WISTA UK members were urged to improve their leadership and management skills in a bid to improve on the 10% of females at board level in the country’s industry.
Nearly 50 members heard presentations on non-executive directorships (NEDs) at a meeting sponsored by Gard UK.
Fiona Harthorn of Women on Boards called for more transparency in the recruitment of women at the highest level but also challenged females to build more career resilience and to gain confidence, even if they had taken a career break.
Giving some practical advice, Paul Butterworth of head hunter Odgers said the covering letter was all important and he urged WISTA UK members to use their networks effectively.
Mairéad Ní Cheóinín, from Seafarers UK, who serves as a NED, regaled the audience with her experiences which she said were positive. She urged WISTA Uk members to be persistent as the first attempt may not be successful.