Review of women in executive management examined by Committee

29 November 2017

The Women and Equalities Committee follows up its work on women in executive management by examining the results of the Davies and Hampton-Alexander Reviews

In the last Parliament, the Committee launched an inquiry into the under-representation of women in senior executive roles, examining the barriers for women in reaching senior executive positions within companies and the actions Government was taking to improve the pace of change.

Since then, the Government has set up the Hampton-Alexander Review.

This independent review, commissioned by the Government, looked at ways to ensure that talented women at the top of business are recognised, promoted and rewarded.

The Review's initial findings, published on the 8 November 2016, set a voluntary target to achieve 33% representation for women in leadership teams by the end of 2020.

The most recent report, published on 9 November 2017, set out the progress made against the recommendations in the original 2016 report.

This one-off evidence session will consider the reviews and progress made so far.


Wednesday 29 November 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House.


  • Professor Sue Vinnicombe CBE, Cranfield School of Management
  • Professor Ruth Sealy, University of Exeter Business School
  • Denise Wilson OBE, CEO, Hampton-Alexander Review

Chair's comments

"While these reviews show that progress has been made, it is clearly not fast enough.

We run real risk of missing the 33% target by 2020 and both businesses and Government should take responsibility.

Too many companies are risking their performance by failing to ensure gender diversity on their Boards and among their executive managers.

We will be looking at the findings of the reviews, considering the current figures and asking what more needs to be done to make sure the most senior positions in companies are as often held by women as by men."

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