Welcome to the UK Chapter

Home of the 30% Club – the global campaign began here in 2010 when only 12% of FTSE 100 board members were women

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Beyond Boards

When the 30% Club was first established in the UK in 2010, women accounted for less than 12% of FTSE 100 board members. So we set up our business-led campaign to change that. 

We called on chairs and CEOs to commit to gender diversity as a business objective and aim for at least 30% female representation. 

Parity is our ultimate goal, and while we’re now inching towards 40% at board level, at the executive committee level we’re stuck at around 20% [read our latest stats here]. There are just 8 female CEOs in the FTSE 96 and there are still 100 all-male executive committees in the FTSE 350. So we won’t be changing our name any time soon!  

Something else you should know about us – the 30% Club stands to advance corporate leadership opportunities for ALL women. That’s why we’ve broadened our targets to include beyond 30% female representation at board and ExCo level of the FTSE 350, as well as one person of colour at each level by the end of 2023. We hope at least half of those seats go to women of colour. 

We believe diversity and inclusion is good for business – there’s plenty of research to prove it. And judging by our membership, more than 1,000 business leaders of the world’s biggest companies agree with us. 

Our aim

How we will achieve beyond  30% female representation 
& at least one person of colour at FTSE 350 board and ExCo level by the end of 2023

1

Activate

Activate senior leaders

Engage chairs and CEOs as members to drive change & support organisations in their inclusion efforts,
with a specific focus on gender

2

Influence

Influence those with power to drive change

Influence at a national level on D&I topics and work with other initiatives including Women FTSE Leaders Review, Generation Equality, the Parker Review & Change the Race Ratio

3

Enable

Enable future women leaders

Support the development of the talent pipeline through mentoring, executive education scholarships and board-ready initiatives

Why would any business leader needing access to the best and brightest minds restrict recruitment and promotion to only half of the population?

Ann Cairns, 30% Club Global Chair & Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard

Chapter Progress

How female representation at board level has progressed across the FTSE 350 since we started

2010

12%

2015

22%

2019

30%

2020

36%

2022

40%

Members

UK membership is primarily targeted at Chairs and CEOs of listed companies -
if not within the FTSE 350, organisations need to have a significant UK workforce or
presence to qualify for membership.

Filter by Chapter
Company Member name Job Title Chapter membership
Admiral Group Plc Annette Court David Stevens CBE Chair CEO UK
AECOM Lara Poloni CEO, Europe, Middle East, India & Africa (EMIA) UK
AESC Karen Greembaum Chair UK
AFME Michael Cole-Fontayn Chair UK
Albert Goodman LLP Rupert Bugler Managing Partner UK
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Euan Fraser CEO (Global) UK
Amaechi Performance Systems Ltd John Amaechi OBE Founder and CEO UK
Amino Technologies Karen Bach Chair UK
Anglo American Mark Cutifani Stuart Chambers CEO Chair UK
Antofagasta Plc Iván Arriagada CEO UK

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Our work

We organise our action across the following areas.
Click the arrows to read more about what we do

The Automotive working group is made up of MDs and CEOs from automotive manufacturing, retailing and supplier companies.

Main Aim

Our aim is to fill at least 30% of key leadership positions in our organisations with women, from junior management to board level by 2030.

Our four-phase 30 by 30 strategy

  • Reach Out – we connect with young women in schools, universities and professional networks through speeches and career events, and offer work experience opportunities
  • Welcome In – we examine recruitment and selection practices for unconscious bias
  • Pull Through – we investigate ways to improve the rate of promotion of talented women
  • Hold On – we implement policies and practices to improve retention levels of women leaders

Events

The key events in our calendar include; Inspiring Automotive Women Day – a reach out campaign to secondary schools to inspire female students to consider careers within the Automotive sector; Inspiring Automotive Women Awards – a great opportunity to celebrate females from within our industry; and our annual conference for members featuring guest speakers.

 

We also work in partnership with the charity Speakers for Schools.

Contact

Julia Muir

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As part of the 30% Club efforts to encourage and increase female gender balance at all organisational levels, we establish partnerships with business schools globally to rectify the under-representation of women pursuing post-graduate management education by offering scholarships.

Through these partnerships, we are able to offer scholarships to women with leadership potential  at the world’s leading business schools – of up to 50% of course fees.

We seek to build a continuum of change from schoolrooms to boardrooms, helping women to make the decision to undertake further education and accelerate their career progression.

Please click below for more information on the under-representation of women on management courses from Brenda Trenowden CBE, former 30% Club Global Chair. She explains why this matters and what’s being done to change it. More information here.

Our scholarships

To view the institutions that offer 30% Club scholarships, please click here.

Contact

For more information on our scholarships, please contact Aba Wilson-Sam.

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Main Aim

Our two 30% Club cross-company, cross-sector mentoring programmes are helping to deliver our ambition for an inclusive society that advances workplace diversity and inclusion. They are an example of employer sponsorship and commitment to inclusion.

By carefully pairing up mentors and mentees, these structured, nine-month programmes bolster these efforts to build a talent pipeline into senior leadership and management roles for women – and more recently, for others from diverse backgrounds.

At a time when many businesses and organisations are facing a retention crisis, our research shows that 80% of programme participants have remained with their employers in the three years after taking part. Almost half have been promoted.

Our programmes are delivered by Moving Ahead, a social impact organisation which specialises in inclusion and diversity training through mentoring and learning. Each partnership is matched cross-company and the programmes are designed to pair participants with different experiences, so they learn from each other’s diverse perspectives.

Our programmes

We run two programmes with one focusing on advancing gender diversity and the other on advancing broader D&I. 

Mission: Gender Equity Advancing gender diversity

Watch video here

Now entering its eighth year, Mission: Gender Equity is the world’s largest cross-company mentoring programme and is successfully helping to build a talent pipeline to achieve our aim for parity of women in leadership and board roles.

Mentees are high-potential women who are committed to their personal growth and development. They can be from every layer of the career pyramid. Mentors are leaders of any gender, from middle management up to board level, who are committed to creating a culture where men and women have equal opportunities to thrive.

Since launching in 2014 – when it was known as the 30% Club cross-company mentoring programme – it has supported a total of 9,324 mentors and mentees. The first cohort was made up of 80 participants from eight organisations and it has grown ever since. Last year, 2,634 mentors and mentees from 194 organisations took part, including representatives from HSBC, EY, The Environment Agency, Ocado, Oxford University Press and Cisco.

And our latest research shows that 47% of the women mentees from our 2018-2019 cohort have since been promoted within their organisation. And 80% were still with their employer three years later.

Mission INCLUDE: advancing broader D&I

Watch the video here

Two years ago, following the success of Mission: Gender Equity, we widened our focus beyond gender and into broader diversity with the launch of a second, nine-month-mentoring programme called Mission INCLUDE. This cross-company, cross-sector initiative focuses on achieving greater broader diversity within organisations – including ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation as well as behavioural and background diversity – and to build that pipeline to top management positions.

Mentees are high-potential colleagues who are committed to their personal growth and development and would like to share their diversity story to help others walk in their shoes. Organisations can select from every layer of the career pyramid and may wish to target mentees from underrepresented groups.

Mentors are leaders from middle management up to board level, who are committed to developing their skills and muscles around being an inclusive leader and walking in the shoes of others.

The rollout of Mission INCLUDE furthers our aspirations for a world in which organisations foster truly inclusive cultures – cultures that embrace people who look, act and, importantly, think differently – so people can reach their full potential to positively impact their teams, their markets and their communities.

The programmes run from November to July every year. For our scheme literature and further information on how to take part, please click here.

Contact

For more information or to add your story to our case studies get in touch with Rebecca Davies from Moving Ahead, rebecca.davies@moving-ahead.org. 

The UK chapter of the 30% Club has recently published some research on women as changemakers in the race to net zero in partnership with the Oliver Wyman Forum.

You can read it here

We are currently in the process of creating a new working group to continue our action in this important area.

Please contact us if you would like to know more. 

We are the UK investor voice on diversity and inclusion

The 30% Club UK Investor Group was established in 2011 and brings together more than 40 investors with trillions of pounds of assets under management to drive change with companies on inclusion and diversity.

Our members are asset owners, asset managers and investment intermediaries like financial advisors who want to drive change with the companies they own.

Our targets

We want UK Plc to represent the diversity of our society. As members of the 30% Club Investor Group, we are committed to achieving the 30% Club targets for the UK market, which are:

  • Beyond 30% representation of women on all FTSE 350 boards, to include one person of colour by 2023
    We support the Parker Review goals for at least one person of colour on every FTSE 350 board – in addition, we advocate for gender balance with half these seats going to women, creating 175 board seats for women of colour.
  • Beyond 30% representation of women on all FTSE 350 Executive Committees, to include one person of colour by 2023
    We advocate for gender balance with half these seats going to women, creating 175 executive committee roles for women of colour.
  • Beyond 30% of all new FTSE 350 Chair appointments to go to women between July 2020 and 2023
  • Beyond 30% representation of women at senior management level of FTSE 100 companies (ExCo + direct report levels).

What we do

We are the place where UK investors passionate about diversity and inclusion can meet, learn and take action to drive change with the assets they own

Investors are responsible for the stewardship of the investments they make on behalf of their clients and pension members. The UK Investor Group supports this in three ways:

We cooperate to be stronger together

We co-ordinate the UK investment community’s approach to diversity by bringing investors together and take joint action, including through collaborative engagement campaigns. Our focus is the FTSE 350 which comprise the largest 100 companies (FTSE 100) and the next largest 250 companies (FTSE 250) in the UK. One example is our engagement with so called “one and done” boards who have appointed one woman to their board but failed to reach the 30% Club targets. We also engage with the wider ecosystem such as proxy advisors, data providers and executive search firms.

We commit to act

Members who are part of our group have committed to exercise their ownership rights, including voting and engagement, to effect change on company boards, senior management teams and company strategy. Members also commit to reporting on their activities. For more information on members’ commitment, please see our Statement of Intent which all our members have signed up to here. Click here

To read our new statement on address racial inequality, click here

To read our statement on our new analysis with Diversio, click here

We equip and communicate

Our knowledge workstream aims to drive change in the industry and beyond by empowering more investors to engage on the issue of diversity and inclusion and speak out publicly to make sure our voice is heard. Examples of our activities:

  • Our Toolkit for Engaging Boards on Diversity. 
  • Industry insight related to the investment case for corporate gender and race equity
  • A best practice guide for companies to diversity and inclusion reporting. Click here
  • Developing a training programme on race equity.

How to get involved

We encourage any investor located in or investing in the UK to get involved. Membership of the 30% Club UK investor group is free and provides significant benefits including the change to be actively involved in shaping the diversity of the UK corporate landscape, be part of the industry leading voice on gender and race equity in the UK and get access to diversity and inclusion insights, analysis, training and expertise. If you’re interested in hearing more, please register you interest here.

Members

AMP Capital (UK), Astarte Capital Partners, Aviva Investors, AXA Investment Managers, Baring Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, BlackRock, BMO Global Asset Management, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, Brunel Pension Partnership, Castlefield Investment Partners LLP, Church Investors Group, Eco Advisers Ltd, EdenTree Investment Management, Environment Agency Pension Fund, Fidelity International, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), Hermes Investment Management, HSBC Investment Management, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Jupiter Asset Management, Legal & General Investment Management, LGPS Central Ltd, LGT Wealth Management, Liontrust Investment Partners LLP, Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, Local Pensions Partnership, M&G Investments, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, NEST, Newton Investment Management, Northern Local Government Pension Scheme, Quilter, Resona Asset Management Co., Ltd., Robeco, Royal London Asset Management (CIS) Limited, RPMI Railpen Investments, Sarasin & Partners LLP, Standard Life Aberdeen, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management, T. Rowe Price International Ltd, The Health Foundation and West Midlands Pension Fund, West Yorkshire Pension Fund.

Contact

For more information, please contact Aba Wilson-Sam.

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Main Aim

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Toolkit

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Contact

For more information or to add your story to our case studies get in touch with Gillian Harford

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Main Aim

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Toolkit

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Contact

For more information or to add your story to our case studies get in touch with Gillian Harford

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The 30% Club Race Equity Group (“REG”) was established in March 2021. The REG’s goal is to enable the UK Chapter of the 30% Club to fulfil its objectives for supporting greater and enduring representation of racial and ethnic minority women in senior executive and board roles in major companies operating in the UK as set out in the Club’s targets to 2023.

Main Aim

The strategic focus areas for the REG are as follows:

  • Advising the 30% Club of opportunities to operate optimally in support of the Targets.
  • Influencing industry leaders to publicly advocate for and adopt meaningful race action plans.
  • Activating the investor community as a lever for transformation at scale.
  • Sponsoring racial and ethnic minority women into senior executive and board roles.
  • Capacity building for key corporate stakeholders e.g. mentoring, race fluency and allyship.
  • Leveraging technology and research to provide evidence-based approach to problem solving.

Our approach

The REG operates in the following way:

  • Convening powerful industry leaders.
  • Campaigning for change at systems level.
  • Challenging the status quo for a more urgent pace of change.
  • Collaborating with strategic partners who are leaders in their fields.
  • Creating safe spaces for courageous conversations, learning and community building.
  • Calculating the impact of our work.

Initiatives

The REG has developed a number of initiatives to achieve its goals, including:

  • Leaders for Race Equity programme – a cross-company development initiative to accelerate ethnic diversity in senior leadership, build a talent pipeline from diverse communities of future leaders and unlock the productivity potential of diverse teams. The 9-month programme in collaboration with Change the Race Ratio is delivered by our mentoring partner Moving Ahead and kicks off on May 10 2022. Find out more here.
  • The Global Investor Strategy and Corporate Governance Forum
  • Diversity and inclusion analysis platform for investors
  • Regular convenings of CEOs and Chairs on the topic of race equity
  • Sponsorship programmes for individuals of colour into senior and Board roles
  • And more.

The Network of Networks (TNON) serves as the secretariat for the REG.

Contact

For more information or to add your story to our case studies get in touch with Rose Qian

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Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee and Working Groups are made up of senior directors and executives who lead the direction and activities of the 30% Club

Ann Cairns

Executive vice chair Mastercard

Global chair

Pavita Cooper

Founder More Difference

Vice chair

Baroness Mary Goudie

Member of the British House of Lords

Member

Laura Whitcombe

Global Campaign Manager 30% Club

Member

Aba Wilson-Sam

Assistant Campaign Manager 30% Club

Member

Sam Mazloum

Chief of Staff Mastercard

Member

Rupal Kantaria

Partner Oliver Wyman Forum

Member, Head of Climate Change workstream

Sophie Chandauka MBE

head of Americas risk management and Intelligence, Meta

Member, Head of Race Equity working group

Events

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