Acevo's boardroom proposals spurned

Leading UK businesses have snubbed calls from Acevo to put charity sector chiefs on their company boards as non-executive directors, a year after the Government-backed Tyson Report urged greater boardroom diversity.

A recent study by Income Data Services showed no sign of greater diversity on boards, with women still comprising only 11 per cent of FTSE non-executive directors.

Acevo chief executive Stephen Bubb received only one reply to a letter to the top 250 FTSE companies, asking if any steps had been taken to widen recruitment, and whether any companies were interested in voluntary sector chief executives as potential non-executive directors. The company asked not to be contacted again.

Bubb criticised the Government for failing to collect any information on whether companies have recruited directors from the not-for-profit sector. "Independent registers are fragmented, small and of little interest to business. Headhunters are not having the impact Laura Tyson hoped for," said Bubb.

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