Men As Change Agents Action Group


The Men As Change Agents (MACA) initiative focuses on increasing the number of male leaders championing gender equality in the workplace, including programmes for men to act as sponsors and mentors to promote women’s leadership and cultural change.


WBC MACA Action group is led by Emer Timmons (Chief Marketing Officer and President of Enterprise, Brightstar) and Denis Woulfe (Director and Owner Denis Woulfe Consulting Ltd. Formerly Vice Chair of Deloitte LLP). The group is supported by Chris Stylianou (Chief Operating Officer, UK and Ireland, Sky plc) and Wendy Hallett MBE (Managing Director of Hallett Retail).


The Group has led the way in showcasing strong male leaders who actively support women’s advancement and is working to promote the valuable role of men as active fathers and carers.


Driving positive change in gender diversity will help the UK to become the best environment in the world for developing future business leaders, from all genders and all backgrounds. McKinsey estimates that bridging the gender gap in work would add £150bn to the UK economy by 2025.


Whilst many companies are putting in positive and proactive action to address the gender diversity of their workforce, there are still significant gaps at the top of organisations.

  • In executive leadership roles within the FTSE100, as defined by Hampton Alexander 2017 report as executive committee members and their direct reports, women hold 25.2%, with 24% in the FTSE 250.
  • Just 27.7% of FTSE 100 board members are female (despite there being no all-male boards amongst FTSE 100).
  • And only 24.5% of FTSE 350 board members of are female, with 8 all-male boards remaining


Tackling low levels of gender diversity can only happen with the support and sponsorship of men championing gender equality both within their organisations and externally. The Men as Change Agents: achieving a gender balance in business and closing the gender pay gap toolkit calls on male senior leaders and CEOs to champion gender diversity within their organisations.


On 9th March 2017, the Women’s Business Council partnered with Management Today to create the first Men as Change Agents Power List, recognising male role models advocating change to women’s and girls’ education and working experience. The second edition of this Power List was launched on 15th March 2018, where a from over 160 nominations, 30 male role models were chosen and recognised for their outstanding contribution to promoting female-talent.


Our Members

Emer Timmons - MACA Action Group Co-Chair

Denis Woulfe - MACA Action Group Co-Chair

Chris Stylianou

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith

Wendy Hallett

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