Just over a third of the largest charities are now led by women

01 Sep 2021 News

The number of women leading the country’s largest charities has risen by seven percentage points since 2019.

However, women still represent just one in three chief executives at the 100 biggest charities by income, according to data released today.

The analysis was conducted for the September issue of Charity Finance magazine, which is published by Civil Society Media.

A third of leaders are women

Women now make up 36% of chief executives at the largest charities, compared with 29% two years ago.

This includes Michelle Mitchell and Hilary McGrady, who lead Cancer Research UK and the National Trust, two of the three biggest charities in the UK.

The median average pay for female leaders on the list is £175,000, slightly higher than for the top 100 chief executives as a whole.

Charity Finance asks for salary figures in a biennial survey of leaders at the largest 100 charities. For those who do not provide their salary, we use the data published in the charity's latest financial accounts.

New data

The salary amounts in the data include bonuses but exclude pension contributions.

Full analysis of leadership at the UK's largest charities is published today in the September issue of Charity Finance Magazine, out today.

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