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Target hit as third of FTSE board roles now held by women

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom: ‘women continue to face barriers’

A third of all board positions in Britain’s FTSE 100 companies are now held by women.

It means a key target of the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review has been met almost a year ahead of schedule.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom welcomed the “fantastic work” of the Review in meeting this target, achieved on an entirely voluntary basis, without the need for legislation, fines or penalties. 

However, those leading the review highlighted a lack of female representation in senior leadership and key executive roles in FTSE companies. Just 15% of FTSE 100 finance directors are women.

The Review shows that further work is needed for many FTSE 100 companies, and for the FTSE 250 overall to meet the 33% target, as it currently sits at 29.5%.

Research produced exclusively for the Review by the Global Institute for Women Leadership at King’s College London also shows women facing everyday sexism in the workplace, with examples including higher reports of insults or angry outbursts directed at women compared to men.

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