The Leaders Club

Wednesday 17th March 2021




Breaking Up the Vanilla Boys Club

Trevor Phillips was guest diarist for The Spectator's 6th February edition. His fourth paragraph was particularly interesting:

"Several of the American ‘youngers’ in business, executives in banking, media, management consultancy and the like – careers that would have been unfathomable to previous generations of black workers. But according to research published by Green park, the executive recruitment firm that I chair, they wouldn’t have got past the front door in big British-based companies. For the first time in six years there is not a single black chairman, chief exec or finance director of any FTSE 100 company. Yet these are international enterprises. It takes serious boneheadedness to ignore the talent of 1.2 billion people of African descent; to do so in the year of Black Lives matter is an act of malign genius. I do see why signing up to BLM appeals; it’s easier than actually doing something about diversity. Thanks for taking the knee, guys. But next time forget the virtue-signalling; start to break up the vanilla boys’ club in your boardrooms"

This situation is unacceptable and is a subject that The Leaders Club wants to discuss and debate - the essence of 'Bringing Great Minds Together'.  Join TLC for what should be a lively and vigorous event.

About Trevor Phillips:
Trevor is a writer and television producer. He is the co-founder of data analytics consultancy Webber Phillips and Chairman of Green Park Interim and Executive Search. He is a Times columnist, shortlisted for Comment Writer of the Year in 2020.

He is the Chairman of the global freedom of expression campaign charity Index on Censorship, a Senior Fellow at the Policy Exchange think-tank, and a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society.

Trevor is a non-executive director of AIM-listed behavioural science consultancy Mind Gym, he was the President of the John Lewis Partnership Council until 2018, and is the founding chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

This virtual event is free of charge to OA Registrants and The Leaders Club (TLC) Members. Registrations close Monday 15th March and places are limited. Zoom login details will be sent to registrants by TLC a few days before the event.

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