Harriet Harman, minister for Women and Equality, has told the Treasury Select Committee that the Britain’s boardrooms must have more women on them.
Speaking on Tuesday 20 October in relation to how boards of City firms could improve Britain’s economic performance through boardroom diversity, she told the Committee “If you want to make sure you don’t have the nightmare of men-only boards, you actually have to change the terms on which men and women participate, you have to change the culture and working practices because the greater good you are aiming for is to make sure you have diverse boards and a proper meritocratic approach.”
Interestingly, the Department of Health published, on 13 October, the report of the Chair of the National Working Group on Women in Medicine. Titled Women doctors: making a difference, the report aims, amongst other things, to encourage women in leadership.
In particular, the report recommends that “There should be increased access for women to the committees and boards of major medical institutions, including the medical schools, postgraduate deaneries, medical Royal Colleges, NHS trusts and other NHS bodies. The Equality and Human Rights Commission should consider auditing the appointments process for all such posts at these institutions, as they consider appropriate, to assess whether sufficient opportunity has been created to increase access for women to these respective organisations’ committees and boards.”
Download Women doctors: making a difference here.
Readers with an interest in women on NHS boards might be interested in the following Health Service Journal (HSJ) articles:
Anne Watts on women in the non-executive workplace (16 May 2008)
Few women doctors have board-level responsibilities, says RCP (4 June 2009)