Report authors call for changes to appointments process

Ruth Sealy
Ruth Sealy

The 2010 Female FTSE report from Cranfield School of Management has revealed another year of barely noticeable change in the number of women in leadership positions of the UK’s top 100 companies.

There are just 135 female-held directorships out of 1,076 on the FTSE 100 boards.

Today’s figure of 12.5 per cent highlights a three year plateau (12.2 per cent in 2009 and 12 per cent in 2008) signifying a situation of stagnation when it comes to diversity in British boardrooms.

Report co-author Dr Ruth Sealy, said: “There is still too much female talent not making it to the boardroom.  Eighty-two of the FTSE 100 companies have women on their executive committees. These women are a rich resource pool for future board directorships. This pipeline of women continues to grow each year – there are now 2,551 women on the corporate boards and executive committees of all FTSE listed companies.”

The report also includes a list of 100 Women to Watch – on the executive committees of FTSE 350 companies or in major financial institutions poised for board position. 

> Hear the report authors discuss the findings online: