I have worked in financial recruitment for over 15 years with the main focus being recruiting at Financial Controller level. Over the last 5 years I have enjoyed working more closely with advisors and investors which has resulted in a shift towards also recruiting for Finance Directors and CFO’s. It is this that has given me a real insight into female representation in the top financial management roles.
What I have seen is that women are well represented in middle management level shortlists for finance roles, but their representation drops significantly for board level positions. The contrast is alarming. Here are some facts and figures that demonstrate the issues taken from campaigns that I have recently worked on:
What I have seen has led me to believe that this has either become an issue in recent years or that there is an issue that many women are not progressing to FD / CFO level roles.
Since establishing Pratap Partnership (a business with 75% female representation) this subject has piqued my interest more and more during my working cycle of speaking with advisers, boards and candidates. Individuals within our business are engaged with the subject in their own ways. Our Managing Partner works with the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) who are one of the most authoritative voices on all Equality, Diversity and Inclusion employment issues in the UK. Our Chairman is on the board of Forward Ladies - an organisation that aims to empower women in business.
There are so many different perspectives on this subject. In the ‘Women in Finance’ area of our website we will bring you the stories and perspectives from some of the already successful women leaders in finance in our region as well as from some of those who are fast, progressing up the career ladder.
We have known Lindsey since she moved to Yorkshire and have built up a great relationship as her reputation has grown. It was great to spend some time with her and to find out what pulled her from the United States to South Yorkshire.
Part 3 of our articles focuses on the thoughts of some of our regions best private sector finance leaders, to understand what's creating the increased demand for strong technical accountants within the Yorkshire region.
Lyndsey is a Director at Brown Butler Chartered Accountants and a really close friend of our partners.
With the unprecedented rise in demand for technically strong accountants for the 2nd part of our articles we have spent some time talking to some of the best technical accountants who have made the move to industry across the region
The candidate pool of technically strong financial accounts is falling short of the demand by as wide a margin as we have seen in 20 years.