Lack of diversity in the UK’s top job-holders isn’t a new thing, but research from work-wear manufacturer Stormline has revealed just how homogeneous that the UK’s boardrooms. They’ve crunched the numbers of the top* 100 UK companies to come up with a UK boss archetype. Currently there are more bosses called Andrew (eight) than there are women (six) in the UK’s top firms.
This boss archetype cuts a predictable figure:
Ethnicity: White British
Age: 54 (almost 55)
Education: Non-elite British university
But that’s set to change in January 2016 as Alison Brittain is set to take over from Andy Harrison as CEO of Whitbread. This will make the Andrew:all women ratio 7:7 and will mean two of the seven top women bosses are called Alison.
The names Andrew or Andy, James, John, Peter, Ian, Mark or Marc or Richard represent 32% of all UK bosses at top firms. While female names currently represent just 6% of bosses: Alison (Cooper, Imperial Tobacco), Melissa (Potter, Clarks Shoes), Lindsey (Pownall, Samworth Brothers) Theresa (T.J Morris), Anna (Stewart, Laing O’Rourke) and Veronique (Laury, Kingfisher PLC) representing female CEOs.
If you’re one of the 380,000 people who work for the following companies, your boss is called Andrew (or Andy):
Andrew Witty – CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
Andy Hornby – chief executive, Gala Coral Group
Andy Harrison – CEO, Whitbread
Andy Parker – chief executive Capita
Andy Street – managing director John Lewis
Andy Long – CEO of Pentland Group (the chairman is Andy Rubin)
Andrew Goodsell – CEO, Acromas Holdings (Saga Group & The AA)
Andrew Mackenzie – CEO, BHP Billiton (Andrew went to the University of St. Andrews, obviously).
Interestingly, the results found that:
14% of all top UK bosses went to Oxford or Cambridge
28% were educated overseas
21% went to non-elite universities in the UK, including Nottingham University, Bradford, Loughborough and Cardiff
6% went to elite, non-Oxbridge UK universities
*Top companies refers to 50 largest private and 50 largest public companies in Britain, based on number of employees as of 2014.