Women on Boards Review and FTSE Women Leaders Review:Written question - HL9334

Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Women on Boards Review and FTSE Women Leaders Review
To ask Her Majesty's Government what budget was allocated to (1) the Davies Review in 2015, and (2) the Hampton-Alexander Review in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, and (c) 2018; and what budget they plan to allocate to the Hampton-Alexander Review in 2019.
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 18 July 2018

The noble Lord Davies chaired the government-commissioned, independent and business-led Women on Boards review from 2010 to 2015 to increase the representation of women on FTSE350 company boards to 25% by 2015. His initial report was published in February 2011 and the final report in October 2015. The former department (BIS) provided a small secretariat to support his work. A number of sponsors and stakeholders also contributed to events and the successful publishing of his reports.

The Government commissioned and supports the independent, business-led Hampton-Alexander Review to meet its targets of women holding 33% of senior leadership positions and 33% of board positions in FTSE350 companies by 2020. This succeeded the Davies Review into Women on Boards. It is led by Sir Philip Hampton, Chair of GSK. The late Dame Helen Alexander co-chaired the Review until her death in August 2017. The Review will be supported for the duration by a joint secretariat comprising of officials from BEIS and the Government Equalities Office. KPMG are the Review’s corporate sponsors. Like the Davies Review, there is no Government programme budget in addition to the support provided by officials.

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