Taking our women further 

Creating an inclusive leadership team

We are committed to developing our people and creating a culture where everyone, regardless of gender or background, has the opportunity to succeed.

In 2017 we launched our Women's Empowerment Programme which aims to create a flexible and supportive environment, ultimately enabling more women to reach leadership positions.

It is widely recognised that a more diverse leadership team is good for business. We want to better represent our people and our clients, believing that smart decisions today will create lasting value for our Crowe team and their clients tomorrow.

Current landscape

Workplace studies show that where at least 30% of leadership teams are female, the impact on the business is greater. Currently Crowe’s female partners represent 22% of the leadership team and in addition, make up one third of the Executive Board.

We intend to increase the proportion of female partners to 30% by 31st March 2024  , allowing us to have maximum impact for our people and our business.

Our objectives

To do this we set out key objectives in our Women's Empowerment Programme business plan. While none of these initiatives are gender exclusive, they have be designed to tackle the main barriers facing women in finance.

  • Engagement – engagement and support from the senior leadership team and Executive Committee has been crucial and from this we have created a team of champions from the existing partner group who are leading change across the firm. This is part of our one firm mind-set and allows for consistency across our initiatives. They are a mixture of men and women, but fundamentally are excellent role models for women. Having good role models is important for progression and sharing these champions’ personal stories has been invaluable.
  • Agile working lack of flexibility makes it harder to balance our personal lives and work. At a time when mental health is firmly on the agenda, creating options for our people to have the right space and time to work can help remove some of these issues, resulting in a more productive, efficient working environment., we aim to remove the restrictions that focus on ‘desk time’ and create an agile working policy that means our people have a more choice around how, where and when they work, contributing to a more rewarding experience.

  • Mentoring having a good mentor can help accelerate the development of key talent. It can sometimes be difficult for women to find a mentor that they can relate to, which means that they can miss out on this support, and as a consequence, do not progress through to leadership as quickly as their male colleagues.

We aspire to develop strong diverse leaders and have invested in a mentor training programme to support this. Potential mentees are invited to apply to participate in the programme, giving them access to the experience and expertise that the mentors have to offer. We intend that the mentor training will over time be extended to a wider group, giving all our people access to a mentor should they need it and the same time increase their prospects for advancing to leadership positions.

The importance of female leadership

Rebecca Durrant

Rebecca Durrant - Partner, Private Clients

"I want to encourage our people, whatever their gender, to be the best they can be. I would like us to identify our future leaders and make sure they have a strong support network to achieve their own success".

 

Jaki Mitchell

Jaki Mitchell - Partner, Business Solutions

"Challenges have always been juggling work and home life but Crowe has always been hugely supportive in allowing flexibility. It’s not a competition between work and home life and if you are happy in both, your output will be greater".

 

Susan Ball 
Susan Ball - Partner, Head of Employers Advisory Services

"It’s easier to climb the mountain when you see that someone else has done it and how. I think one reason that women struggle in achieving leadership positions is that they lack the confidence that comes from having role models and mentors to show them how it’s done".