Dr Sally Ann Forsyth OBE named in Cranfield University’s Women to Watch 2022

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth OBE named as one of the Women to Watch

  • Annual list shines a light on the impressive talent pool of women in business.
  • Women to Watch 2022 spotlights 100 leading female professionals from across Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA.

STEVENAGE 07 November 2022: Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst is proud to announce that CEO Dr Sally Ann Forsyth OBE has been named a ‘Woman to Watch’ in the annual list compiled by Cranfield School of Management that shines a light on the impressive talent pool of women in business.

The Women to Watch 2022 spotlights 100 leading female professionals who the authors believe are ideally suited for consideration as non-executive directors (NEDs) on the boards of FTSE 350 companies now or in the near future. The 2022 list includes women from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, and is geographically diverse with women from across Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA represented.

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth OBE, CEO of Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, said: “I am proud to be recognised by Hilary Sears and her team at Cranfield School of Management and humbled to be included in this cohort of extremely talented female business leaders. I am immensely grateful to all the amazing people I have worked with over the years who have generously shared their time and expertise with me. Their support throughout my career has been instrumental in this achievement.”

Whilst the number of women on FTSE 100 and 250 boards continues to rise, there is a lack of women progressing to decision making roles, according to the Female FTSE Board Report 2022 prepared by Cranfield University. This year’s report includes a special project on executive succession planning, outlining how companies can boost female representation in the executive pipeline.

Hilary Sears, Visiting Fellow of Cranfield School of Management and author of the 2022 Women to Watch list, said: “We have continued to witness change caused by the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and in the way that people want to work. Companies are facing challenges in recruitment, retention and skill shortages. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is on the C-Suite agenda, as are data and digitalisation. These latter challenges (ESG and data) are so important that I have sought this skill set and included more women with them than ever before.

“Diverse boards make better decisions and there is no shortage of talented women ready to take up roles in the boardroom. Through this selected list of dynamic women, we hope to help companies accelerate their progress on creating a truly inclusive workforce.”

The Women to Watch supplement was introduced by Cranfield University’s Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre in 2009.