Only 5% of chief executives and 9% of chief officers in English and Welsh councils are women, the Local Government ...
Only 5% of chief executives and 9% of chief officers in English and Welsh councils are women, the Local Government Management Board has revealed.
Local government is still worse in terms of representing women at the top than the civil service and the NHS, according to Helen Dawson, head of management practice and management development at the LGMB.
The board has collected profiles of senior women that formed the basis for its Women's Leadership programme, designed to encourage women into senior positions.
Once women have reached the top of their profession, as head of a section, they find it hard to break into the top management team as chief officers. 'If you say there's a glass ceiling, that's where it is in local government,' said Ms Dawson.