Posted by Rachel Westall on 28 March 2023
A collaboration between the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) The confederation of British Industries (CBI) and the Trade Association Forum (TAF) has published a Powerlist of women in trade associations to coincide with International Women’s Day 2023 which features The CEO of the Giftware Association Sarah Ward. The list was compiled from over 200 nominations from the sector and a selection from the Trade Association Forum. CBI and FSB had the unenviable task of selecting the 100 women that make up the inaugural list.
Sarah Ward said of her inclusion in the list " I'm so honoured to have made this list and be celebrated in this way. There are so many other powerful women here too, so I am privileged to share this achievement with them and for the power of our industry"
Nicola Bates, Chair of the Selection Panel and Strategy and External Affairs Director of the Portman Group said: "It has been a real pleasure to be able to bring the CBI, FSB and TAF together to champion the role of women in trade associations, celebrate their achievements and encourage the next generation of women into the association sector."
Julie Lilley, FSB CEO said: "At FSB, I'm proud to lead a diverse organisation with strong representation of women at every level. This is true for our staff team but also our volunteers who are small business owners/self-employed right across the UK. As FSB was involved in setting up this initiative and the judging process, it would not be right to have also taken some of the slots - but I want to take this moment to say how brilliant the list is, to thank the Trade Association Forum, and reiterate my pride for FSB's women. Well done to everyone in the list and involved."
Gaynor Pates, Chair of the Trade Association Forum and Operations Director of the Rail Industry Association said: "We're incredibly lucky to have so many brilliant women in trade associations, all of whom are experts in their sector and many who have smashed glass ceilings and succeeded in traditionally male dominated sectors. Since I became Chair of the Trade Association Forum it has been a personal mission of mine to make sure that these brilliant women receive the recognition they deserve. "
See the full list here!