Fewer women than men enter private equity and only a small proportion progress to take on leadership roles. We believe that increased participation by women, especially in leadership positions, will lead to improved and sustained investment performance. Many studies have shown a correlation between gender diversity in senior teams and higher returns on equity in quoted companies. We see no reason why private equity should be different. In the study we undertook with the BVCA in 2018 only 6% of senior investment roles in GP firms were held by women.
Our aim is to increase the number of women in the industry and we have set the target of 20% of senior roles to be held by women.
We are delighted to have won financial support from over 55 private equity firms, who are all making efforts to improve the gender representation in their organisations.