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DCMS comes close to 50% target for female board appointments

Patrick Steel, 13.01.2015
Only three DCMS-funded museum boards have over 50% women
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has narrowly missed a target for 50% of new public appointments to be female by 2015.

The latest figures show that, as of September last year, 48% of new public appointments went to women, up from 38.10% in 2012-13. The next reporting period is in March this year.

Of DCMS-funded museums and galleries, currently three have boards of trustees made up of at least 50% women: the Horniman Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and the Tate, all in London.

A DCMS spokeswoman said: "The latest data shows 48% of new DCMS public appointments from April to September 2014 were to women.

“Since that time DCMS has also appointed more women to important roles at our public bodies including Rona Fairhead at the BBC Trust and Mary Archer to the Science Museum Group.

"DCMS is making good strides towards the 50% aspiration, and we continue to look for opportunities to improve this further and welcome the support of our public bodies and the sectors in doing so."

The February edition of Museums Journal will include a news analysis about diversity