Sue Vinnicombe

Sue Vinnicombe is Professor of Women and Leadership at Cranfield University, UK. She is Vice-Dean of BAM’s College of Fellows and a member of its governance review team. Sue’s research interests focus on the lack of women in leadership, specifically on corporate boards; women’s leadership styles and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers. She was Founder Director of the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders from 1999 to 2016. She and her co-authors produce the annual Female FTSE Board Report, which she launched in 1999 and is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK and is renowned globally. Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers.

Her latest book “Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers” (Eds. S Vinnicombe, R.J. Burke, S. Blake-Beard and L.L. Moore) was published by Edward Elgar in 2013. She has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives, and is regularly interviewed by the press, on the radio and on television for her expert views on women directors.

She is Founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards and is a judge for the Sunday Times best NEDs of the year awards. She was awarded The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Award 2013. In 2016 she was honoured by the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Washington as a woman who has “made a difference’ in the world. Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and subsequently awarded a CBE for her Services to Gender Equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2014.