We have broadened our horizons to consider candidates from a wider pool; capturing new and different perspectives that can add real value to Boardroom discussions.

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A Non-Executive’s Perspective
Anne Hyland | Elementis PLC


Elementis PLC is one of the UK’s largest speciality chemicals businesses, employing around 1500 people, with operations world-wide. Elementis operates in markets that have traditionally had few women leaders, none-the-less I was surprised to find myself the first woman appointed to the Board in the Group’s 169 years history.

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A Chair’s Perspective
Ian Davis | Rolls-Royce


I, and the Board of Rolls-Royce, strongly support the work of the Hampton- Alexander Review. Diversity and Inclusion improve decision-making and enhance an organisation’s ability to attract, engage and retain talented people. They also strengthen culture and reduce the risk of silo behaviours.

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