The gender pay gap row at the BBC is a serious reputational issue for DG Tony Hall. Can he convince stakeholders that the Corporation is serious about closing the gap?


After a challenging few months  I now dread waking up to news of disasters, but I am taking heart from seeing the active leadership of impressive women. I’ve written before about women leaders using their female skills to lead effectively  but there is still a big leadership gap. There’s a lot of research showing that […]

A common issue for what feels like a lot of women. Charged with business development.  Very unhappy with this.  Why? Much has been written about men and women’s attitude to negotiation for payrises.  Less on the difference in this key area.  We know that the ‘old boy’s club’ still has an impact.  According to a […]

Cressida Dick takes her place as the new Comissioner In the end, it wasn’t a sudden smash, more a gradual crumbling of the ceiling. The progress of women in top jobs has been steady but sure over the past couple of years. And so far in 2017 it feels like it’s reached new levels. Theresa […]

“These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane?”  The New Yorker Am I the only person who is thoroughly depressed with their New Year social media feed? At every turn I am assaulted by hand-wringing posts and articles predicting the end of days .  But […]

For American readers – the term ‘Award Season’ summons images of movie stars doing the Oscar catwalk in the sunshine.  We do have a London version  – featuring celebrities freezing in flimsy dresses huddling under umbrellas bringing the traffic to a halt. But for us lesser mortals, award season means one thing.  As winter kicks […]

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Few expected Theresa May to become Prime Minister.  She always had the ambition, reportedly telling her friends when at Oxford as an undergraduate that she wanted the top job.  But she didn’t look likely to succeed Cameron. Painted as a rather dull detail freak with no social skills, during her leadership campaign she described herself […]

Robots could be the unlikely weapon not just putting women in the Boardroom but keeping them there.  The shortage of a good pipeline of women for senior roles is well documented. Research suggests this is in part due to the time and energy-sapping demands facing women to manage domestic life as well as their careers.  […]