The ‘Breaking the Mould Awards’ were established last year by a group of business leaders committed to getting more women into boardrooms and to celebrate those companies doing the most to create a pipeline of female leaders of the future. We are shortlisted in the FTSE 100 section alongside Centrica, Lloyds Banking Group and Vodafone.
The judges, who included Sir Roger Carr, President of the CBI, were impressed by our clear focus on working towards building a sustainable pipeline of women leaders at all levels of management, effective initiatives that promote talented women and the Company’s commitment to working in partnership with Government, academia and other engineering companies to encourage more girls and young women to consider a career in engineering.
Group Human Resources Director, Lynn Minella said: ‘We are honoured to be recognized for the work we’ve done so far, particularly in achieving a more gender-balanced Board. But we know there’s still a lot to be done in supporting women so they are able to fullfill their potential and take full advantage of the opportunities at all levels in the Company.’
Lisa Buckingham OBE, editor of Financial Mail said: ‘The quality of entries has been impressive and it is tremendously encouraging to hear of the array of schemes underway.
‘Our awards not only recognise forward thinking companies with the most creative pipelines but encourage a sharing of best practice so that all companies will see what can be done and in time seek to emulate the very finest of what is being celebrated at these awards. The belief that women will rise to the top without some kind of new corporate thinking no longer exists.
‘I am thrilled at the enthusiasm with which these Awards have been met by businesses, professional service companies and the public sector. I hope others will be encouraged to enter in future years.’
The Awards will be presented at The Institute of Directors on 19 February by Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord Sugar’s former right-hand woman Margaret Mountford.