Susan Vinnicombe

Susan Vinnicombe photoProfessor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management, Director of the International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield School of Management. She was a member of the steering group that supported Lord Davies’ review.

Susan's particular research interests are women's leadership styles, the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers and gender diversity on corporate boards.

Her Research Centre is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and the annual Female FTSE 100 Report is regarded as the global premier research resource on women directors.

Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. Her new book, "Women on Corporate Boards of Directors - International Research and Practice" (with R.Burke, D.Bilimoria, M.Husen and V.Singh published by Edward Elgar) was published in 2009. The book reviews the position of women on corporate boards in the USA, Canada, UK, France, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Iceland and Spain.

Susan has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. She has advised the government in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Spain on how to increase the number of women on their corporate boards. Susan is regularly interviewed in the press and on the radio and television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences. Susan is the founder judge for Women in the City Awards and judge for Management Today's annual "50 Most Powerful Women", "35 Women Under 35 to Watch", and Future Women of Achievement Awards. She is a Board member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Vice Patron of Working Families, a charity. She is also Visiting Professor of Curtin University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia.

Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen's New Year's Honour List in 2005.

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