Your Red Dress – Helping Smart Organisations to Attract, Retain and Develop Talented Female Leaders.
Helping Smart Women to Accelerate their Careers to the Next Level.

The case for Change.

  1. There are still organisations in the UK who have ZERO women on their boards and in their Executive and senior leadership teams.
  2. The Lord Davies report ‘Women On Boards’ published in 2011 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/31480/11-745-women-on-boards.pdf )
    set the UK a target; to have 25% of board positions of FTSE 100 companies filled by women by 2015. In the latest update in March 2015, the percentage of women on boards had reached 23.5%. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/415454/bis-15-134-women-on-boards-2015-report.pdf
    Does this mean we have achieved the target?Progress has been mainly achieved through the appointments of female non executive directors; the percentage of which has increased from 15.6% in 2011 to 28.5% in 2015. Whilst non-exec directors provide a creative contribution and improvement to the board by providing dispassionate and objective criticism, they are usually not involved in the day-to-day management of the company. The number of female executive directors has only increased from 5.5% to 8.6%, and the number of female CEOs has remained unchanged at 5%.
  3. Some industries such as Utilities, Engineering, Construction, Rail and Finance are also falling behind as they struggle to appoint women to their Executive and senior leadership teams
  4. Organisations with a higher proportion of women in their top teams have better financial performance; there is input and challenge from a wider range of perspectives.
  5. To retain and attract talented women, we need more talented women at the top. Women are leaving organisations because they perceive that they don’t fit it, won’t make it and being the minority amongst male colleagues may not be attractive to them.


Emma is an inspirational leader, knowledgeable, resourceful, proactive and personable. Adept at grasping new concepts, collaborative in her approach, focused and results orientated. Emma is extremely approachable and provided me with valuable feedback and support.

Eileen Gallagher Careers and Apprenticeship Manager at Southend University Hospital

Emma is a adept leader with an inherent ability to creatively improve processes, people and practices. She is driven and always ensures results are achieved. I have recently engaged Emma to coach and develop a senior member of team. I would highly recommend and endorse Emma.

Namdi Ngoka Deputy Director of HR, Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust

Emma is highly professional with an engaging style which enables her to operate credibly at all levels, from Board members to shop floor staff. Keen to make a difference, she is able to assimilate information quickly, analyse the data and come up with practical, value add solutions and courses of action.

Chris Degg Director of HR - UK Power Networks

I find working with Emma truly inspiring. With the objective of helping women reach their highest potential, Emma shares her experience, wisdom and not forgetting her thought provoking “tool kit” to really inspire and empower you to achieve your goals. I believe she advocates much more than just career development and her passion for making others feel passionate speaks volumes. I am looking forward to further changes in my life during these challenging, yet exciting times.

Jazz Chaggar Talent Acquisition Manager