WILThe Leadership Network’s inaugural event on 12th October entailed a breakfast briefing and panel discussion that included Sir Nigel Rudd, Chairman of BBA Aviation, and Alice Avis, Non-Executive Director of The British Growth Fund. More than 130 senior executive women from industry, government and the not-for-profit sector attended the event.

During the discussion, Sir Nigel noted the trend for women executives who might otherwise have a path to C-Suite roles opting instead for so-called “plural careers”—that is accepting multiple Non-Executive Director roles— making them unavailable for the highest executive positions in their primary career. He commented:

“We have too few top female executives today and the growing tendency for pursuing plural careers does not help matters.”

“The launch of the Leadership Network helps address the need to create and support a sustainable talent pipeline for senior women leaders in business,” said Jenni Hibbert, a Partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and leader of the firm’s Financial Services Practice in the UK. “It is an invitation-only forum for female C-suite leaders and our objective is to offer senior women across all sectors the opportunity to enhance their professional development, exchange ideas and share learning with their peers.”