After a year of stagnation, the percentage of women on FTSE 100 boards has risen to almost 28% (27.7%).
Over the past 12 months, turnover of board directors has been low (12.5%), but the proportion of new appointments going to women has hit the target of at least 1:3.
This means that we could be within reach of 33% women on FTSE 100 boards by 2020 as long as the momentum is maintained.
Progress continues also on the FTSE 250 which has risen to almost 23% (22.8%). Here there needs to be a greater push in order to meet the target of 33% by 2020.
The percentage of women holding FTSE 100 non-executive (NED) positions is at an all-time high of 33.3%, but the percentage of women holding executive directorships remains low at just under 10%.
This year six women hold chair positions and a further 14 hold Senior Independent Directorships on the FTSE 100. Moreover, more women hold multiple directorships this year with 14.2% holding two and 9.7% holding three positions. The respective comparisons for men are 12.3% and 6.8%.