Partnership with 30% Club launches to encourage young women to be next generation of leaders

12 January 2015

30% Club and Speakers for Schools today launches joint “Equality Across the Board” talk series

A new collaboration between the 30% Club and S4S to help progress diversity from the schoolroom to the boardroom

The 30% Club’s new partnership with Speakers for Schools launches today with a debate on the theme of “Equality Across the Board”, as a start to a campaign to encourage the ambitions and talent of young girls as the next generation of female leaders. Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of The 30% Club will moderate a discussion between Sir Roger Carr (Chairman, BAE Systems), Douglas Flint (Group Chairman, HSBC), Sir Nicholas Montagu (Chairman, Financial Ombudsman Service) and Fiona Dunsire (CEO, Mercer UK) and Sarah Sadek-Attalla (Headgirl) and Samuel Wilson (Headboy) at the St Angela’s Ursuline School in Newham.

The 30% Club’s collaboration with Speakers for Schools, a charity that organises free talks from eminent professionals and academics for state secondary schools and colleges, will begin with a fortnight of talks from top business leaders, encouraging girls to see their potential in leadership positions. A host of leading industry executives will deliver a series of talks on the theme of ‘Equality Across the Board’ to teenagers help encourage and make them aware that opportunities and workplaces are changing, especially for women, and gender should not prevent them from fulfilling their aspirations.

This programme further develops the 30% Club’s ‘Schoolroom to Boardroom’ campaign, which aims to support young women prior to starting their career. The scheme will also bridge the gap between other 30% Club initiatives aimed at female professionals, such as those with Henley, London and Saïd Business Schools to provide executive educations scholarships.

So far 22 industry leaders have confirmed they will be supporting this school campaign, including:

  • Sir Roger Carr, Chairman of BAE Systems
  • Sir Peter Gershon, Chairman of Tate & Lyle
  • Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer
  • Ian Powell, Chairman of PwC
  • Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary for DECC
  • Sir John Parker, Chairman of Anglo American PLC
  • Baroness (Mary) Goudie
  • Anne Richards, CIO of Aberdeen Asset Management
  • David Cruickshank, Chairman of Delloitte LLP
  • Paul Morris, MD of Towers Watson
  • Ian Durant, Chairman of Greggs
  • Mark Austen, Chairman of LV
  • Sacha Sadan of Legal & General
  • Brenda Trenowden of ANZ
  • Sir Brian Bender, Chairman of The London Metal Exchange
  • John Heaps, Partner at Eversheds and
  • Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management.

Helena Morrissey CBE, Founder of the 30% Club commented: “The 30% Club is proud to be teaming up with Speakers for Schools to encourage all young students to believe that leadership positons in business are achievable and that their potential is limitless. I am excited about the prospect of extending the 30% Club’s influence across women at all stages of their lives, whether they be ten years into their career or in this case, still in education. To make gender diversity sustainable – and the norm – we need a continuum of change, from schoolroom to boardroom.”

Robert Peston, BBC Economics Editor and founder of Speakers for Schools said: “It is vitally important both that young women aim for the top, including sitting on the boards of our biggest businesses, and that young men understand how pernicious it is that women are so under-represented among those who run our most important and powerful institutions. The cost to the economy – to us – of female talent being squandered is huge. Which is why Speakers for Schools is so thrilled to be in partnership with the 30% Club to make sure young people understand they should not tolerate any barriers to their success based on gender.”

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Further notes to Editors below

Sir Roger Carr

Students at the Equality Across the Board debate

Helena Morrissey

Sir Roger Carr

Fiona Dunsire

For further information, please contact:

Jamie Brookes, MHP Communications +44 20 3128 8529/07872 866 221
Toto Reissland-Burghart, MHP Communications + 44 203 128 8100

Notes to Editors

The 30% Club initiative was founded by Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO, Newton Investment Management, Chairman IMA, and is led by her and a group of senior individuals including:

  • Anne Richards, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Brenda Trenowden, ANZ
  • Caroline Carr, Goldman Sachs
  • Claire Tracey, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Claudia Kohler, Newton Investment Management
  • Elizabeth Passey, J.Stern & Co.
  • Emily Lawson, Wm Morrison
  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Investor Group
  • Francoise Higson, Newton Investment Management
  • Gaenor Bagley, PwC
  • Gay Collins, MHP Communications
  • Heather McGregor, Taylor Bennett
  • Helena Morrissey, Newton Investment Management
  • Henrietta Royle, British Bankers Association
  • Jamie Brookes, MHP Communications
  • Jane Scott, Professional Boards Forum
  • Joanna Santinon, EY
  • Katushka Giltsoff, The Miles Partnership
  • Mary FitzPatrick, GE Capital
  • Baroness Mary Goudie
  • Melanie Gee, Lazard
  • Melanie Richards, KPMG
  • Niamh Corbett, Morgan Stanley
  • Pavita Cooper, Independent Board Advisor
  • Peninah Thomson, The Mentoring Foundation
  • Rachel Short, YSC
  • Sally Martin, Shell
  • Sarah Wiggins, Linklaters
  • Siân Westerman, Rothschild
  • Tamara Box, Reed Smith
  • Vimi Grewal-Carr, Deloitte

Influential Chairmen supporting the 30% Club initiative include:

  • Mark Austen, LV=
  • John Barton, Catlin Group/ EasyJet/ Next
  • Sir Brian Bender, London Metal Exchange
  • Charles Berry, Drax Group
  • Sir Win Bischoff, Financial Reporting Council
  • Mark Bomer, BDO
  • Donald Brydon, Royal Mail/ Sage
  • Robin Buchanan, PageGroup
  • Dame Alison Carnwath, Land Securities
  • Sir Roger Carr, BAE Systems
  • Dominic Casserley, CEO of Willis
  • Stuart Chambers, Rexam
  • David Childs, Clifford Chance
  • Michael Cole-Fontayn, BNY Mellon EMEA
  • Simon Collins, KPMG
  • Allan Cook, WS Atkins
  • David Cruickshank, Deloitte
  • Miranda Curtis, Waterstone’s
  • Ian Davis, Rolls Royce
  • Martin Donnelly CMG, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • Andrew Duff, Severn Trent
  • Fiona Dunsire, Mercer UK
  • Sir Charles Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse/ TalkTalk
  • Ian Durant, Capital & Counties Properties
  • Neville Eisenberg, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Robert Elliott, Linklaters
  • Douglas Ferrans, IMA
  • Douglas Flint, HSBC
  • Karin Forseke, Alliance Trust
  • Anita Frew, Victrex
  • Sir Peter Gershon, National Grid/Tate & Lyle
  • Sir Ian Gibson, Wm Morrison
  • Richard Gnodde, Goldman Sachs
  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint
  • John Griffith-Jones, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Sir Philip Hampton, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • David Harris, Hogan Lovells
  • Rick Haythornthwaite, Centrica
  • John Heaps, Eversheds
  • Peter Hickson, Chemring
  • Andrew Higginson, Poundland
  • Brent Hoberman,
  • Tony Hobson, formerly Sage
  • Christine Hodgson, CapGemini
  • Stephen Howlett, The University of Greenwich
  • Dr Franz Humer, Diageo
  • Lady Judge, Pension Protection Fund
  • Sir Bob Kerslake, Civil Service, Cabinet Office
  • Will Lawes, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Rich Laxer, GE Capital International
  • Sir David Lees, Bank of England
  • Paul Leinster, Environment Agency
  • Lord Leitch, Bupa
  • Stephen Lovegrove, Department of Energy & Climate Change
  • Sir Nicholas Macpherson, HM Treasury
  • Charlie Mayfield, John Lewis
  • John McFarlane, Aviva
  • Mike McTighe, WYG plc
  • Julie Meyer, Ariadne Capital
  • Frank Meysmann, Thomas Cook Group
  • Nick Montagu, Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Glen Moreno, Pearson
  • David Morley, Allen & Overy
  • Paul Morris, Towers Watson
  • Chris Mullen, Pinsent Masons
  • Mark Neale, Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • John Nelson, Lloyd’s of London
  • Peter Norris, Virgin
  • Sir Richard Olver, formerly BAE Systems
  • Patrick O’Sullivan, Old Mutual
  • Stephen Parish, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Alan Parker, Brunswick
  • Sir John Parker, Anglo American
  • Sir John Peace, Burberry Group/ Standard Chartered
  • Ian Powell, PwC
  • Sir Michael Rake, BT Group
  • Paul Rawlinson, Baker & McKenzie
  • Sir Simon Robertson, formerly Rolls Royce
  • Baron David de Rothschild, Rothschild
  • William Rucker, Lazard
  • Sir Nigel Rudd, BAA/Invensys
  • Philip Rutnam, Department for Transport
  • Chris Saul, Slaughter and May
  • Jonathan Scott, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Peter Scott, Engine Group
  • John Stewart, Legal & General
  • Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP
  • Robert Swannell, Marks & Spencer
  • Alexander Y. Thomas, Reed Smith
  • Martin Thomas, Lancashire Holdings
  • Ben Tidswell, Ashurst
  • Michael Treschow, Unilever
  • David Tyler, Hammerson/ Sainsbury’s
  • Steve Varley, EY
  • Sir David Walker, Barclays
  • Bob Wigley, Tantalum Corporation