Greggs is on a roll. The northern bakery chain, beloved for its steak bakes and vegan sausage rolls, has clocked up more than £1bn in sales and almost quadrupled its market value in the past 10 years. Chairman Durant has made sure gender equality is on the board agenda. Greggs is a signatory to the National Equality Standard, 43% of its board are female and the company runs a Women’s Development Programme to help more high-potential women to the top. Durant, who also chairs DFS Furniture, is a member of the 30% Club.
She Says: "Ian is the sort of chairman who really takes an interest and puts himself out there to support progression for women in retail management." Roisin Currie, retail operations and people director, Greggs