Moya Greene, chief executive at Royal Mail, urges women to be more courageous and ‘take the risky jobs’.
‘There are big opportunities out there – but too many of the women I speak to in the UK are afraid of those roles. They are holding themselves back,’ she says. ‘I always say to other women: "Don’t let the worry about your children defeat your ambition". The best jobs I’ve had were the ones I was most afraid of.’
Greene is a member of a small club of female FTSE 100 chief executives, alongside Alison Cooper at Imperial Brands, Alison Brittain at Whitbread, Liv Garfield at Severn Trent, Veronique Laury at Kingfisher and Carolyn McCall at easyJet. [And they will be joined by Emma Walmsley next year when she takes over as CEO of GlaxoSmithKline.]