Women on boards: why joining a board could be the key to career success

Women on boards

he idea started as a New Year’s resolution a few years ago.

The note on my phone read: “Join a board this year”. I had a vague notion that it might be good for my journalism career. But at 28, I had no idea how to become a board member — or even whether I could. After all, the mental image I had of boardrooms being dominated by old white men is backed up by statistics: the average age of directors in the FTSE 150 is over 60, with only 8% coming from BME backgrounds. Just 27.5% are women.