Friday, 31 October 2014

Women at Board Level

On the 22nd October on this blog we ran a piece on "Royal Mail boss is demanding some positive action to have more women on company boards" (See it Here)

This was about the  Chief Executive of Royal Mail Moya Greene demanding that there is tougher action to get talented women to the top of businesses.

Equality and Human Rights Commission E-News that was sent to us a couple of days had a headline "Commission news: Women on boards "

They are saying that Top companies to highlight good practice in increasing the number of women at board level - The Commission will survey the top FTSE 350 companies to find out about the best ways to reach, or exceed, the voluntary target of 25% representation of women at board level. 

Over the next two months we will collect evidence of how board appointments have been made, to identify good practice in increasing board diversity and see where there is room to do more.

As well as the survey being sent to the FTSE companies, the Commission will also seek evidence from search companies, and successful candidates who have recently been appointed. More Here

When we have further information will bring you up to date, but in the meantime  If your organisation is looking for Diversity & Inclusion Training then take a look at the specialist jml Training website here  


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Speen Helping Hospices Annual Christmas Market

For the past few years in the Buckinghamshire village of Speen, a Christmas Market is held. This annual Christmas Market is in aid of supporting local hospices.

This year they are supporting Florence Nightingale House, Helen and Douglas House, Iain Renniw Hospice at Home and The South Bucks Day Hospice.

It is being held at the King William IV pub in the centre of the village (Hampden Road, HP27 0RU) on Friday 14th November and Saturday 15th November between 11 am and 4 pm.

Gráinne Suter of jml training Consultancy is a member of the organising committee and is inviting people who are looking for Christmas Cards, gifts, jewellery and cakes to come along.

Admission is only £1 and whilst at the KW4 you can also have a Bucks Fizz breakfast and they are also serving food all day.

Local Estate and letting agents, The JNP Partnership who have been very busy this year celebrating their 20th anniversary are supporting this venture with flyers and event boards.

Put a note in your diary now for the 14th and 15th of November at the KW4 in Speen 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Royal Mail boss is demanding some positive action to have more women on company boards

The Independent and other newspapers have today run reports about the Canadian born Chief Executive of Royal Mail Moya Greene demanding that there is tougher action to get talented women to the top of businesses.

She had been speaking at a London event to launch 25 by 25 which is an initiative led by excecutive search firm Egon Zehnder

The objective of the 25 by 25 is to help companies develop their female talent and achieve 25 female CEOs in the FTSE 100 by 2025.

The company had issued a press release earlier this month saying that "More than 20 percent of directors on large European company boards are women, a significant increase from 15.6 percent just two years ago and a jump from 8 percent in 2004. These are the findings of the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis, which examined board diversity at more than 350 companies with market capitalizations in excess of €4 billion across 17 European countries. Egon Zehnder has released this report biennially since 2004"

According to The Independent, Moya Greene said: “One of the most important things to do is to help women take ownership of their ambition and aspirations. It’s still disappointing when you see how young women view their ambition – and how others view that ambition.To be a CEO it’s really hard work and you really have to want to do it. For women, even in 2014, that can be a problem"
Childcare -  Ms Greene went on to say that one of the big problems in the UK was the quality of childcare, she said, which was not as good as in places such as Sweden or her home country, Canada. British companies could do more to help with childcare – Royal Mail had its own crèche.

Miranda Pode, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in London is behind the 25 by 25 goal, said companies today had a great opportunity to find and develop great leaders for the future without needing to look outside the UK.

If your organisation is looking for Diversity & Inclusion Training then take a look at the specialist jml Training website here