Female bosses locked out of boardrooms, Cranfield School of Management study shows

“With the number of executive women actually falling in the FTSE 250, it is clear to me that there is very little effective and collaborative leadership happening in the UK, regardless of the number of women on the board,” said Fiona Hathorn of the networking organisation Women on Boards UK.

Britain’s biggest companies have been warned they face an acute shortage of female executives ready to step up to chair their boards after repeatedly failing to increase the number of women holding the most senior jobs.

Only 9.7% of executives on FTSE 100 boards are women, according to a report to be released this week by the Cranfield School of Management. It is the fourth consecutive year in which the figure has flatlined.

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