Management Today, the Women’s Business Council and Sky unveil their Agents of Change

Agents of Change

Management Today and the Women’s Business Council have unveiled their 2019 Agents for Change.

The organisations have come together to highlight 30 male business leaders who are fighting for equality in the workplace.

The list features male leaders from companies such as Deloitte, RBS, PwC, Sky, Marks & Spencer, Dell Technologies, LinkedIn, Greggs and FDM Group.

This year’s Agents of Change include Stephen Mercer, Head of technology consulting, Deloitte; Warren Richards, Head of group parts operations, Volkswagen UK; Gavin Makel, Head of women’s football, Manchester City Football Club; Stephen Frost, CEO, Frost Included; David Hynam, CEO, Bupa UK; and Sulaiman Khan, Founder and chief purpose officer, ThisAbility.

Also on the list was Sir Philip Hampton, Chair of Hampton-Alexander Review. Sir Philip Hampton leads the independent, business-led initiative, which aims to increase the number of women on FTSE 350 boards by the end of 2020.

Speaking about Sir Philip’s achievements, Dame Cilla Snowball, former group chief executive of AMV BBDO and chair of the government-backed, Women’s Business Council said, “Sir Philip has established a focus and a framework for women to advance on boards and rightly priorities the future pipeline.”

“No one campaigns more visibily, more thoughtfully or more supportively.”

This year’s Agents of Change list was judged by Dame Cilla Snowball; Daniele Fiandaca, co-founder of Utopia; Wendy Hallett, MD of Hallett Retail Services; Rick Lee, chief human resources officer at Willmott Dixon; Richard Robinson, managing partner at Econsultancy; and Kate Bassett, head of content at Management Today.

Speaking to Management Today, Dame Cilla Snowball said, “The global pay gap will take more than 200 years to close.”

“We cannot wait that long.”

“Men in positions of power have a vital role to play in driving societal and economic change.”

“Men of quality back equality.”

Chris Stylianou, COO of Sky UK and Ireland, added, “It’s the collective responsibility of male leaders to lead by example when it comes to driving gender parity.”

“Everyone benefits from a more diverset workforce.”

Click here to view the full 2019 Agents of Change list.

Alison Simpson
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