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Women-only network appoints male chairman

A networking group with the aim of supporting female leaders has been criticised for appointing a male chairman.
AllBright announced that Allan Leighton, chairman of the Co-operative Group, had taken the role.
The privately-run group describes itself as "the network for working women in the UK".
Co-founder Debbie Wosskow defended the decision, saying that to create change you "need to bring men with you".
The group was founded in 2016 by Debbie Wosskow OBE, who launched home exchange website LoveHomeSwap, and Anna Jones, former chief executive of publishing house Hearst.
The London-based group's activities include a private members' club and an academy for helping women grow their businesses.
It has attracted well-known members, including actress Naomie Harris and newsreader Sarah-Jane Mee.
AllBright's women-only focus extends to exclusively sourcing the wine and art in its club from female producers.
"Of course we need men on board," comedian Kate Smurthwaite told the BBC's Today Programme.
"How can we get anywhere until men are willing to share their power? What I'm not entirely convinced about is having men in charge."
She suggested that by appointing a man, AllBright is allowing him to "take the public glory as it were, and have that high-profile role".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45083594


 
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