One hundred leading female professionals are highlighted in the 2020 Women to Watch supplement, published annually by Cranfield University’s School of Management alongside the Female FTSE Board Report. The Female FTSE Board Report 2020 found that although the FTSE 350 looks on track to reach the target of 33% of women on boards by December 2020, a lack of representation at the top could be impacting on the number of women in the executive pipeline.

Businesses must realise women’s potential in the workplace

The Women to Watch supplement showcases a wide range of women available for, and ideally suited to, board positions on FTSE 350 companies now or in the near future.

Dr Patricia Pryce, Director, Beauwest Consultancy Ltd and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, said: “Over the last 20 years there have been significant improvements in gender representation in the workplace. Our hope is that the impact of COVID-19 does not cause this progression to falter. As businesses organise themselves for a different kind of future, there is an imperative to realise women’s potential in the workplace. The broad and deep talent pool in the UK still exists.”

Highlighting a ready talent pool

The 2020 Women to Watch supplement includes eminent women such as Stella Okeahialam MBE, Deputy Director – Department for International Trade, Julia Strauss, CEO of Sweaty Betty, Tracey Clements, Chief Operating Officer, Boots UK & ROI, Rt Hon Justine Greening, former Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Kate Stanners, Chairwoman and Global Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, Adrienne Kelbie, CEO for the Office for Nuclear Regulation, Sarah Ebanja, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and Deborah Armstrong, Senior VP National Geographic and the Walt Disney Company EMEA.

The Women to Watch supplement was introduced by Cranfield University’s Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre in 2009.