COUNCIL leader Sarah Hayward says she will no longer go to events with an all-male panel.
This is not a new policy, but she says she will now start ‘calling out’ the organisers with no women in their line-ups. On top of this, she is also calling on Camden’s companies and institutions to think about the make-up of their panels. KPMG was the first to get a tweet stinger.
Hi @kpmg thanks for invite to work place week event you’re hosting. But panel is all men, so no thanks. Women work too (and lead & manage)
— Sarah Hayward (@Sarah_Hayward) October 22, 2015
The context to this is quite interesting because Camden, unlike most local authorities, has women at the head of all the political parties represented at the Town Hall. Sarah’s opponents, however, seemed lukewarm to a boycott policy. Conservative group leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland for example said when I checked to see whether the idea would be shared across the groups: “For myself, I generally prefer to work with people, rather than make a dramatic public statement.”