After its people, data is arguably an organisation’s most valuable asset. According to recent figures, some 90 per cent of all the data in the world has been created in the last two years. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to us given the data driven world we now live in, but what is promising is that companies are increasingly switching on to its strategic and commercial value.
Real Business speaks with some of the country’s most successful women in business to discover what their grievances, motivations and biggest influences are.
The new enhanced voluntary code of conduct for executive search firms, launched 1 July, gives recognition to firms who have been most successful in the recruitment of women to FSTE 350 boards.
A boardroom generally contains a group of people with independent views and different skills assembled with a common purpose. Disputes, arguments and fallings out are inevitable.
The role of a NED on an unlisted board may be quite different from that in listed entities, probably due in part to the dynamics of the ownership structure, the influences imposed by internal and external stakeholders and the composition of the boardroom.
Thomas de Freitas argues against quotas, believing: "what our companies truly need are the very best people who earn their jobs through merit, regardless of whether they are male or female".
The UK has made some great progress in bringing more women to the top levels of business in the last 20 years, but the road to gender equality remains rocky.
Trailblazing businesswoman Dr Liz Nelson, First Women Awards Lifetime Achievement winner in 2011, says that this week's Cranfield research into women's representation in UK boardrooms reinforces the need for formal quotas.