"Male directors of British companies still vastly outnumber female ones, but things could soon change thanks to the efforts of pioneers such as these. Kate Youde reports on gender imbalance in the boardroom."
|Link to The Independent|
"Sheila King, Group retail leasing director at Hammerson"
"This is the woman to thank for introducing fashion brands such as Hollister and Forever 21 to this country. Hammerson runs nine UK shopping centres – from Aberdeen to Southampton – and it is her job to ensure the right mix of retailers. 'I love my job; it's like a hobby,' says the businesswoman, 51, who lives in Mayfair, London. She joined Hammerson in 1994. 'It's really fun if you like shopping, and retail's always changing.'
"She always wanted to go into land management, having been influenced by her architect father while growing up in Derbyshire, and she studied the subject at Reading University. Ms King welcomed Judy Gibbons's appointment as a non-executive director last year. 'Shopping is a very female thing, and you do need that element influencing development and investment in property'."
From Hammerson web site:
Assistant Director, Development"
"I manage all the commercial aspects of major mixed-use regeneration schemes from the beginning stages of initial planning, feasibility studies and community consultation to legal aspects, site assembly and design."Hammerson is very rigorous in its approach, investing a lot of time and paying a lot of attention to detail to ensure we are doing the right thing. Development is not only a collaborative process, but also very complex and constantly evolving with more emphasis placed on the ambience and quality of living."