Opening the Black Box of Board Appointments: Women’s and Men’s Routes to the Boardroom

This research is from ESRC, Sapphire Partners and Kings College London, and shows that the recent efforts to increase the participation of women on boards have had a significant effect, particularly on FTSE boards. Women are being encouraged by their networks to seek NED roles, and are targeting FTSE boards. Men, on the other hand, are targeting a wider set of boards including non-FTSE plc and private company boards. The report was launched at an event on 12th March, at which the panel consisted of Carola Hoyos from the FT NED Club; Helena Morrissey from the 30 percent club; and Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer.

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