Sir, I was puzzled to read that the CBI is not setting an example on diversity, referring to the announcement of John Allan as our new vice-president (Instant Insight,, July 10). The CBI is run by the only female CEO of a major UK business organisation, its board is comprised of three men and three women, and nation and ethnicity are robustly represented. More than a third of its committee chairs are female. The best boards are teams, always looking for the right mix of skills. The UK is facing unprecedented challenges in making a success of Brexit and solving its productivity problem. It therefore seems odd not to welcome the CBI’s success in attracting a new vice-president with a proven breadth of business experience to help tackle them.

Carolyn Fairbairn

Director General, CBI

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