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Culture is holding women back from reaching the top in financial services

London Canary Wharf

Around 1990 I was appointed to a subsidiary board of the Norwich Union Group (now Aviva) and was one of the first women to become a director there. That much was obvious because, in the hallowed Marble Hall that provided the board room and senior executive offices, there were no facilities for women. And, at my first board meeting, the chairman assumed that I was there to take notes.

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Culture is holding women back from reaching the top in financial services

Around 1990 I was appointed to a subsidiary board of the Norwich Union Group (now Aviva) and was one of the first women to become a director there. That much was obvious because, in the hallowed Marble Hall that provided the board room and senior executive offices, there were no facilities for women. And, at my first board meeting, the chairman assumed that I was there to take notes.