Fiona Hathorn: Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women on Boards


The joint founder and managing director of Women on Boards UK explains how the organisation is supporting and preparing women to take on trustee roles.
One of the biggest challenges for women considering applying for trustee roles is that most board positions are not publicly advertised. Aside from government organisations and/or publicly funded organisations, such as the Environment Agency, HMRC, the Big Lottery Fund and UK Sport, most board positions are never advertised. Instead, trustee roles are recruited through word of mouth: friends, family and contacts in the sector. Who does the CEO know? Who do the trustees know? Organisations such as the NHS may use a head hunter or advertise roles in the papers, but most promote the positions through people they know.
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