30% Club praises FTSE 350 CEOs engaged in campaign for greater female representation at exec level

- 30 FTSE-100 CEO’s commit to 30% Club’s 30% Targets -

The 30% Club congratulates the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 CEOs who have signed up to its campaign #30PCCEOLeadership to improve gender diversity in their senior leadership teams, and encourages remaining CEOs to join their peers in making public a belief that gender balance is good for business.

In August 2017, the 30% Club wrote to FTSE 350 CEOs to urge them to commit to setting an aspirational target of 30% female representation in their senior leadership teams by 2020. This is a target, not a quota, to be considered in the same way as any other business goal.  At that time, two FTSE 100 CEO Members were fully committed to the senior management target – Mark Wilson of Aviva and Moya Greene of Royal Mail – and two FTSE 250 CEO Members – Stephen Koseff of Investec and Preben Prebensen of Close Brothers Group.

The 30% Club is pleased to announce that since the summer, 30 FTSE 100 CEO Members across 29 companies and 28 FTSE 250 CEOs across 27 companies (see list below) have committed to the campaign goals.

Brenda Trenowden, 30% Club Global Chair and Head of FIG, Europe, ANZ Bank, commented:

“The 30% Club Campaign has always been about women and men working together to drive better gender balance in their organisations because it makes good business sense.  We were pleased to have such strong support from so many chairs in the initial campaign and delighted with the incredible momentum that our CEO campaign has achieved with the CEOs of 29 FTSE100 and 27 FTSE250 companies signing up to an aspirational target of 30% female representation in their senior leadership teams by the end of 2020.  Many have been working on this for some time and some have already reached the goal.  We would encourage those not yet signed up to get in touch with us so that we can work together to help drive the change that we all want to achieve.”

CEOs committed to the 30% Club target:


Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group                            

Alison Brittain, CEO, Whitbread

Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone

Mike Coupe, CEO, Sainsbury’s

Jeremy Darroch, CEO, Sky

John Flint, CEO Designate, HSBC Holdings

Liv Garfield, CEO, Severn Trent

Martin Gilbert, Co-CEO, Standard Life Aberdeen

Chris Grigg, CEO, British Land

Chris Hill, CEO, Hargreaves Lansdown

António Horta-Osório, CEO, Lloyds Banking Group

Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco

Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, BHP

John Martin, CEO, Ferguson

Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo

Ross McEwan, CEO, RBS

Steve Mogford, CEO, United Utilities Group

Robert Noel, CEO, Landsec 

Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Steve Rowe, CEO, Marks & Spencer

Keith Skeoch, Co-CEO, Standard Life Aberdeen

David Sleath, CEO, Segro

Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

David Thomas, CEO, Barratt Developments

Emma Walmsley, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline

David Warren, Interim CEO & Group CFO, London Stock Exchange Group

Andrew Williams, CEO, Halma

Mark Wilson, CEO, Aviva

Nigel Wilson, CEO, Legal & General Group


Alan Aubrey, CEO, IP Group

Lance Batchelor, CEO, Saga

Brian Bickell, CEO, Shaftesbury

Henry Birch, CEO, Rank Group

Alex Chesterman OBE, CEO, ZPG

Stephen Clarke, CEO, WH Smith

Tim Cobbold, CEO, UBM

Peter Fankhauser, CEO, Thomas Cook Group

Rod Flavell, CEO, FDM Group

Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, CEO, Virgin Money

Moya Greene, CEO, Royal Mail Group

Tristia Harrison, CEO, TalkTalk Group

Gary Hoffman, CEO, Hastings Group

Andrew Horton, CEO, Beazley                              

Karen Hubbard, CEO Card Factory

Morgan Jones, Co-CEO, Hansteen Holdings

Alex Kanellis, CEO, PZ Cussons

Stephen Koseff, CEO, Investec

Jonathan Lewis, CEO, Capita

Chris Loughlin, CEO, Pennon Group

Dame Louise Makin, CEO, BTG

Preben Prebensen, CEO, Close Brothers Group

Andrew Rashbass, CEO, Euromoney Institutional Investor

David Squires, CEO, Senior plc

Jon Stanton, CEO, Weir

Guy Wakeley, CEO, Equiniti

Ian Watson, Co-CEO, Hansteen Holdings

Roger Whiteside, CEO, Greggs

For more information, please contact:
Gay Collins: (+44) 07798 626282

Available quotes from signed-up CEO’s:

Quote from Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao 
“Vodafone is committed to increasing the representation of women in our management and leadership roles to 30% by 2020 – not just in our UK operations, where we have already reached this goal, but across our business globally.  We are already looking beyond 2020, and hope our growing track record for attracting and retaining senior female talent will become so strong we will be considered one of the world’s best employers for women by 2025.”

PR Contact:  Adam Liversage
+44 7785 665933

Quote from Sainsbury’s CEO, Mike Coupe
 “As one of the UK’s largest employers, we’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all our colleagues. 30% of our Board and 30% of our Divisional Directors are female and we’re taking active steps to meet this target across our entire senior management team. We recognise that employing a diverse range of people, reflecting the communities and customers we serve, creates real social and economic value for the business.”

PR Contact: Alicia Painter
020 7695 3252 | 07467 446125

Quote from Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive, Sky
“We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels fairly represented. Our Women in Leadership programme ensures women can go further and faster in the organisation with skilled mentors and individual sponsors, as well as training and development. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do.”

PR Contact: Amy Holland
Tel: 07585 403 613

Quote from David Sleath, CEO, Segro
“Joining the 30% Club is a public declaration of our commitment to increase the levels of gender diversity in our business. We believe that seeking a more gender-balanced workforce is not only good for business, it’s the right thing to do. At SEGRO, we are focussed on promoting an open culture, which is free from bias, and where women feel that they have an equal chance of reaching the most senior roles within our business. “I hope that, as early adopters in the property industry, we will encourage others to join to the 30% Club and drive forward the pace of change.”

PR Contact: Lizzie Humphreys
T: +44 207 451 9129
M: +44 7714 540 326

Quote from Lance Batchelor, CEO, Saga
"Improving gender diversity within senior leadership teams is vital to the future success of any company. Diversity enhances company effectiveness and performance, and an inclusive culture is in the best interests of shareholders, employees and customers. Saga's overall workforce is 55% female and 45% male and our representation of women in senior leadership positions is 38%. We're working hard to increase this representation at senior levels as a key business priority. We'll continue to champion diversity throughout the business at all levels, and we're proud to participate in the 30% Club."

PR Contact: Matthew Bath
01303 772297 / 07710 440562

Quote from Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo PLC
“We passionately believe that diverse businesses perform better, so I am delighted to join the 30% Club. I am very proud that this year our Board will achieve gender parity, and that women currently make up 40% of our Executive Committee. Our ambition continues with an intent to have our global senior leadership team 40% female by 2025.”

PR Contact: Michelle Lavipour
Diageo Press Office
+44 (0) 20 8978 2749

Quote from Guy Wakeley, CEO of Equiniti
“At Equiniti we’re committed to being the very best organisation we can be, and my commitment to the objectives of the 30% Club is a key step towards narrowing the gender pay-gap, attracting new talent, and unleashing the extraordinary potential of our colleagues.  This is about much more than equality, it’s good business sense and the right thing to do”

PR Contact: Alex Child-Villiers
07795 425580

Quote from Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook Group CEO
“Gender diversity isn’t a nice-to-have, it makes fundamental business sense. As a customer-focused business we know that a more balanced boardroom brings wider perspectives and makes decisions which better reflect the customers that we serve, ultimately helping us to build a more successful business. All of our senior managers have diversity targets for their teams to prioritise this approach throughout Thomas Cook, so we’re proud to sign up to this campaign.”

PR Contact:  Matt Magee

Notes to Editors 
The 30% Club was founded in the UK in 2010 and is a global effort with chapters in ten countries around the world. Led by Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair, the 30% Club collaborates with businesses, governments and other campaigns to improve gender diversity and accelerate the pace of change from schoolroom to boardroom. Campaign targets include a minimum 30% women at senior management level of FTSE-100 companies by 2020.

The full list of influential members supporting the 30% Club initiative can be found at: http://30percentclub.org/members/