The Hampton-Alexander Review is an independent annual report supported by the UK government, which ranks all FTSE 350 companies on the gender representation of their Boards and Executive teams. It aims to ensure that talented women at the top of business are recognised, promoted and rewarded.

Our 2019 ranking has risen significantly compared to the previous year – we have moved up to 10th place among the FTSE 100 companies, compared to 92nd in 2018. Our improved ranking reflects our increase in the representation of women on our Board and in the two senior leadership levels below this (CEO-1 and CEO-2). This is the biggest improvement year on year of any company in the FTSE 100.

The Hampton-Alexander Review is in its third year, and is set to run until the end of 2020. While it has seen the strongest year of progress at Board level so far, there is still much to do to reach targets for senior leader roles below Board level.

Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, said:

"Improving gender balance remains a priority for our business. While this year’s Hampton-Alexander report reinforces the actions we are taking at senior management levels, and that they are leading to results, we will continue to do more – to strengthen our gender representation and to make progress across our inclusion agenda."

The progress we are making follows the commitments we’ve outlined in our action plan to address gender balance. Our Board also continually reviews its representation and succession plan, in line with our Board Diversity statement.

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