A Woman's Place in Public Appointments

The study consists of 57 public bodies. Women are an encouraging 40% of the directors or advisory committee members of these bodies.

Press Photograph. Interior. Left to right. Chwarae Teg Agile Nation project participant, Jeff Cuthbert AM, Joy Kent - Chwarae Teg's Chief Executive.

Diversity and public appointments

A Woman’s Place in Public Appointments benchmarks the representation of women in leadership roles in public bodies to which Welsh Ministers make appointments.

A large body of research shows that diversity in leadership results in more effective organisations, more emotionally intelligent leadership, better risk assessment and innovation.

It also allows institutions to better reflect the aspirations of their stakeholders – public funders, students, staff and local communities.

This report was researched and written by Norma Jarboe OBE, Director of Women Count: women-count.org.


— A Woman’s Place in Public Appointments — is the second in a series of reports that document women’s representation in decision-making roles in various sectors. The first, — A Woman’s Place in Academia —, was launched in September 2014.

These reports follow on from our research — A Woman’s Place — that delved into the experience of women in Wales over a period of ten years. They also contribute to the 50/50 by 2020 campaign that aims to see the number of women in decision- making positions across Wales to be a representative 50% by 2020.

A Woman’s Place in Public Appointments indexes each publicly-appointed body in terms of the participation of women as directors, board and committee chairs, chief executives and members of executive teams.

Because of the variety of public bodies, they have been grouped into several categories: Welsh Government Sponsored Bodies, NHS Wales and non-regulated advisory committees and panels. The study also includes information on a small number of Commissioner and other Public Office appointments.

Both nationally and within Wales, the need to increase the diversity of public appointments is a public priority. Such diversity ensures that the boards of public bodies command public confidence by reflecting the people they serve. Targets have been set to make this happen and to monitor progress.

The UK Government has set a target of 50 % women for all new appointments to be achieved by 2015 and the Welsh Government has set a target of 40% of public appointments to be women by 2016.


Download the Executive Summary.

Available as PDF. Currently available only in English.

Executive Summary

Download the full report, includes a Foreword by Dame Rosemary Butler AM, and Joy Kent, Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg.

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