Here’s an interesting question, in an age where gender equality is frequently at the top of the media’s agenda, where are the women in senior roles at family offices?
Take any sample of single-family offices staff and there are few women in senior roles. Maybe that’s because family offices have been able to get away with hiring fewer women, compared to businesses more in the public domain.
“The gender gap has been top-down ‘policy’ driven so those firms who feel themselves to be under scrutiny have responded first, whereas those like many family offices and privately controlled businesses which are less visible have found themselves feeling able to respond less,” says Rhian-Anwen Hamill, director and co-founder of the executive search firm, RAH Partners. “That’s a mistake.”