Women on Boards: is gender diversity in the boardroom an EU issue?

02 July 2012

The House of Lords EU Sub Committee will be looking at the representation of women on company boards and will question investment and equality organisations on Monday 2 July about approaches to boardroom diversity.

Women's equality experts will face questions from the Committee about issues such as what the target percentage of women on boards should be and whether the EU should introduce legislative quotas to achieve this. The Committee will then question investment associations about the attitudes of investors across Europe to diversity, touching on issues such as how engagement with gender balance in boardrooms varies across Member States and whether companies that have more diverse boards are more attractive to investors.


At 4.05pm, Monday 2 July, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

  • Scarlet Harris, TUC Women’s Equality Officer
  • Karen Jochelson, Director of Economy & Employment Programme, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Dr Annette Lawson OBE, Chair of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations
  • Professor Sylvia Walby OBE, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University

Immediately following, the committee will question:

  • Liz Murrall, Director, Corporate Governance and Reporting, Investment Management Association
  • Joanne Segars, Chief Executive, National Association of Pension Funds Ltd
  • Otto Thoresen, Director General, Association of British Insurers

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