LEPs continue to increase number of women business leaders on LEP Boards
Today, 8 March 2022, is International Women's Day.
LEP Network Chair Mark Bretton marked International Women’s Day 2022 across the network by welcoming the continued increase of women chairs and Chief Executives on LEP Boards against the backdrop of the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurs and its campaign to encourage more institutions to sign up to the Investing in Women Code, and LEPs are already signing up.
LEPs continue to actively seek to increase the number of businesswomen on LEP boards, currently 39% of all LEP chairs are women, with 45% of all LEP Chief Executive posts held by women, the past year alone has seen six out of nine LEP chair appointments won by women.
LEP Chair Mark Bretton said:
“I am encouraged by the progress all LEPs have made in supporting women business leaders and increasing the number of women chairs and Chief Executives to lead their boards. This builds on the previous year’s drive which saw similar levels of businesswomen being appointed to lead LEP boards.
“LEPs are clearly playing their part in increasing the recruitment and appointment of more women business leaders and supporting the commitments in the Alison Rose Review update, including the Investing in Women Code, a targeted campaign to secure increased coverage across all sectors, with LEPs already starting to sign up.
"As part of the drive to reflect the diverse regions they represent, LEPs are constantly working to better target recruitment and encourage more applications from the diverse business communities they serve."