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.


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

Baroness (Simone) Finn

Deputy Chief of Staff #10

Dame Elizabeth Corley

NED Morgan Stanley, NED BAE

Vivienne Cox


Annette Court

Chair Admiral, NED Sage

Gill Rider

Chair Pennon Group, NED Intertek

Sir Donald Brydon

Chair Sage

Simon Collins

Chair Decoded, NED MOD

Sharon Thorne

Global Chair Deloitte

Irene Dorner

Chair Taylor Wimpey, NED Rolls Royce

Evelyn Bourke

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

Anne Richards

CEO Fidelity International

Kathryn Parsons

Founder and Co-CEO Decoded, NED BEIS

Sharmila Nebhrajani

Chair NICE, NED Severn Trent, NED BT

Rupert Gavin

Chair Historic Royal Palaces

Dominic Schofield

Board and CEO Services UK, KornFerry

The 25×25 Support Team

Tara Cemlyn-Jones

Director and Coordinator

Tara Cemlyn-Jones, a fintech specialist and former investment banker, founded 25 x 25 having coordinated the initiative with over 200 corporates (including ca. 90% of the FTSE100) and 500 expert individuals since March 2020.

Dame Inga Beale


Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyd’s of London, is a workplace equality advocate and British businesswoman who is now chair of a FTSE250 company and sits on various Boards in a non-executive capacity.

Kerry Dryburgh


Kerry Dryburgh is the EVP of people & culture and Chief People Officer at bp. In addition to her work at bp, she is committed to equity and social mobility and is a Commissioner of Levelling Up Goals.