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Number of women trustees at the largest UK charities rises

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Number of women trustees at the largest UK charities rises 2

Governance | Vibeka Mair | 3 Jul 2012

Charity 100 Index boards include increasing numbers of women, but they are falling short in other areas of diversity, according to the Trustee Leadership of the Largest 100 Charities survey published this month.

The survey, which is in its third year, is a biennial look into the make-up of trustee boards on the Charity 100 Index, which tracks income levels of the largest 100 charities in the UK.

It finds that the proportion of women sitting on Charity 100 Index boards has gone up from 31 per cent in 2011 to 33 per cent in 2012, equivalent to an increase in numbers of 6 per cent. On the FTSE100, women account for 15.6 per cent of all board seats; up from 12.5 per cent in 2011.

The six charities that had the biggest year-on-year increase in the proportion of women on their trustee boards were Victim Support; VSO; Nuffield Health; United Church Schools Foundation; Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the National Autistic Society.

The typical profile of a chair on the Charity 100 Index list is male, 62, white, having served 3.6 years.

 

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For the full survey and a comprehensive list of the diversity balance of each 100 Index charity click here.

 

 

Alex Swallow
Founder
Young Charity Trustees
4 Jul 2012

This is a really interesting and important survey and I was very pleased to be able to contribute. The organisation I set up supports young people to be trustees and champions diversity on boards.

It's wonderful to hear that the number of female Trustees on the largest charity Boards is increasing- so much work still to be done though.

Barbara
3 Jul 2012

Hey hey, demographics is kicking in. If you will look at the fact that women in age bracket 30 - 60 are participating more in all spheres of life overall, from business to politics, comparing to their mothers and grandmothers, then it is not surprising that they want to be active and visible in charity world too. We are becoming more present by the sheer rule of maths& stats, there is simply more of us everywhere outside kitchens! You go girls!!!

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