The demand for high quality women to join Boards has never been higher.

Whether driven by the reality of quotas (as in markets like France), the pressure to reach voluntary targets (as in the UK, following the Davies Report) or simply the conviction that more diverse teams would enhance effectiveness, Chairmen are focused on increasing the number of women on their Boards.

This is an issue on which MWM has long been focused, having been involved in the appointment of nearly 15% of the women on FTSE 100 Boards, as well as being pivotal in the development of the executive search industry’s Code of Conduct on gender diversity, developed in response to the Davies Report.

In addition, in 2009 we launched our Women for Boards initiative, aimed at helping rising female talent to secure their first Board roles on FTSE 250 or FTSE 350 companies.

As part of this, we have built a database of high-quality, high-potential women who are ready to take on their first Non-Executive role, developed through an extensive process of research and recommendations. The database includes women with exceptional experience and backgrounds in business and in other areas such as consulting, accountancy, the law, charity and government, and is continuously updated as new candidates are identified.