Scottish Canals has become the latest public body to meet the First Minister’s recent call for all boards in Scotland to achieve a 50:50 gender split by 2020.
Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham today (Thursday) joined the Scottish Canals Board and Management Team at the Falkirk Wheel.
Dr Deborah Benson and Cathie Bankier have been appointed to the board following a recruitment exercise encouraging applications from a wider range of people bringing more diverse experience.
It follows First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call at the end of June for companies, third sector organisations and public sector bodies to make a commitment that by 2020, 50 per cent of their board members will be women.
Fair Work Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham said:
“This Government has shown that we are leading the way in making major and lasting progress towards true gender equality. Diversity throughout a company or organisation gives that body a much wider understanding of staff, business partners and customers or clients.
“The wider the pool of experience you draw from, the more possibilities you are likely to consider. I am really keen to hear from both Scottish Canals’ Board and Management Team what their experience has been so far and the ambitions for the future.
“Like the waterways and iconic landmarks like The Falkirk Wheel, Scottish Canals’ staff are a valuable resource and I am delighted to join them to celebrate becoming one of our 50:50 boards.”
90 per cent of Scotland’s public bodies, 45 organisations in the third sector and 18 private companies have now signed up to meet the Partnership for Change commitment by 2020.