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Professor Barbara Allan comments on the diversity of boards

14 April 2015

In our latest MBA Tuesday Club event Professor Barbara Allan, Dean of Westminster Business School, gave a talk on the current picture and research on the value of diverse boards.

During her talk, Professor Barbara Allan commented on relevant topics such as:

  • the role of boards
  • research and diversity
  • the business case for diversity in membership
  • current status of women in executive leadership across the globe
  • challenges and strategies in promoting women into executive positions
  • mentoring and networking for women aspiring to leadership positions

According to Barbara, there is a very strong business case for diverse boards, as this is not only an ethical matter, but also helps companies to achieve better performance. Her talk also drew attention to the fact that less than one in every 10 businesses have a women as a CEO.

Watch the full presentation:

About Professor Barbara Allan

Professor Barbara Allan is a Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Westminster Business School, which is a research-engaged and professionally focused business school. Her research interests include women and leadership, and also the role of e-mentoring in supporting professional development.

Her background is varied and includes working in the construction and computing industries. Barbara previously worked in a variety of roles at the universities of Birmingham, Hull, Lincoln and Leeds Metropolitan, as well as many years with the Open University. For a number of years, she ran a successful professional development business with clients across the UK and Europe. This business was one of the early innovators in providing e-learning and e-mentoring support for a diverse range of organisations. Barbara has worked on a number of boards in both the voluntary and public sector.

She holds a Doctorate and Master's in Education from the University of Sheffield, an MA in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Hull, and an MSc in Information Science from City University.

Read Barbara Allan's posts on the Westminster Business School blog.


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