Published: 29th Oct 2019

Board diversity matters. Indisputably, as Simon Blake, deputy chair at Stonewall, wrote in our November 2018 CT Brief: ‘Diversity brings strength and creativity.’ He added: ‘Diverse boards bring different viewpoints and experience, helping to manage risk effectively.’ Collective recognition of the inherent value of diversity is changing board recruitment. Although there is some way to go for many organisations, there is every prospect that boards of the future will be much more diverse. But is amassing a collection of individuals with diverse characteristics enough to allow organisations to realise the benefits of diverse boards? Professor John Carver wrote about boards as incompetent groups of competent people. This is often used as a shorthand for the fact that we must not – in our laudable rush to populate boards with highly skilled people – lose sight of ensuring that the board becomes more than the sum of its parts. In other words, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)