“The council is in a special position to work closely with business, provide experienced leadership and champion best practice across all sectors. We are committed to enabling women to reach their potential, assist business to harness the talent of women and closing the gender pay gap.”



Fiona Dawson CBE, Chair of the Women’s Business Council.

Who we are

The Women's Business Council (WBC) was relaunched in 2019 to focus on the sectors that have the most significant gender pay gaps and to drive forward progress to improve women’s representation within the workplace.

The Council is a government-backed, business-led initiative which reports to the Minister for Women and Equalities.


The Members

Fiona Dawson CBE, Mars

Jane Portas, Insuring Women's Futures

Rick Lee OBE, Willmott Dixon

Deirdre Michie OBE, Oil & Gas UK

Jo Whitfield CBE, Co-op Food

Roger Whiteside OBE, Greggs

Helen Lamprell OBE, AVEVA Group plc

Mary Macleod, G20 EMPOWER Alliance

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Build UK

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