So is the glass ceiling still a reality?
“Here I’m one of three executive directors,” said Stacey, “and one of the others is a woman. Kate is exactly the person to set an example to other women – she is brilliant in her own right and brings expertise and insights. Now, if she were a man, would it be any different? I really struggle to think so.
“A business does need to create a working environment that is comfortable for everyone. But with this in place, if the myth continues to exist that ‘it’s a man’s world and not welcoming enough’, that has to be dispelled.”
A decade of progress
“Attitudes to women in business have changed dramatically, even in the past 10-15 years,” said Stacey. “Early in my career there were plenty of comments directed at women in business – including how they looked. And women then were far more likely to say ‘just let it go’.
“Over the years I’ve also seen many women in meetings lacking confidence because they’re addressing an audience of men and feeling they’re being judged.”
Commenting on her role in 2000 on the board of a property group, she said: “Initially I was a token woman – there was a time when I felt I was used as the proof that the organisation and even the sector were changing. We couldn’t be criticised because ‘look we’ve got Juliette on the board’, and the fact that there were 18 men on the board was overlooked.