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Robert has been a key supporter and champion of the formation and development of M&S Women’s Network, to ensure M&S continue to develop and inspire their female workforce. Externally, he is a formal mentor to two senior women, and informal mentor to many others at varying levels of seniority. He is a founder member of Chairman’s Advisory Group of  30% Club and recruited many Chairmen to the cause. He regularly speaks on the importance of women in business, whether through the 30% Club or on other panels. During his tenure as Chairman, M&S appointments have been more than 50% female. As Chair of UK Government Investments Robert promoted and supported an innovative scheme to bring women onto Boards of HMG owned bodies through shadow roles. He is also an investor in and supporter of an all-female venture capital body, which invests solely in women-led businesses.

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