Sarah Taylor, Chief People Officer commented “We are delighted that we have been able to attract strong talent into our business in 2018 and that a significant number of these have been women. A recent study by the Royal Society of Chemistry commented that “It is clear from the evidence that a continued challenge for gender equality exists, particularly in retaining and developing women into positions of leadership within the chemical sciences”. Concept is proud to acknowledge that we have recruited a high number of females into senior roles such as Scientific Leads, Heads of Departments & Finance Leads. Our current employee base is 58% male and 42% female which is excellent for the sector and we are committed to improving this gap. We continue to attract females into a variety of roles within the core STEM roles and have good links with educational establishments to promote these roles as great career paths for young women”.

International Day for Women and Girls in Science

Photo left to right:
Tilly Bingham – VP Medicinal Chemistry, Lavinia Alderson – Finance Director, Kathleen Murphy – Group Financial Reporting Manager, Lorraine Bater – Regional Director, Sarah Taylor – Chief People Officer, Cathy Bowes – Group Head of Marketing, Helen McKeever – Group Head of Program Management & Michelle Gale – Head of Customer Services.
*Sarah Taylor joined Concept in Feb 2016 and is pictured central with the new joiners.

About International Day for Women and Girls in Science
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated each year on 11 February, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened. The celebration is led by UNESCO and UN-Women, in collaboration with institutions and civil society partners that promote women and girls’ access to and participation in science.
Science and gender equality are both vital for sustainable development. Yet women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science: less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women.
Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the Agenda for Sustainable Development — from improving health to combatting climate change — will rely on harnessing all talent. That means getting more women working in these fields. Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity.