21 February 2021

Sapphire Partners are proud to share Managing Director Kate Grussing’s article “This is no time to slow on Women’s progress” published in yesterday’s Sunday Times.

Kate highlights the need for more action when it comes to women in executive roles and advocates that we can't yet relax our focus yet with so little diversity of any kind in top jobs.

To read the article in full please click HERE

10 January 2021

Sapphire Partners and Managing Director Kate Grussing were profiled in this article by Lucy Burton at The Sunday Telegraph about women in the City.  Sapphire’s relentless work to support enlightened clients and unearth blockbuster candidates while promoting diversity alongside merit has been a 16 year mission which is paying dividends.

To read the article in full please click HERE

Sapphire Partners are proud to be one of the early signatories to Change the Race Ratio, a campaign to increase racial and ethnic participation in British businesses launched by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on 26 October 2020. Businesses across all sectors have engaged with the campaign and will be able to collaborate with the Founder Partners of the campaign and each other to ensure that they are making the best possible progress towards achieving its objectives. As signatories to the campaign, companies make the following four Commitments to Change:

  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity among Board members: take action to set targets to achieve:
    • FTSE 100 – At least one racially and ethnically diverse Board member by end 2021
    • FTSE 250 – At least one racially and ethnically diverse Board member by 2024.
  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership: take action at ExCo and ExCo minus one to set clear and stretching targets and publish them within 12 months of making this commitment.
    • In addition, establish a separate target for black participation at both levels.
  • Be transparent on actions: publish a clear action plan to achieve the targets and share progress in the Annual Report or on the company website.
    • In addition, disclose ethnicity pay gaps by 2022, at the latest. 
  • Create an inclusive culture in which talent from all diversities can thrive: focusing on recruitment and talent development processes to drive a more diverse pipeline; data collection and analysis; fostering safe, open and transparent dialogue, with mentoring, support and sponsorship; and working with a more diverse set of suppliers and partners, including minority owned businesses.

For further information please click HERE

6 October 2020

Sapphire Partners are pleased to have supported UK Finance in the recruitment of David Postings as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Commenting on the appointment, UK Finance Executive Chair, Bob Wigley, said "I am delighted to announce David Postings appointment as UK Finance’s new Chief Executive. He will bring wide and deep experience of our sector and crucially at this time, a real understanding of the vital role our members play in supporting SMEs and consumers across the UK. I look forward to working with David in his new role and continuing to develop UK Finance as a world class representative organisation that delivers both for our members and their customers."

To read the press release please click HERE

Spreading the marzipan wider would be cherry on top for Citi’s new boss Jane Fraser

16 September

Kate Grussing, Managing Director of Sapphire, was quoted in this article “Spreading the marzipan wider would be cherry on top for Citi’s new boss Jane Fraser” by Katherine Griffiths.

Kate commented that while there are currently very senior women in finance,  these appointments help the “marzipan layer”, which inspired the journalist to use Kate’s metaphor as the headline and theme.

To read the article in full please click HERE

Lobby group picks Bank of England headhunter to find new chief after sexism row
3 July 2020

Sky News reports that Sapphire Partners have been hired to be leading the high-profile search to find a new Chief Executive for UK Finance.

To read the full article click HERE

17 June 2020

Sapphire Partners are pleased to have worked on this high-profile search for HM Treasury. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak announced Jonathan Hall has been appointed as an External Member to the Bank of England’s Financial  Policy Committee (FPC).

Jonathan has 25 years’ experience working in the financial markets, most recently as a Portfolio Manager at Eisler Capital and previously as a Partner at Goldman Sachs. He will serve a three-year term, which will begin on 1 September 2020. His appointment fills the position previously held by Martin Taylor, who stepped down from the Committee at the end of March 2020.

To read the press release from HM Treasury please click HERE

CMI Engagement Webinar – Finding a job during COVID-19
17 March 2020

As part of the Chartered Management Institute’s weekly Friday broadcast on different COVID-19 relevant topics each week, Kate Grussing, Sapphire’s Managing Director, participated in a Webinar to provide tips and advice on managing your career and job hunting during the pandemic.

The webinar was hosted by Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute and was also joined by Susanne Thorning-Lund, Partner at Odgers-Berndtson.

To watch the webinar please click HERE
To view Kate’s top tips on how to job hunt during these troubled times please click HERE
To read Ann’s article on the CMI website please click HERE

Sapphire Partners Assists the Bank of England in Governor Search

December 26, 2019 – Sapphire Partners, a London-based executive search firm, assisted the Bank of England in the recruitment of Andrew Bailey as its new governor. Mark Carney, who has held the position for six years, will step down at the end of January. Mr. Bailey will be the 121st Governor in the bank’s 325 year history and the 9th to be appointed since its nationalization in 1946.

The recruitment firm, which focuses on finding diverse talent, was the first agency ever hired to find someone for the governor role. Leading the assignment for Sapphire Partners was founder Kate Grussing, director Sally Springbett and associate director Caroline Turner. “The team at Sapphire Partners is immensely proud to have worked alongside HM Treasury on this exhaustive and rigorous search,” the firm said.
“When we launched this process, we said we were looking for a leader of international standing with expertise across monetary, economic and regulatory matters,” said chancellor Sajid Javid. “In Andrew Bailey that is who we have appointed. Andrew was the stand-out candidate in a competitive field. He is the right person to lead the bank as we forge a new future outside the EU and level-up opportunity across the country.”
Mr. Bailey, currently CEO of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has held senior roles across all areas of monetary, financial and economic policy. He has led the FCA since July 2016, having previously held the role of deputy governor of the Bank of England for Prudential Regulation and CEO of the Prudential Regulation Authority. He has been a member of the bank’s financial policy committee since 2012.

Mr. Bailey led much of the bank’s work on bank resolution and supervision following the crisis of 2007/9 and has extensive international experience through his work with the Financial Stability Board, and the International Organization of Securities Commissions. Having joined the bank in 1985, he has held roles including as executive director for banking services and chief cashier, private secretary to the governor and head of the International Economic Analysis Division in Monetary Analysis.
“Andrew is widely and deeply respected for his leadership managing the financial crisis, developing the new regulatory frameworks, and supporting financial innovation to better serve U.K. households and businesses,” said Mr. Carney. “Over the years, I benefited greatly from his support and wise counsel. I wish Andrew and the bank continued success in their work to serve the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.”
As the governor of the Bank of England Mr. Bailey chairs the bank’s three major policy committees – the Monetary Policy Committee, the Financial Policy Committee and the Prudential Regulation Committee. As such, the governor plays a central role in setting monetary, macro-prudential and micro-prudential policy, according to a government posting for the role. The individual also has senior responsibility for resolution policy and the supervision of financial market infrastructure. In addition, the governor has senior responsibilities for the bank’s culture, the production and integrity of the bank’s financial information, and the development of the business model and strategy.

 “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as governor of the Bank of England and to have the opportunity to serve the people of the United Kingdom, particularly at such a critical time for the nation as we leave the European Union,” said Mr. Bailey. “The bank has a very important job and, as governor, I will continue the work that Mark Carney has done to ensure that it has the public interest at the heart of everything it does.”

Committed to Diversity
Sapphire Partners, founded in 2005, works to promote and bring diverse professional talent to its clients. The firm’s expertise includes executive search, board appointments and consultancy. Sapphire Partners works across a number of sectors with a particular strength in financial and professional services on local, European and international searches. Its clients include: Grosvenor, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Good Energy, Credit Suisse, American Express, Microgen and McKinsey & Company, among others.

Ms. Grussing has worked internationally in senior positions at JPMorgan, McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley. Her career and functional expertise is in strategy, corporate governance, corporate finance, talent management, financial services, professional services and diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Springbett’s experience in the executive search industry spans more than 15 years, with roles at Ridgeway Partners, Russell Reynolds Associates, Whitehead Mann and GKR, focusing primarily on international financial services and board level recruitment.

Ms. Turner has served as a research and organizational development consultant for over 20 years, for clients in private, public and non-profit sectors across a broad spectrum of industries, in the U.K. and wider Europe. She has led a range of executive development programs and has particular expertise in gender diversity and inter-cultural business.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media


20 December 2019

The team at Sapphire Partners is immensely proud to have worked alongside HM Treasury on this exhaustive and rigorous search, resulting in the announcement today by the Chancellor Sajid Javid of the appointment of Andrew Bailey to succeed Mark Carney as the next Governor of the Bank of England.

29 November 2019

Sapphire Partners Managing Director Kate Grussing was interviewed on BBC Worldwide to share her pragmatic views on how to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd, while also being scrupulous about its accuracy.  She shared how female candidates can often have CVs that understate their achievements and therefore can be easily underestimated unless the recruiter/search firm is extra attentive to this risk.

To listen to the full programme please click HERE

13 November 2019

Sapphire Partners was again recognised in The fourth Hampton-Alexander Review published on 13 November 2019 for executive search firms at the forefront in helping boards achieve gender balance. Sapphire is one of the few accredited firms in the fourth year of accreditation.

The report shows this is the strongest year of progress for women on boards with women now holding 32.4% of all FTSE 100 and 29.6% of FTSE 250 board positions. Not all companies are making the same efforts, and the gap between those working hard to improve gender balance and those doing little, is more obvious every year.

To view the report please click HERE

Wanted: New Bank of England boss
24 April 2019

Sapphire Partners are proud to be leading this high-profile search for the Bank of England. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced the UK Government has appointed Sapphire Partners to conduct the search for the new Governor of the Bank of England. This is the first time HM Treasury has used a search firm for the Governor’s role.

To read the full article click HERE 

3 January 2019

It is not often that Sapphire’s search results appear on the front page of the FT. We are proud to have led this high-profile search for HM Treasury.

The Chancellor announced that Dame Colette Bowe and Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia have been appointed as External Members of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC).  Dame Colette Bowe is the current Chairman of the Banking Standards Board, a Trustee of the IFRS foundation, a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.  Until recently, she was also a board member of the UK Statistics Authority and the Department for Transport.  Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia was the CEO of Virgin Money from 2007 until 2018, regularly attended the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, and served as a member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board.

1 June 2018
Women in the Boardroom

Male bosses' 'pitiful excuses' for lack of women in boardroom criticised
Female business leaders hit back at remarks by executives from FTSE 350 companies

Kate Grussing, the managing director of Sapphire Partners, contested the suggestion that there were not enough women in the talent pool.

“The appalling excuses given by many companies for why they can’t appoint more women to board or executive roles are truly disgraceful, lame and lazy,” she said.

“Companies and recruiters have to be more creative and persistent in looking for diverse talent but it exists in greater numbers than ever.

“Putting token women on their boards or photographs on their careers website won’t make a difference to the executive pipeline.”

To read the full article, click HERE

31 May 2018
Women on Boards

Sapphire Partners MD Kate Grussing was interviewed live by Sky News  on the topic of why companies should be encouraged to do more to find women for their executive ranks and boards.

30 May 2018

As part of the FT Special Report on Modern Workplace Ethnic Diversity, Kate Grussing was quoted.  Kate highlighted how important specific language is as well as teasing out what clients are really looking for.  If they want “an Asian candidate”, she asks what nationality or background they are after.

To read the full article click HERE

Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar:
Women in the workplace - the gender pay gap, organisational cultures and representation in leadership
9 May 2018

Kate Grussing, Managing Director of Sapphire Partners, will be a speaker at this keynote seminar.  The focus of this conference will be the further steps that can be taken by Government, employers and others to improve opportunity and equality at work for women.

The full event programme and confirmed speakers can be viewed on the event website by clicking HERE

Treasury Select Committee - Women in Finance Inquiry
9 January 2018

Sapphire Partners were delighted to have been asked by the Treasury Select Committee to share its expertise, and provide evidence to the Committee, for the Women in Finance Inquiry.

The hearing focussed on exploring gender diverse recruitment practices.  Sapphire Partners is honoured to have been invited to participate in this prestigious Inquiry, reinforcing our strong reputation, over many years, for supporting diversity.

To find out more about the Inquiry and the Treasury Select Committee please click HERE

How do you make the transition from an executive to a NED role?
26 July 2017

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire Partners, interviews experienced NED Elizabeth Corley about the transition from executive to NED - what it involves, and how to plan for the move.

To watch the interview in full please click HERE

23 July 2017

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire Partners was quoted in this article “Why we should all mind the pay gap” by Aimee Donellan.   Kate emphasises that there is a strong talent pool of female Chief Executives who just need to be given the opportunity to step up.

Following the BBC’s revelations on the gender pay gap amongst its top presenters, the Government’s demand that companies with 250 employees or more publish the details of their gender pay gaps by next April, and the pressure that businesses are under to respond to the Hampton-Alexander Review (the government sponsored report on gender equality in the executive of FTSE companies), this article puts gender parity in earnings in the spotlight and suggests it will remain firmly on the agenda.  

To read the full article please Click HERE

29 June 2017

The Sapphire Partners’ team are proud and delighted to share that last night we were the winners of the inaugural Women in Finance Recruiter of the Year Award.  Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have helped us achieve this award!

As many of you will know, we are passionate believers in the benefits of diversity, in all its forms, to society and business. We have been privileged to work with many wonderful clients and candidates along our journey.  We love what we do and, with your ongoing support and belief in our work, we look forward to working with many more of you in the years ahead.  

For further information and to view photos on the night please click HERE
To view all winners on the night please click HERE

5 March 2017

FTSE companies may be forced to reveal diversity data

Four senior City figures have recommended that FTSE companies be forced to report their data on diversity directly to the Financial Reporting Council. The data would then appear in the companies' annual reports. Dame Helen Alexander, Sir Philip Hampton, Sir John Parker and Baroness McGregor-Smith have made the proposal after separate reviews into levels of female and BME leadership received disappointing responses from companies they sought data from. Kate Grussing, Managing Director of the headhunter Sapphire Partners, welcomed the proposal for annual reporting. "Only those companies that have poor information systems or alarming people data will complain about this new disclosure requirement," she said.

To read the article in full please click HERE

4 September 2016

Sapphire MD Kate Grussing was quoted in this article “FTSE firms face targets for women in top jobs” by Aimee Donnellan.  Following the launch of Sir Philip Hampton’s government-backed review into women in the executive pipeline in February, it appears likely that the review will recommend that women should occupy at least 25% of companies’ top executive posts, a target that could be raised to 35% when the Hampton-Alexander review is published in November.  Kate emphasises that targets make a material difference but it is important to set an achievable goal in a timeframe that is feasible.

To read the article in full please click HERE

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire Partners, discusses her perspectives on ‘how to become board ready’ with KPMG Connect on Board. This new website has great resources and aims to connect non-executive director candidates with organisations seeking to build better boards.

To watch Kate’s interview please click HERE

100 Women to Watch 2016
7 July 2016

Sapphire Partners was recognised in The Female FTSE Board Report 2016 for the firm’s role in helping Cranfield University to identify this year’s list of 100 accomplished  board ready women.  Sapphire has been a long time contributor to this showcase of the broad and deep talent pool for UK Plc to draw on.  These 100 are by no means an exhaustive list as the pipeline of board ready women has never been stronger.

To view the list in full please click HERE

8 July 2016

Sapphire Partners MD Kate Grussing shared her pragmatic advice on “how to land your dream job” in a discussion with Wanda Wallace, on the Voice of America Radio programme Out of the Comfort Zone.

To listen to the full programme please click HERE

U.K. New Premium Listings In 2015: 32% Showed No Boardroom Diversity At IPO
5 July 2016

Sapphire Partners proprietary research on the London Stock Exchange’s premium listed Initial Public Offerings in 2015 is profiled in this Forbes article ‘U.K. New Premium Listings In 2015: 32% Showed No Boardroom Diversity At IPO’ by Dina Medland.

Kate emphasises that the boards of the 25 premium listed IPOs in 2015 in the U.K. really missed a trick in not coming to market with greater diversity among their non-executives as unlike the FTSE 100 or FTSE 250, recently listed companies all could have started their lives as plcs with truly diverse boards.

To read the article in full please click HERE
To read Sapphire’s press release highlighting lack of diversity in IPO boards 2015 and 2016 please click HERE

26 May 2016

Sapphire Partners proprietary research on the London Stock Exchange’s premium listed Initial Public Offerings in 2015 is profiled in this FT article ‘Initial public offerings laggard boards ‘must try harder’ after IPOs highlight lack of diversity’ by Mary Childs.

Sapphire’s research analysed all 25 new premium listings in 2015 on the LSE and found that almost a third of the companies had no black or ethnic minority board members.  Kate Grussing, Sapphire MD, highlights the missed opportunity in these boards not coming to market with greater diversity. IPOs are an important milestone for growing companies and an essential channel for fundraising and investment. When any new company debuts the board composition is a telling indicator of the company’s ambitions and prospects for both the universe of potential investors and corporate governance experts.

To read the article in full please click HERE

22 May 2016

Sapphire MD Kate Grussing was quoted in this article “Q How do you hit the target for women on boards? A Cut the men!” by John Collingridge and Aimee Donnellan.   The article states UK boards are shrinking in size, thereby enabling 31% of them to improve their proportion of women NEDs.  Kate highlights her disappointment at the findings released in the EHRC report as the representation of women on boards is far weaker than the headline numbers suggest.

To read the article in full please click HERE

15 November 2015

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire Partners, is quoted in this article ‘Bonfire of the bankers’ by Aimee Donnellan.  With the announcement that banks are to slash thousands from their payroll Kate emphasises that the banking sector drives the British economy. Any cutbacks in banking will also impact their suppliers including accountants, law firms, management consultants and head-hunters which all greatly rely on the banks as clients.

For the full article click HERE

Davies: 25% of top earners must be female
9 August 2015

Britain’s biggest companies are to be set fresh targets to shatter the glass ceiling.  A government backed report to be published later this year will demand that women occupy at least 25% of top-earning positions at FTSE 100 companies within five years.  The review by City grandee Lord Davies of Abersoch is intended to encourage companies to build a “pipeline” of women who can lead Britain’s biggest businesses.

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire, is quoted in this article “This will be a challenge for certain companies.”

For the full article click HERE

13 July 2015

Sapphire Partners MD Kate Grussing was quoted in this article ‘Women still left out of top FTSE positions’ by Madeline Ratcliffe.  Kate emphasises that although the FTSE 100 companies have met the target of having 25% female directors, the lack of momentum of women gaining executive roles remains a challenge.

To read the full article please Click HERE

13 July 2015

Sapphire Partners were quoted in this article ‘FTSE 100 boards are finally 25% women Hitting Lord Davies' target is good, but British business can and should do better’ by Rachel Savage. 

To read the full article please Click HERE

12 July 2015

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire, is quoted in this article ‘Blue chips hit target for women on boards’ by Aimee Donnellan.  Kate confirms FTSE 100 boardrooms have finally reached the target of having 25% female directors. The target was set four years ago by then business secretary Vince Cable after an inquiry led by Mervyn Davies.

Kate emphasises that progress is still slow in the executive pipeline with figures showing women account for less than  10 % of all executive roles in the FTSE 100.

For the full article click HERE

20 June 2015

Sapphire Partners quarterly “Movers & Shakers” research is quoted in this Forbes article ‘U.K Sees Rise In Pipeline Of Future Women CEOs’ by Dina Medland. Sapphire’s proprietary research tracks 186 new female NED and executive appointments alongside 36 departures in the last three months.

To read the full article please click HERE

12 March 2015

Sapphire Partners research launch “Opening the Black Box of Board Appointments”, published today, was profiled in this article ‘The opaque path that leads to the boardroom’ by Alison Maitland.

Researchers at King’s College London conducted in-depth interviews with 30 men and women looking into their routes to the boardroom. One of the findings of the study was women receive more advice and encouragement to join boards, but are less likely to have powerful sponsors.

Another difference between men and women was that men were more creative in their searches as well as aspiring to want to chair boards, while women simply sought a seat at the table.

To read the full article please click HERE
To download the report please click HERE

30 November 2014

Sapphire Partners MD Kate Grussing was quoted in this article Pregnancy is still a career killerby Maddison Marriage.  Kate emphasises the importance of fund management companies better managing maternity leavers and some best practices, highlighted in FTfm’s second annual Women in Asset Management survey, which polled more than 700 fund management employees globally.

For the full article click HERE

30 September 2014

Sapphire Partners has been recognised by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills for our work promoting women non-executives in the recent accreditation process of executive search firms supporting the voluntary code of conduct. Sapphire was one of the early signatories to the voluntary code and were active in crafting the recent revisions to the code. We are proud of the work we do helping our clients recruit exceptional candidates: in the last four years 50% of our placements have been women.

To read further information on the accreditation process CLICK HERE
24 March 2014

Sapphire Partners quarterly Movers & Shakers research is highlighted in this article “Record number of women take seats in the boardroom” by Margareta Pagano.   Sapphire’s proprietary research tracks 85 new senior female executive appointments, including 11 CEO appointments, alongside 54 NED appointments in the last three months.

For the full article click HERE

BBC Radio 4 Interview, 10 January 2014

Sapphire Partners MD Kate Grussing took part in a discussion with Frances Cairncross,  economist and Rector of Exeter College, Oxford on the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour. The topic under discussion was Women in Finance: America versus UK and how will Janet Yellen’s appointment to the most powerful banking job on the planet make a difference for women.

Click HERE to listen to the programme on Podcast

9 December 2013

Sapphire Partners quarterly Movers & Shakers research is quoted in this article “It is imperative to nurture UK’s female talent” by Lisa Buckingham. Sapphire’s proprietary research highlights 464 female NED & Executive appointments alongside 94 departures in the last nine months.

For the full article click HERE


25 September 2013

Sapphire MD Kate Grussing is quoted in this article ‘Women disappear from executive jobs’ by business editor Jonathan Prynn.  Kate highlights her disappointment at official figures released by the Office for National Statistics, suggesting that women are still struggling to break the glass ceiling as measured by executive pay at the time their careers should be peaking.

For the full article click HERE

19 September 2013

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire, is quoted in this article ‘Ready for the board’ by Tim Smedley.  Kate emphasises the pipeline of female talent and the fact that any headhunters and chairmen who say they have trouble finding well qualified women need to look harder.

For the full article click HERE

8 September 2013

Sapphire MD Kate Grussing is quoted in this article ‘Catch 22 for women Neds’ by Carly Chynoweth.  Kate highlights the strong supply of executive level women and the important role of research such as Cranfield University’s women to watch report to which Sapphire’s work was a major contributor.  The firm is celebrating these accomplished women at an event at the House of Commons this Thursday.

For the full article click HERE

15 August 2013

Sally Springbett, Director of Sapphire, spoke on CNBC’s live flagship show about the role companies, headhunters and women have to play in order to achieve a greater pipeline of senior female executive talent to move into board roles.

14 July 2013

“Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire, emphasises the importance of lateral thinking as a good headhunter as well as women learning to blow their own trumpet”

To read the full article click HERE

Life after the City: Kate Grussing
8 April 2013

Sapphire’s MD is profiled in this popular Financial News column reflecting on her traditional career in finance and her subsequent experience building a business and her passion for promoting top talent, both diverse and mainstream.

For the full article click HERE

7 April 2013

Sally Springbett, Sapphire Partner’s Director, is quoted in this article “Women on a high in UK’s blue-chip boardrooms” by Jonathan Owen.

The number of female company directors is increasing but we are still ‘decades away’ from equality.  In the light of the “Female FTSE Report” and Cranfield’s “100 Women to Watch” being published this week, the article discusses the ever growing talent pool of women and what it takes to get on a board.

For the full article click HERE


20 November 2012

Kate Grussing is quoted in this article on the role the London Olympics played in exposing more men in business to the benefits of flexible working and the importance of men to start demanding the right to work flexibly.

For the full article click HERE


28 October 2012

Kate Grussing is quoted in this article ‘Small is beautiful for women directors’ by Hannah Prevett.

Lack of diversity is evident in smaller businesses, not just the biggest public companies.  What are the issues keeping women off AIM boards? 
For the full article click HERE


Evening Standard
10 October 2012

Kate Grussing’s comment on Majorie Scardino’s departure from Pearson. 
Click HERE to read the full letter.


10 October 2012

Kate Grussing (Managing Director of Sapphire Partners) was interviewed live on the evening news on the subject of senior women in business.  Kate commented on the strong interest of the UK’s top PLCs in promoting and retaining female talent and what the real challenges are for companies and ambitious women in business.


7 September 2012

Hilary Deveys Women at the Top

Kate Grussing (MD of Sapphire) was profiled in episode one of this two part series examining why so few women make it to the top in business.  This is one of the BBC’s first meaty programmes on the issue of why men still hold more than 80 per cent of Britain's senior jobs, examining factors like the leaky pipeline, maternity leave, the cost of childcare and women's leadership style.   Kate suggested many of the participants and experts who were filmed.  Her cameo appears near minute 34. The filming took the better part of a day.

Click HERE to watch the program on iPlayer.

London Evening Standard

The Evening Standard
17 July 2012

Employ women's talents to the full

Kate Grussing responds to Vince Cable’s recent points illustrating the value women bring to running companies.

Click HERE to read the letter in full.

Parliament TV Live
9 July 2012

Sapphire MD Kate Grussing gave oral evidence at the House of Lords regarding the implications of EU quotas for female non-executive directors. Kate emphasised two points: the critical mass exists of talented board-ready women in the UK and the growing importance of getting more women into executive roles in companies.

For the parliament TV video click HERE.
20 June 2012

Kate Grussing is quoted in this article on ‘Strategic Alliances Can Make or Break Female Leaders’ by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The lack of women in the C-suite and corporate boardroom has been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. The issue is symptomatic of a much larger problem: Highly qualified women are not breaking through to leadership positions in numbers commensurate with their presence in the talent pool.  For the full article click HERE.

The Guardian
28 May 2012
Watchdog seeks ‘pipeline’ of potential female leaders

Sapphire Partners’ innovative research reporting on the pipeline of 216 senior female appointments is quoted in an article by Jill Treanor (City Editor) in The Guardian, 28 May 2012.  Sapphire was one of ten executive search firms interviewed by Cranfield examining the impact of the new voluntary code.  Sapphire’s work challenges the assumption that there are not enough qualified women to take up senior executive and board roles.

The article can be found HERE.

The Australian
14 March 2012

Reprinted The Sunday Times article from 11 March 2012 
CLICK HERE to read the antipodean version.

The Sunday Times
11 March 2012
“Efforts to get more women on to boards must start at management level”

Kate Grussing is quoted in this article about quotas of women on boards

The article can be found HERE.