IoD welcomes increased number of women on boards

17 December 2012

Commenting on research published today by Experian showing that the number of female directors in the UK is on the rise, Roger Barker, Head of Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors, said:

“We welcome the news that the total number of female directors has grown by a quarter since 2007, although there is clearly a long way to go. There are still sectors of the economy where women are almost entirely absent from the boardroom – sectors which are missing out on the benefits of having a diverse range of directors.

“While much of the attention has been on large companies, smaller firms are also recognising the value of diverse boards. It is worth remembering that there is a much more to UK business than just the FTSE. It is encouraging to see boardrooms opening their doors to the full pool of talent in the UK, and a growing number of women starting their own companies.” 


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Mark Wallace
Head of Media Relations
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Edwin Morgan
Media Relations Manager
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Notes to editors

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 38,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.
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