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Webcast urges women across Highlands and Islands to consider board places

04 May 2015

Women across the Highlands and Islands are being urged to think positively about applying to join boards of businesses, public bodies and third sector organisations.

Changing the Chemistry – an independent organisation with charitable status which promotes diversity on boards – is running a live webcast from Inverness on Thursday 14 May at 6.30pm to encourage more women to consider putting themselves forward for board membership.

‘Women on Board – Quality through Diversity’ has been organised by Changing the Chemistry in collaboration with Women on Boards and the Institute of Directors, and with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Women in the Inverness area will be able to attend the one-hour event in person at the city’s Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road. Admission is free.

Across the region, others can link in from their own computers, where they’ll be able to see and hear all the participants and submit questions and comments.

Those taking part include HIE Chairman, Professor Lorne Crerar; Tanya Castell, who is on the Advisory board of Women on Boards and Chair of Changing the Chemistry; Jennifer Stevenson from Changing the Chemistry, and  Sheila Campbell-Lloyd from the Institute of Directors

Said Tanya Castell, Chair of Changing the Chemistry:

“This is a great opportunity for women to find out more about the range of opportunities which exist to join boards, and we hope that as many as possible will come along or join us online.

“There’s a great deal of evidence to show that increasing board diversity improves the performance of organisations and thereby benefits the wider economy.

“In 2015, women remain under-represented on boards across Scotland, which is why organisations like HIE have signed up to the Scottish Government’s ’50:50 by 2020’ initiative, committing themselves to gender equality on their boards within five years.

“Through this event, we aim to reach women who could make a contribution to a wide variety of organisations, including those who would perhaps not previously have considered applying. 

“We’ll show why more women should be considering board roles, how their experience could be relevant, what the benefits are, and why diversity matters. We’ll also cover the range of board opportunities which are available, and outline different sources of support available to women who wish to be considered for these positions.”

Although the event is free, places are limited and must be booked in advance. Details are on the HIE website at www.hie.co.uk/womenonboard

Notes to editors

Changing the Chemistry (CtC) is a Scottish-based voluntary peer support network that seeks to improve board effectiveness and quality through diversity of thought   Evidence shows that increasing board diversity improves the performance of organisations and can thereby also benefit the wider economy. 
Founded in 2011, Changing the Chemistry is a charitable organisation which offers guidance and development opportunities to individuals from currently under-represented groups in the boardroom who aspire to secure non-executive/trustee board positions.  Its unique approach is that members help each other, volunteering their time and skills in a peer-to-peer support network that provides targeted advice, coaching, 1-2-1 help and other support.  The group helps members develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to secure non-executive/trustee board positions; ensuring that they are an asset to the boards they sit on, and organisations they represent. 
With a growing membership of over 130, CtC has so far helped fill more than 35 board roles across all three sectors and wide ranging in size and reach.

Find out more at: www.changingthechemistry.co.uk


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