The Department for Business, Education & Skills has announced the results of a review of women on FTSE 100 boards, the latest of the six-monthly assessments made under the 2011 Davies Review of Women on Boards.  The figures show that: 

  • representation on FTSE 100 boards has increased from 20.7% in March to 22.8% this month  
  • the percentage of women on 250 boards has gone up from 15.6 to 17.4  
  • there are no all-male boards in the FTSE 100 (as of July 2014)  
  • 20 more FTSE 250 boards have appointed at least one woman since March but 28 all-male boards (listed in the BIS Press Release) remain.

The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has also said he is preparing to launch a review into the lack of ethnic minority directors in UK boardrooms.  The Lib Dems website has announced that Dr Cable is in discussions with Trevor Phillips, former Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and Lenny Henry about starting a new voluntary campaign, similar to the Davies Review, which will address the topic of ethnic diversity in business.