Currently there are more bosses called Andrew (eight) than there are women (six) in the UK’s top firms
Lack of diversity in the UK’s top job-holders isn’t a new thing, but research from workwear manufacturer Stormline has revealed just how homogenous that the UK’s boardrooms. They’ve crunched the numbers of the top 100 UK companies to come up with a UK boss archetype.
This boss archetype cuts a predictable figure:
Name : Andrew
Ethnicity : White British
Age : 54 (almost 55)
Education : Non-elite British university
Infographic Source : Stormline
If you’re one of the 380,000** people who work for the following companies, your boss is called Andrew (or Andy).
Andrew Witty - CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
Andy Hornby - chief executive, Gala Coral Group
Andy Harrison - CEO, Whitbread
Andy Parker - chief executive Capita
Andy Street - managing director John Lewis
Andy Long - CEO of Pentland Group (the chairman is Andy Rubin)
Andrew Goodsell - CEO, Acromas Holdings (Saga Group & The AA)
Andrew Mackenzie - CEO, BHP Billiton (Andrew went to the University of St. Andrews, obviously).
In fact, there are currently more Andrews (eight) than women (six) in the UK’s top jobs.
But that’s set to change in January 2016 as Alison Brittain is set to take over from Andy Harrison as CEO of Whitbread. This will make the Andrew:all women ratio 7:7 and will mean two of the seven top women bosses are called Alison.
The names Andrew or Andy, James, John, Peter, Ian, Mark or Marc or Richard represent 32% of all UK bosses at top firms.
While female names currently represent just 6% of bosses: Alison (Cooper, Imperial Tobacco), Melissa (Potter, Clarks Shoes), Lindsey (Pownall, Samworth Brothers) Theresa (T.J Morris), Anna (Stewart, Laing O’Rourke) and Veronique (Laury, Kingfisher PLC) representing female CEOs.