We are a UK corporate-led initiative

Founded by our sponsors and members, we hope all UK corporates and public bodies will join us.

With a directional target of 25 women CEOs in the FTSE100 by 2025 and 25% of the FTSE thereafter, the framework developed applies to all UK business.

Who we are

Funded by its sponsors and members paying an annual membership fee, 25×25 has been established as a not-for-profit support infrastructure for members.

The initiative also counts on its Ambassadors who have been active in their engagement with corporates and other organisations about the need for this collective endeavour and the introduction of the 25×25 framework.

AIMS

Our focus is on the CEO, or equivalent role, and pathways to CEO over five years.

Currently there are only 9 women CEOs in the FTSE100 and a lack of women in senior executive roles.

The 25×25 framework, developed in consultation with ca. 200 corporates including 90% of the FTSE100, proposes processes and best practices and places accountability on the leadership team, starting with the CEO.

 

The 25×25 framework

Best practice processes

General Ambassadors

Dame Alison Carnwath

NED EG, Coller Capital, Paccar, BASF, Zurich Insurance

Helge Lund

Chair bp, Chair Novo Nordisk

Dame Elizabeth Corley

Chair Schroders, NED BAE, Morgan Stanley

Baroness Simone Finn

NED Cabinet Office

Paula Rosput Reynolds

Chair, National Grid, SID bp, NED GE

Simon Collins

NED RAF, NED MOD, former Chair KPMG

Tim Score

Chair British Land, Deputy Chair Pearson, NED Bridgepoint

Sharon Thorne

Global Chair Deloitte

Dame Vivienne Cox

Chair Victrex, NED GSK

Annette Court

Chair Admiral, NED Sage

Gill Rider

Chair Pennon Group, NED Intertek

Irene Dorner

Chair Taylor Wimpey, former NED Rolls Royce

Ruth Cairnie

Chair Babcock, SID Associated British Foods

Sir Donald Brydon

Former Chair Sage, Chair Tide

Evelyn Bourke

NED Admiral, Marks & Spencer, Bank of Ireland, AJ Bell

Sir Win Bischoff

Chair JP Morgan International

Kathryn Parsons

Founder and Co-CEO Decoded

Dominic Schofield

Managing Partner Board and CEO Practice UK, KornFerry

Sharmila Nebhrajani

Chair NICE, NED Severn Trent, ITV, Halma

Dr Nike Folayan

Chair AFBE-UK

Dame Anne Richards

CEO Fidelity International

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chair Mastercard, Global Chair 30% Club

Rupert Gavin

Prior Chair Historic Royal Palaces, CEO BBC worldwide

Wol Kolade

MD Livingbridge, Deputy Chair NHS England

Roni Savage

CEO, Jomas Associates

Sophie Neary

Group Director Meta UK&I

Board of Directors

Tara Cemlyn-Jones

25×25 CEO

Tara Cemlyn-Jones is a fintech specialist and former investment banker. Tara is also a NED at Crossword Cybersecurity Plc. Tara is committed to improving sustainable ESG practice and measurement.

Paras Anand

25×25 NED

Paras Anand, Chief Investment Officer at Artemis Asset Investment Management, previously Chief Investment Officer Asia-Pacific at Fidelity International based in Singapore. Paras is a long-term sponsor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and sustainable investment.

Simon Collins

25×25 NED

Simon Collins, Chair at Big Technologies and Decoded, previously Chair and Senior Partner at KPMG. Simon is also NED at the Royal Air Force, on the BNP Paribas Advisory Board and supports other tech companies. He is a long-term advocate of gender-balance.

Karin Hoeing

25×25 NED

Group ESG, Culture & Business Transformation Director, BAE Systems, previously at Schlumberger, an oil & gas company, where she was President of Wireline. Karin is also a NED at Smiths Group plc and an expert on organisational culture and transformation.

Tracey McDermott

25×25 NED

Tracey McDermott, Group Head, Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance at Standard Chartered, previously Acting Chief Executive at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  Tracey also chairs the Net Zero Banking Alliance.  She cares deeply about ethics, fairness and social mobility.

Kathryn Parsons

25×25 NED

Kathryn Parsons, founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a technology education company. Kathryn also sits on the advisory board for The Rose Review and was previously NED at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Data Analytics Advisory Board

Simon Collins

25×25 NED

Simon Collins, Chair at Big Technologies and Decoded, previously Chair and Senior Partner at KPMG. Simon is also NED at the Royal Air Force, on the BNP Paribas Advisory Board and supports other tech companies. He is a long-term advocate of gender-balance.

Kathryn Parsons

25×25 NED

Kathryn Parsons, founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a technology education company. Kathryn also sits on the advisory board for The Rose Review and was previously NED at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Raif Jacobs

Non Executive Director

Raif Jacobs is an EIR at Inovia Capital, previously Global CFO at Deliveroo and Head of the EMEA Finance Leadership team at Google. Raif has invested in and advised tech companies for over two decades.

Karima Noren

Non Executive Director

Karima Noren is a Co Founder of The Privacy Compliance Hub. After leaving Google, where she was Head of Emerging Markets, she founded The Legal Pod. Karima is passionate about taking the complicated and making it simpler.

Katie Brewis

Non Executive Director

Katie Brewis is a Commercial Finance Director at Google and champion of sustainability. Outside Google, she works with several organisations on social mobility and addressing climate change.