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Only 36 People in most Powerful Positions are Ethnic Minorities

Category: Women in Leadership


An analysis conducted by the Guardian and Operation Black Vote has established that of the 1,049 most powerful people in Britain, just 36 are from ethnic minorities – and only seven of those are women.

One of them is Ofcom's CEO Sharon White. Educated at a state comprehensive in east London, she is the first black woman to sit in the top seat at Ofcom.

As a highly respected economist, Sharon White is the first woman – and the first black person – to lead the media regulator, and the first black woman to have such a senior role in any UK media organisation. White was seventh in the UK Black Powerlist 2015, a top 10 that also featured MediaCom chief executive Karen Blackett and actor and comedian Lenny Henry.

Before Ofcom, White held a number of senior posts during a long career in the civil service. She was second permanent secretary at the Treasury, and held board-level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development. A trained economist, she was formerly a senior economist at the World Bank.

White previously worked at the World Bank and the 10 Downing Street policy unit, where she was once described as “extremely good at her job, but fun” and had spells at the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Justice. She described her management style as a “delegating (and I hope empowering) style of management” and said she had done “a lot of coaching and mentoring, particularly of women at the early stages of their career – trying to boost their confidence to put their hat in the ring for more senior jobs. I try to be open and accessible to staff at all grades”.

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Column Industries order Column Industry name Column Number of open positions
1. Finance 1119 jobs
2. Technology, Media & Telecoms 1010 jobs
3. Banking 988 jobs
4. Media 919 jobs
5. Professional Services 702 jobs
6. Engineering 556 jobs
7. Logistics 539 jobs
8. Energy 448 jobs
9. Utilities 448 jobs
10. Management 441 jobs

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