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Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius on the importance of building a diverse Board of Directors. Barclays aims to ensure women comprise at least 20 per cent of the Board by the end of 2013.

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The Barclays Board fully embraces the benefits of diversity and will strive to continue to increase the diversity of its Board, including by appointing more female Directors, while always ensuring that all Directors are appointed on merit.

A message from Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius

As Chairman of Barclays, one of my key responsibilities, working with the Board Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee, is ensuring that the Barclays Group benefits from a high quality Board comprising individuals with an appropriate range of skills and experiences.

A fundamental part of achieving that objective is building a Board that is diverse in all senses of the word. 

The Board Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee considers diversity, including the skills mix, regional and industry experiences and gender amongst many other factors when seeking to appoint a new Director to the Barclays Board.

The Barclays Board fully embraces the benefits of diversity and will strive to continue to increase the diversity of its Board, including by appointing more female Directors, while always ensuring that all Directors are appointed on merit.

In particular, Barclays is supportive of Lord Davies’ recommendations in his report Women on Boards (new window) which highlight the need for more female representation on Boards.

We shall be aiming to ensure that at least 20 per cent of our Board is made up of women by the end of 2013 and for that position to have exceeded 25 per cent by the end of 2015.

Marcus Agius
Chairman

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