Women on boards: Through the glass ceiling

Janet Hull

The opportunity for women in the marketing and advertising community to earn a place in the boardroom is still relatively untapped, but several recent initiatives should make it easier. Janet Hull reports.

Helena Morrissey, founder of the 30 Percent Club, mother of nine, and CEO of Newton Investment Management, wants to change the shape of Britain's boardrooms. Speaking at a drinks reception and forum at the House of Commons entitled 'The Shape of Things to Come'1 on 26 October, she called for a paradigm shift in thinking, among CEOs and chairmen of FTSE companies, when it comes to the appointment of directors and non-executives.

Morrissey predicts a future where there is a 'kinder capitalism'; where the whole framework of doing business successfully will be challenged. And this will call for a new type of business director.