Lord Davies of Abersoch is to conduct a report advising the government on how it can reduce the number of obstacles in the way of women managing to become a member of the board with their respective employer.
In news that may cut the amount of grievance hearings based on sex discrimination complaints heard in the UK annually, business minister Edward Davey - MP for Kingston and Surbiton - and minister for equalities Lynne Featherstone have announced that the Lord will be at the forefront of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance's push towards sexual equality in senior positions.
The government had previously stated that by the end of the current parliament, it wants at least half of all new appointees made to the boards of public bodies to be female.
And Lord Davies has been appointed to scrutinise the inner-workings of these organisations in terms of senior appointments and report his findings back by the end of 2010.
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By Cheryl Bennett