100 Most Influential Women in Engineering
Jo Davis, Group HR Director at Mitie, has been included in the top "100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector" list published by board appointments firm, Inclusive Boards and the Financial Times.
Released today, the list will officially launch at the Inclusive Boards: Women in Engineering Leadership Conference in Central London on October 22nd which is being hosted by expert in gender and diversity issues in STEM, Dr Jan Peters. Inclusive Boards is the UK’s Executive Diversity Experts with a network of over 60,000 diverse professionals across the STEM, sport, not-for-profit and public sectors.
Since Davis joined the business, Mitie has made several commitments to improve its gender balance across all areas of the organisation. This included a commitment to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles by 20 per cent – a target that has already been hit, and subsequently built on, with a pledge to increase the number of women recruited in to STEM roles by a further 20 per cent by the end of the financial year 19/20.
Mitie has also committed to ensuring at least a third of its Board members are female. This target has also already been surpassed, as Mitie’s Board now has an equal balance of male and female Board members. Similarly, Mitie is also striving to improve pay equality within the business and has already achieved a significant reduction in its gender pay gap in both 2018 and 2019.
Davis’ HR career spans 20 years across several sectors, including banking, consulting and retail, with roles across multiple countries throughout Europe and Asia. Jo joined Mitie in January 2018 as Group HR Director, having previously held senior HR positions at leading UK brands including Sainsbury’s and Santander.
Commenting, Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola, Development Director at Inclusive Boards said:
"Engineers have an impact on almost every area of our day to day lives. Jo and those featured today are role models who inspire those around them and demonstrate leadership and influence in the work that they do."
"It’s an honour to be included among this year’s 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering among so many other inspirational leaders in the sector. Since arriving at Mitie, I’ve been passionate about increasing the number of women in STEM roles within our business, both by nurturing our existing talent and encouraging the next generation of female leaders. I’m proud to receive this recognition by Inclusive Boards and the Financial Times."
Inclusive Boards will also be publishing extensive research into engineering in the UK as well as the results of its diversity survey of the UK’s top 500 engineering firms by revenue.