30% Club Appoints Global Co-Chair

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global Chair of the 30% Club said
“As we continue to increase our global footprint with 14 chapters across the world (and many more in the pipeline) as well as a number of very active initiatives here in the UK, we need to evolve our leadership model.  I am delighted to announce that Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chairman of Mastercard has agreed to join me as co-Chair of the 30% Club with immediate effect. Ann and I will co-chair the campaign for the next year and I will then move into an advisory role, with Ann assuming the Global Chair.

“From inception, the 30% Club has been working to drive better gender balance in organisations because it makes good business sense. I am very proud of what the campaign has achieved. We reached our target of 30% female representation on boards, enlisted a large number of FTSE 350 CEOs in our pipeline initiative, widened the membership of our Investor Group to include many of the largest investors across the world and established HRD and Strategy Best Practice Groups to help businesses incorporate gender diversity into company-wide strategy development.

“However, there is much more to do, and I would like to warmly welcome Ann to the 30% Club, which marks a new chapter in our global progress. In Ann, I know that we have a strong advocate and influential international business leader who will embody the Club’s mission of accelerating gender balance at executive and senior management levels and promoting inclusive culture.”

Launched in the UK by Dame Helena Morrissey in 2010, the 30% Club has become a global business campaign which collaborates with businesses, governments, investors, and other like-minded groups to drive change in gender diversity.  Progress is achieved through the commitment and leadership of the Club’s members (both Chairs and CEOs) to set targets in their own organisations and publicly advocate for the business case for gender balance. To date, 305 Chairs and CEO’s have signed-up in the UK to set a 30% target at board and/or senior management levels.

Ann Cairns, Global co-Chair of the 30% Club said:
"Women make up half of the population so it is only right that this is reflected in the businesses that serve them. The 30% Club has made tremendous strides in ensuring that companies understand the value of diverse voices at their organisations, but as the challenges of doing business become more intense in this interconnected world it is time to step up the activity to ensure we have the best and brightest minds at the boardroom table and beyond."  

Dame Helena Morrissey, Founder of the 30% Club said:
“I’m proud of what has been achieved by the 30% Club over the past nine years. After the early breakthrough on women on UK boards, Brenda has worked tirelessly to focus more on female executives, build the international reach and develop some wonderful initiatives. I know that she and Ann will make a great team over the next 12 months and that Ann will then be well placed to take the 30% Club forward. Our ultimate goal has to be to self-destruct when the job is done!”


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About Ann Cairns
In her role as Executive Vice Chairman Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation.  She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to her current appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all Mastercard customer-related activities in over 200 countries.

Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S.  Prior to joining Mastercard in 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal, CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO and held senior positions at Citigroup.

Ann is chair of ICE Clear Europe, one of the world’s largest clearing houses, owned by the Fortune 500 Company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). She is also on the board of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and a member of the UK Government’s AI council. She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University.

About Brenda Trenowden CBE, CFA, CCMI
Brenda has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, investment and relationship banking, with sector expertise in financial institutions. She is also a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative. In 2015 Brenda took over from Helena Morrissey as Global Chair of the 30% Club, where she works closely with leading Chairs and CEOs around the world to increase the representation of women in senior roles and throughout organisations.  She is also an advisor to the UK Government’s Hampton-Alexander Review for increasing the representation of women in the executive level of the FTSE 350.

Canadian by birth, Brenda has an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She has lived and worked in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe and North America for some of the world’s largest banks including Citi, BNP Paribas, Lloyds Banking Group, BNY Mellon and ANZ, where she led the Financial Institutions Group in Europe. In June 2019, Brenda was appointed as a Partner at PWC working within its People & Organisations division. Brenda is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. Brenda was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2018 for services to the financial sector and gender equality. She was also listed as the number one Champion of Women in Business 2018.

About the 30% Club
The 30% Club was founded in the UK in 2010 and is a global effort with chapters in 14 countries around the world. The 30% Club collaborates with businesses, governments and other campaigns to improve gender diversity and accelerate the pace of change throughout organisations. Campaign targets include a minimum 30% women at senior management level of FTSE-100 companies by 2020.