John Allan

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There is loads of female talent out there, you have got to be prepared to look for it and you need to tell the headhunters that you really want them to serve up the most talented people they can find but to ensure there is a good mix. Tesco have appointed an almost completely new board ... in the last 18 months, we now have eight non-executive directors, six of whom are new, three of whom are women.

The context was [that] I was talking to a bunch of aspiring non-executive directors, many of whom were women, and I wanted to give them some encouragement and, therefore, I used that rather colourful turn of speech. And the audience, I think, was quite amused and quite enjoyed it.

If you are female and from an ethnic background – and preferably both – then you are in an extremely propitious period. For a thousand years, men have got most of these jobs, the pendulum has swung very significantly the other way now and will do for the foreseeable future, I think. If you are a white male, tough. You are an endangered species and you are going to have to work twice as hard.

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