Legacy events

A programme of 'legacy events' has been developed, which is aimed at our students, staff, alumni, employers, policy makers and women at different stages of their career. The aim of these legacy events is to maintain a focus on this important debate, advance knowledge and understanding of gender issues in the workplace, share good practice and to inspire and enable women across different professions to aspire to leadership roles.

Realising women's potential - voluntary measure or quotas? Lessons from the European experience

Tuesday 26 March 2013 Hong Kong University - in partnership with Oxford Brookes University
Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, at Oxford Brookes University will deliver a seminar at Hong Kong University to students, staff and representatives from the corporate sector. This will focus on the strategies adopted by different European countries to promote female leadership and achieve greater gender diversity on company boards within the framework of the European Gender Equality Strategy.

Stepping Forward, Looking Back: Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in conversation with Shabana Mahmood MP

March 2013

Professor Janet Beer explored the contribution of women's activism and its legacy for future generations with Shabana Mahmood - MP for Birmingham Ladywood, one of the first Asian Muslim women elected to parliament. This event took place during the Oxford International Women's Festival.

Mapping EU action on improving the presence of women on the boards: a step-by-step approach until we break the glass ceiling

February 2013

The Vice President of the European Union and Commissioner for Justice Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding gave powerful expression to the theme of women in leadership, when she spoke at Harcourt Hill recently.
The Vice-President addressed an audience of professional women in senior roles, policy makers, academics and students on EU action to increase gender diversity on company boards. She focussed on her proposed directive that will introduce a legally binding quota of 40 per cent of women on non-executive boards of listed companies across Europe by 2020.

Emphasising that ‘nobody will get a job just because they are female, but no woman will be denied a job because she is a woman’, she said that it will be up to the member states to decide what sanctions to apply if listed companies do not comply with the quota requirement.

Reporting on progress in the UK, Professor Susan Vinnicombe, from Cranfield University, who is a member of Lord Davies’ steering group to increase gender diversity on company boards, said that the percentage of women on FTSE 100 company boards has increased to 17.4 per cent.
Since March last year 44.1 per cent of new appointments on company boards in FTSE 100 and 36.4% of new appointments in FTSE 250 companies have gone to women, showing an upward trend.

The Vice-Chancellor chaired a lively panel discussion with Melanie Richards, Senior Partner at KPMG; Sally Rowley-Williams, Chief Executive of Rowley-Williams Ltd; Professor Susan Vinnicombe and Dr Simonetta Manfredi, Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes.

The role of Executive Search Firms in influencing gender diversity on company boards

November 2012 The Athenaeum Club London

Brookes female alumni and staff were invited to attend an event that was held with senior members of executive search firms. Sally Rowley-Williams, who leads Rowley-Williams Limited, chaired a discussion with Virginia Eastman, Consultant at Saxton Bampfylde and Fiona Vickers, Global Sector Leader for Heidrick and Struggles. Panellists discussed their substantial experience of placing women at company board level. They also discussed how senior women from outside the corporate mainstream could be brought into the recruitment process, as recommended by Lord Davies' report, and gave advice to women on how to become board members.

Women and Leadership: What can be done to close the gender gap?

October 2012 Postgraduate Centre Oxford Brookes Business Faculty.

Business students and staff were offered the opportunity to learn from successful women about their career experiences and put their questions to them on how best to develop their future careers. Melanie Richards, Partner in KPMG’s Corporate Finance, Debt Advisory Services, member of KPMG’s UK Board and a member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, spoke about the work that this group is doing to bring more women onto UK corporate boards. Lesley Brook co-founder and director of Brook Graham Ltd, a UK-based global diversity and inclusion consultancy firm, provided an overview of her extensive work helping organisations build their female talent. These presentations were followed by a panel discussion with two successful Brookes alumni: Jo Howard a leadership development consultant and executive coach working with senior teams; and Lou Willcock, co-founder and director of Indicater Ltd (a leading provider of software to the hospitality industry), and winner of a People 1st Mentor of the Year award for her work in developing and launching the Bacchus Mentoring Programme for Brookes’ students.

Ethical Leadership

December 2011, Spark Leadership, London

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, and the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly in conversation about Ethical Leadership, chaired by Professor Janet Beer.