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Headhunters must keep pressure on chairman and boards says everywoman co-founder

Headhunters must keep pressure on chairman and boards says everywoman co-founder

Karen Gill, co-founder of everywoman, comments on the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s report, “Gender diversity on Boards: the Appointment process and the role of executive search firms” published on Monday (28 May 2012):

“The consensus is clear to all parties that gender diversity needs to be increased at board level. But meaningful and long-lasting change takes hard work and will naturally feel uncomfortable for those in positions of power who need to change their mindset, even if they know it makes business sense.

“This is evident in the results from the report produced today. Executive search firms have made progress thanks to the voluntary code, but the push needs to continue and headhunters must drive the focus on competencies rather than this indefinable and dangerous notion of “fit”. It’s easy to hire the image of what you know so chairman must make a conscious decision to take the blinkers off and consider applicants on a proven track record. This will be a leap of faith for many but British boards don’t need more of the same they need women with the right competencies and a different perspective to bring to the table.

“Taking stock of progress is important and the recommendations for executive search firms will hopefully drive progress on this imperative issue for UK business.”

About everywoman

everywoman is an expert in the advancement of women in business. Founded in September 1999 by Karen Gill and Maxine Benson, it is a membership organisation with a community of over 40,000 individuals and growing. everywoman challenges and changes the mindsets of individuals and business through its programme of events, awards, training, online content and projects such as Modern Muse - showcasing successful women in business to inspire young women and girls into the world of work, and the Navigator-a practical guide to business success.

everywoman supports members though the various stages of their business life, focusing them to clarify their goals ensuring they have the right mind-sets to realise them equipping them with skills to generate long-term success and elevating their achievements. Its ambition is to become the world’s largest and most influential female business network, inspiring generations of businesswomen and championing their cause, talents and prospects. Karen and Maxine were both awarded the MBE in January 2009 for services to women’s enterprise.


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