A diverse and inclusive culture is an integral part of our core values and is key to ensuring the Society delivers a great service to its members. We're really pleased that in 2022 we appointed our first female chair in our 170-year history. We also recognise that we have more to do.
All appointments are made to the Board on the basis of merit and the appointment process is based on their knowledge, skills, experience, and suitability for the role, so that they can deliver value to the Society and its members as well as meeting the regulatory requirements. In making appointments and reviewing its composition, the Board considers all aspects of diversity, including age, experience, and gender.
We want all people to feel welcome to work at the Society and to fulfil their potential, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
We're ambitious to increase diversity further both on the Board and in the Society, but this does depend on finding and developing appropriately qualified candidates. We will continue to work hard in this area both in terms of identifying people and developing those who already work for us.