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Atkins sets boardroom gender diversity target for 2015

Consultant Atkins has set a goal for the percentage of its board members who are women to increase from the current 22% to 33% by 2015.

Atkins board chairman Allan Cook said the goal was declared in response to Lord Davies of Abersoch’s call to chairmen to publish their goals in his Women on Boards report, published in February.

“Our Board believes in the benefits of greater gender diversity and is actively supportive of measures to achieve this without putting quotas in place,” Cook said. “Our focus will remain on attracting the right talent and skills irrespective of gender or ethnicity.”

Atkins will implement “action plans” developed by each of the group’s regional management teams to achieve “a significant difference” to the gender balance at a senior level in management and technical roles. Progress will be reported each year.

  • Former business lobby group CBI president Dame Helen Alexander will lead a discussion on women in the boardroom at the NCE Infrastructure Show on 18 October.

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