Balance on the Board - Baroness Virginia Bottomley

Sept. 22, 2017 08:00 - 09:30


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In today's business world boards are increasingly in a fishbowl of scrutiny from investors, the media, non-governmental organizations and so on. The problems that boards face are complex and require consideration from multiple angles - having directors from very diverse backgrounds helps identify the various risks, consequences and implications of possible actions. 

In the UK, there are now 7 female FTSE 100 Chief Executive Officers and 26% female Non-Executive Directors currently serving on FTSE 100 boards. There has been a transformation in the gender balance of major corporate entities and a growing demand for female talent.  However, board diversity is not merely about a gender balance, there is also a growing demand for non-traditional board functions, such as Marketing and IT. More and more companies are recognising the need to have people with experience in these fields present on the board.

Join us for breakfast to hear directly from Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Head of Board Practice for Odgers Berndtson on what benefits companies can expect from a diverse board, how to find and attract good people, and what businesses can do to ensure board independence and good governance.

About the Speaker:

Virginia chairs the Board Practice at Odgers Berndtson, the UK number one executive search company. The Practice conducts searches for Chairs, Chief Executives and Non-Executive Directors of commercial businesses and public bodies.

As part of her pro-bono activities Virginia is a Trustee of The Economist Newspaper,  and Chancellor of the University of Hull.

She is an NED at Smith & Nephew and a member of the International Advisory Council of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co (Japan). She stepped down from the boards of BUPA after 6 years and AkzoNobel NV after 12 years.

Virginia was an MP in the House of Commons for 21 years from 1984. She was the 8th Woman in the British Cabinet holding several Ministerial positions under both the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major. She was Minister for Health from 1989-92 and Secretary of State for Health from 1992-95.  In 2005 she was appointed a member of the House of Lords taking the title Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone DL.

Following her first degree, Virginia gained her MSc in Social Administration from the London School of Economics.  She has honorary degrees from the University of Portsmouth and Aston University.  She is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Surrey and a Freeman of the City of London.

Married to Sir Peter Bottomley MP, they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Virginia and her husband, Peter, have a long standing commitment to promoting diversity in the work place, politics and the community.



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The Peninsula Tokyo 3F The Grand Ballroom
1-8-1 Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

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