Engineering a brighter future: Female manufacturers on life at the top and attracting young talent

While 2014 saw all of Britain’s leading manufacturers have at least one female director on board, a recent EEF study urged firms to do more to tackle the industry’s outdated “dirty and unglamorous” image. As such, we asked four female manufacturers about the gender divide in the industry – and discovered how crucial it was to nurture talent from classroom to boardroom.

Supporting diversity: Which battles do you fight?

There are many groups and campaigns to promote women in all aspects of their lives: to increase their participation in education; sport and exercise; to run their own businesses; to study science and technology; to rise to the top of their organisation and lead the way and to feel confident when taking a career break for caring responsibilities either for children or aging relatives. Importantly, we know we need to work on these challenges at a global level.