Fairness is a core theme for us here at the Work Foundation. We believe it’s one of the key things that underpins ‘Good Work’ and we’re passionate about supporting fairness for everyone.

Recently, building on our work programme around gender, we have had the pleasure of working closely with the people at Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF) and Lancaster University, to develop an exciting Thought Leadership programme. This is intended to provide new insight, inform opinion and shape future policy and actions around gender related issues with the aim of driving more inclusive working practices and advancing employment opportunities for all.

WIBF was established in 1980 to encourage and support women in the industry and the Thought Leadership programme is their most recent demonstration of a commitment to this aim.

The programme was launched at a breakfast event, hosted by Barclays, in Canary Warf last month (September) and it brought together members of the WIBF that span the banking and finance world, as well as representatives of the Work Foundation. Attendees got to hear, in more detail, about the Thought Leadership programme and how they could get involved directly with the work.

The first piece of work from the programme, the Missing Middle, is concerned with getting to grips with why women appear to under-represented in middle management and what can be done to address this. The Work Foundation are hugely excited to be leading on this project and very proud to be able to work with the pioneering organisations that support WIBF and the Thought Leadership programme more generally.

Watch this space for more updates!


About the author

Tifany Battersby

Senior Policy Advisor, Work Foundation