Greggs CEO commended for promoting gender equality

Greggs Chief Executive, Roger Whiteside has been commended as an Agent of Change for challenging the status quo and promoting gender equality in workplaces by The Women’s Business Council and Management Today.


Roger is one of 30 UK business leaders on the 2017 Agents of Change power list which was revealed recently at Management Today's Inspiring Women in Business conference in Edinburgh, at which he was a panellist.


A total of 150 men were nominated from a range of sectors, including: retail; education; media; and the financial services industry. The power list celebrates 30 male leaders who are supporting women in business, driving gender equality initiatives, and shattering glass ceilings.


Nominations were judged by Management Today’s editor Matthew Gwyther and features editor Kate Bassett alongside Cilla Snowball, chair of the Women’s Business Council, Helene Reardon-Bond of the Government Equalities Office and Sir Philip Hampton, chairman of GlaxoSmithKline and co-author of the Hampton-Alexander Review on improving gender balance in FTSE leadership.


Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive at Greggs commented: “I am proud to be included on the 2017 Agents of Change power list and for Greggs to be acknowledged alongside other leading UK businesses for the work we do to promote gender equality in the workplace.


“At Greggs, we treat gender equality like any other business priority with a clear plan and objectives in place. We are proud of the fact that almost half of our management population are female and believe it’s in the best interests of the company to bring women through to the very top of the organisation.”


Cilla Snowball, chair of the Women’s Business Council said: “This list champions the male leaders who are making a difference for women in many fields of work. We can’t empower women without involving men. We applaud all of this year’s nominees; every single entry showed gender equality in action and provided a brilliant bank of case studies on how to challenge the status quo.”


Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today said:“Women in business is now definitely a man's issue. From the biggest FTSE down to early stage SMEs, the Agents of Change campaign is now on the march.”