Dr. Val Singh
BSc (1st Class Hons) PhD DipAppSS FHEA FRSA
- Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Leadership
- Corporate Governance
- Career Development
Val is a Consultant and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, following a career there as Reader in the Organizational Behaviour field, specialising in diversity on corporate boards, and barriers and facilitators to board-level careers. She was Deputy Director, International Centre for Women Leaders (ICWL). Starting her academic career in mid-life, Val was Gender Editor of The Journal of Business Ethics, Associate Editor of Gender Work & Organization, and published widely in academic & practitioner journals, books and newspapers including The Financial Times. She is co-editor of the book: Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice (Edward Elgar, 2008). She has been a plenary speaker at international conferences, and was a National Business Awards judge for several years. Recent activities include a 2012 study for the Dubai Women Establishment on Top Women’s Career and Board Experiences, and their Recommendations regarding a potential Quota for Female Directors on UAE boards; research for the Davies Commission on women directors, a study of French corporate boards, a study of directors’ governance roles in Iceland, career workshops for academics, and for engineers/scientists on profile-building and cv development. She is still actively involved in writing academic papers. Prior to retirement from 2008: Co-initiator with Prof Susan Vinnicombe of annual Female FTSE Studies in 1999, acknowledged as UK’s premier research resource on women directors and leaders. Initiator of similar studies on ethnic minority directors in FTSE 100 companies. As well as her research into diversity at board level, Val worked with a variety of large companies, public sector organisations, policy makers, media and other academic centres both in the UK and internationally.