Women on Boards' mission is to inform, encourage and actively support women - from all sectors - to find their own pathway to the boardroom. Our goal is a measurable and sustainable increase in the number of women on boards and in leadership roles across all sectors in the UK.
Our board vacancy listings are designed to increase the transparency of the board recruitment process and give women visibility into a broad cross-section of NED, trustee and board committee roles, whilst our workshops and events provide practical advice on targeting appropriate board roles and using the WOB network as a source of support, advice and inspiration.
As our network of support and influence grows, it is strengthened by the success of individual members, who in turn share their stories to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and find their own pathway to the boardroom. Our On Board page lists women in the network who have taken on a board role; our Testimonials page contains some of the feedback we have received about our workshops and events.
Women on Boards in the UK is building on the success of the highly successful model of Women on Boards Australia.
You may also choose to become a paid subscriber to Women on Boards at a cost of £120 per annum (incl. VAT). A subscription will entitle you to a 30% discount on our events and workshops, individual support with your board profile and access to the full details of our UK-wide board vacancies. See our full subscriber benefits.
Activism for UK business to consider seriously the paucity of women on boards and in senior roles has been growing steadily over the last few years. The Government has indicated that it wants to see change and there has been a burst of activity and reporting following the Davies Report of 2011. The UK has decided to pursue a similar track to Australia in using its corporate governance code to push companies to set gender targets and report performance. Since October 2012, Section 2 of the FRC Corporate Governance Code recommends that FTSE companies:
And since October 2013 quoted companies have been required [“The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013”] to produce a Strategic Report, which includes a breakdown showing at the end of the financial year:
There are also several EU Directives under discussion that may place requirements on organisations around gender composition, including EU Directive 614, Viviane Reding's proposed Directive on boardroom gender quotas and EU Capital Requirements Directive IV.