Our Chief Executive Honoured OBE in the 2019 New Year's Honours List
We are delighted to announce that Roger Whiteside has been awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the 2019 New Year's Honours List, in recognition of his services to women and equality.
Roger believes gender equality should be a business priority for all businesses to ensure they maximise and nurture in-house talent. Greggs is ranked number 10 on the FTSE 250 for female representation on our Board and is committed to making sure its female executive talent receives all the encouragement they need to pursue a progressive career through its `Female Career Development Programme’.
In July 2016 Roger demonstrated Greggs commitment to the gender equality agenda at a national level by joining the Women’s Business Council, which was set up in 2012 by Theresa May to help tackle the barriers to women’s progression and ultimately maximise opportunities from the classroom to the boardroom.
Of his commendation Roger said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this recognition and proud to play my part, alongside a great team of people both at Greggs and through the Women’s Business Council, to promote equality of opportunity and progression for women in the workplace. It is not just the right thing to do but makes good business sense and contributes to our economic growth and development.”
“Our Board continues to believe it is in the best interests of the Company to bring women through to the very top of the organisation. We are proud of the fact that almost half of our management population are female with growing representation at our highest executive levels ”.