Heather Jackson, founder of An Inspirational Journey, an organisation that advises companies on getting more women into senior roles, said putting the spotlight on the FTSE 100 highlighted the problem of gender imbalance in a simple way. “Put like that it summarises how far we have to go to get more female CEOs at the top.”
She said it takes “a good twenty years to get a good CEO in place, developing them from middle management”. But, she added, too many companies were cutting back on programmes and training aimed at improving gender balance at the top.
“The systems and processes are in place, but it is the desire to implement that is going wrong,” she said. “They are talking about it rather than walking it.”
Because, of course, once you’re taken on to produce such a CEO from the middle ranks you’ve then got a 20 year contract!