We all need access to good resources in our personal and professional lives. It’s no different when you are seeking to add boards to your career plan or already serving as a director on one or more organisations. The following resources are designed to improve women’s director education, networks and access to opportunities.

Browse the links to access the following topics:

  • Advocacy on diversity.
  • Director courses
  • Recommend articles and books to read.
  • Specialist services (including CV Development)

The reference materials include guidance for NEDs and trustees from the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, the FRC and the Charity Commission.

Selected Reading contains articles and books that provide key strategic insights, useful tips and information in a range of areas.

Reports section provides access to a wide range of global research reports in three areas of interest:

  • Boards:  Research into boardrooms and corporate governance;
  • Careers: Research into factors affecting women’s career success, from mentoring and sponsorship to choice of profession;
  • Diversity: Research into gender diversity and female economic empowerment across all sectors.


Gender equality in Malta –

European Commission’s annual report for 2014


Board Effectiveness: Continuing the Journey

EY and The Investment Association, April 2015

This report aims to pinpoint leading practice and new ideas for improving and demonstrating board effectiveness under eight headings including: the role of the Chairman; the role of non-executive directors; progress on board diversity and the role of investors in board effectiveness.


International Reports

  • 2015 CWDI Report on Women Directors of Fortune Global 200: 2004-2014


UK Government Reports

  • Women on boards Reports UK -25 March 2015 fourth annual review




  • Linchpin: Men, Middle Managers and Gender Inclusive Leadership
    Professor Elizabeth Kelan, Cranfield University School of Management, September 2015
    This report looks at the permafrost of middle management and suggests four key approaches to gender inclusive leadership:- celebrating and encouraging women – calling out bias – championing and defending gender initiatives – challenging working practices
  • The Female FTSE Board Report 2015: Putting the UK Progress into a Global Perspective
    Cranfield University School of Management
    The final update on the Lord Davies report challenge of getting to 25% women on FTSE boards by 2015 is in. Targets accompanied by exposure and peer pressure have delivered good progress across the FTSE350 – at least as far as non executive directors go. But much remains to do, in particular increasing the % of female executive directors which remains shockingly low at 8.6% in the FTSE100 and 4.6% in the FTSE250.
  • Opening the Black Box of Board Appointments
    Scarlett Brown, Elizabeth Kelan, Anne Laure Humbert, Kings College London, March 2015
    Thirty highly-qualified candidates aiming for FTSE100 or FTSE250 boards were interviewed three times over an 18-month period to investigate similarities and differences between the experiences of the male and female candidates. One of the most striking: “Men get sponsored, women get advice”.
  • The Gender Pay Gap Matters
    Everywoman and the Government Equalities Office
    This leaflet outlines the facts of the gender pay gap in the UK.  What is it, why does it matter and what you can do about it.
  • Gender Balance in Global Sport Report
    The Gender Balance in Global Sport Report delivers a baseline dataset on the participation of women on sports governing bodies in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The report shows that women remain under-represented on the majority of sporting boards at international and national levels. There are few National Olympic or Commonwealth organising committees or sports federations where more than 30 per cent of board members are female, and the average is closer to, or below, 20 per cent. This is despite increasing levels of performance by females in all sporting arenas and the huge role sport plays in the economies and culture of many nations.
  • Foundation Reports
    In 2010, Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch was invited to review how the government could remove obstacles to women making it to the board. The 2010 Female FTSE Board Report by Cranfield University School of Management showed almost no improvement in women’s board participation in the UK’s top 100 companies.

Women on Boards UK

The following resources support you in your journey to the boardroom:


  • The WOB way to the boardroom
  • The top seven reasons why being a director is good for your career
  • Writing a board-ready CV
  • Applying for an NED or trustee role
  • Preparing for a board interview
  • Are you ready for the boardroom?
  • Securing a Board Position – 5 Simple Steps
  • Board meetings
  • The first 90 days
  • The role of the Chair
  • What, exactly, do Directors do? An article by Journalist Lucy Marcus
  • 8 Warning Signs before joining a board
  • Getting On Board: How Executives Can Position Themselves for a Seat at the Table
  • The Guide for Non Executive Directors: what you really need to know… and the small print
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers – challenging unconscious bias to advance women
  • Korn Ferry Career Playbook
  • Can women have it all?
  • 40:40:20 for Government boards and committees
  • Why women are good for business
  • Gender diversity on the FTSE